Here in Maine we are having a dismal summer. It rained 21 days in the month of June, and July is looking just as grim. I am a true sun worshipper, which is difficult when living in a state where the days are short all winter, and the weather 5 months out of the year is so cold it makes it difficult to be scantily clad, baking out in the wondrous sun. I will admit, I love time in the tanning bed, but am extremely concerned with the aging effects the sun has on my skin. I usually use an SPF 30 on my face, especially when spending time in the tanning bed. So how to achieve the “all over” sun kissed glow (the face has to match the body), the answer is bronzer. Not all bronzers are created alike, and some are downright orange, sparkly or otherwise just messy and gross. Too Faced Bronzed and Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer was given to me to test during beach week, and I loved, loved LOVED it!
Throughout history, tanning has gone in and out of fashion. Using poisonous whiteners to create pale skin has been popular throughout history – particularly during the ancient Greek, Roman and Elizabethan eras. Women went to great lengths to preserve pallid skin, as a sign of their "refinement." In Western countries before the 1920s, dark skin was associated with serfdom and toiling in fields all day. Women even went as far as to put lead-based cosmetics on their skin to artificially whiten their skin tone. However, when not strictly monitored these cosmetics caused lead poisoning. Light-skinned appearance was achieved in other ways, including the use of arsenic to whiten skin, and lightening powders. The preference for fair-skin continued until the end of the Victorian era.
Shortly thereafter, in the 1920s, fashion-designer Coco Chanel accidentally got sunburned while visiting the French Riviera. When she arrived home with a suntan, her fans apparently liked the look and started to adopt darker skin tones themselves. Tanned skin became a trend partly because of Coco’s status and the longing for her lifestyle by other members of society. The photographs of her disembarking in Cannes set a new precedent of beauty; her friend Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucigne later said: "I think she may have invented sunbathing. At that time, she invented everything."
I love the way my skin looks when it is tan. My complexion is clearer, and the cellulite on my butt and thighs is less noticeable. However, that being said, there is no denying that frequent exposure to the sun leads to pre-mature aging. My solution is to always wear an SPF, which definitely necessitates the use of a bronzer. I have my favorite, which took a moderate amount of time to find, so I was a little skeptical when given Too Faced Bronzed and Poreless. Some bronzers make your face orange like an Oopma Loompa. Or else they have so much shimmer and sparkle that they are only suitable for a night out at the club, not a day at the office....