the bronze (anti) age
There’s one product that’s taking the sting out of this lifestyle change, and that’s my compact of Physicians Formula Glow-Boosting Pressed Bronze Booster (say that three times fast). On the one hand: A bronzer is a bronzer is a bronzer…a few swipes with a big, fluffy powder brush and you get that sun-kissed glow. On the other hand: Some are too shimmery. (I don’t know about you, but when I get color on vacation, sparkles don’t magically appear on my face.) Other bronzers make me look oddly dirty—like I haven’t scrubbed in a while. And a few turn me downright beta-carotene orange. Not unlike an Oompa Loompa.
Without a doubt, there are some truly terrific bronzers on department-store shelves these days; Guerlain was the first company to actually start the trend back in the mid-Eighties, and they’re still on top of their game. But that game costs $47. I like to play cheaper, and my non-sparkly, non-orangey Bronze Booster (which comes in three shades) is my sport of choice. Available for $13-$15 at www.target.com, www.drugstore.com, and www.walmart.com.
So where do you stand on a tan? Is pale pretty again? Or are you still toiling with fake baking and/or (gasp) the real-deal ball of fire?