As someone who grew up in NY and spent 40 years of my life there, I experienced 40 summers getting more than my share of sun damage. It seems that people who live in climates that experience cold winters try to squeeze as much summer into three cherished months as possible. You just know that the short, sun-deprived, snowy days of winter will be coming. When I first moved to California, I luxuriated in having sunny days about 10 months out of 12, happily soaking in those mythical Los Angeles solar rays. I now never take a sunny day for granted and always look forward to a sunny tomorrow!
Most of the sun exposure I get now does not involve dangerously baking my skin as I did in my teens and twenties, but is more incidental sun exposure by just being out and enjoying the outdoors, gardening, reading, doing errands, watching kids’ soccer games and walking the dog–not basking for hours trying to achieve the improbable: transforming fair & freckled into bronze & glowing. I don’t know why bronze & glowing will always be so attractive to me but maybe it’s that most people want the opposite of what they have or because of growing up with only 3 months of warm weather.
In pursuit of that even, healthy-looking glow, I now turn to self-tanners & bronzers more than the sun and there are some really great vegan & cruelty-free products available. It seems like it’s the safer alternative right now (if tan is what you must have) when we have to be vigilant about sun block and careful about avoiding the sun during certain hours.
When the end of summer is in sight and chillier, shorter days (yes, even in LA!) will be here before we know it, I like to know that I can extend the “glow” with these sun-cheaters and look like a day at the beach when it’s really been a day at the computer! -
See the 9 fabulous vegan sunless products that will keep you glowing at: http://veganamericanprincess.com/summers-end-is-coming-but-my-glow-is-here-to-stay/#sthash.NiltCJau....
Ellen Francis Vegan American Princess
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