With all that patio drinking you’ll probably be doing this weekend, I would be remiss if I didn’t follow it up with a little sunscreen post.
I go through sunscreen phases – flip flopping somewhere between the all-in and the not-with-a-ten-foot-pole ends of the spectrum. A few years ago I went on a natural sunscreen bender and I tried every non-toxic sunscreen on the shelf. They were great as far as texture and coverage are concerned, but the only thing they seemed to be lacking is a more natural color that doesn’t make my already white white white skin look fluorescent.
Please tell me you know what I’m talking about? It’s that 1980’s zinc oxide effect, just all over your entire body.
And it’s hot.
All the blending in the world couldn’t tame that glow and so I eventually started wearing less and less until I stopped wearing it all together (which, needless to say, is no bueno). Finally, after months of going sans sunscreen I started experimenting with mixing in natural powders to give it a bronzy tint.
My purpose was two-fold: make my sunscreen more wearable, and make my skin a little more bronze without the aid of tanners or the sun.
Whether you want a little color for the beach or a creamy contour color to add to your makeup stash, this tinted SPF covers all the bases and gives you that pretty, just back from vacation glow. Not that blindingly white fork-in-a-microwave glow.
DIY Cream Bronzer with SPF
Using a spoon and small bowl, mix oxide powder into sunscreen in 1/2 tsp increments until you reach the ideal shade for your skin tone (a little goes a long way!) Be sure to mix well until smooth. Store in a screw top container or a squeezable travel tube.