Glow and Celebrate

Memorial Day… a day we stop and remember those who died while serving in our United States Armed Forces.  Many will be visiting area cemeteries, attending events or spending time with friends and family.  And many with be soaking up the first rays of the summer sun as it’s traditionally seen as the start of the summer season, too.

Growing up in Dallas I have worshiped the Texas sun since I was a child, but as I have gotten older I limit my time in the sun to about 30 minutes each day.  I want just enough sun to get the Vitamin D infusion that we all need without the addition of wrinkles we now know the sun can cause. Did you know that your skin has the ability to manufacture as much as 10,000 IU of Vitamin D after 20-30 minutes of summer sun exposure?  I have learned to go for the glow factor in other ways, as you have read in my previous posts.  There are many alternatives to the sun, so I continue to try various products.  Several have some good features and many have bad… like orange skin!  I am still of huge fan of air brush tanning.  It will last about 10 days, fades naturally and it’s the one true way to get tanned head to toe with no ‘missed areas.’  Also, the Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads are a mainstay in my beauty bag year round and they are a great touch up before the next visit to my esthetician’s office.  But!  On a recent trip to my dermatologist I noticed they were selling St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse.  It is dermatologist recommended so, of course, I had to check it out.

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse is a very lightweight mousse that delivers an instant bronze glow that dries in about 60 seconds and after 4-8 hours, develops into a long-lasting tan.  It also delivers a perfectly natural looking, streak-free tan that fades evenly, too.  It goes on with a greenish brown color – not really attractive, but it’s colored so you can see that it goes on evenly. You will need the mitt or use latex gloves for the application.  What’s very cool is that you see the color begin to develop immediately and it gets darker as the day goes on (and the green goes away once it’s dry).  Once you rinse off the product (wait 4 hours, at least) you will have a beautiful glowing tan… and most importantly – no orange!  On a side note, this product is an Allure Readers’ Choice Award winner for the second year in a row, so it shows lots of people are loving this stuff!  It comes in three sizes and it is available at Nordstrom and Sephora.

So celebrate those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy each and every day as Americans, and get your glow on so you can be one of those shining stars this weekend!

 Every precious memory in your lifetime either begins with a smile, hug, tears, or heartfelt laughter.” ~Alvaretta Roberts

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