The Best Natural Bronzers for Sunkissed Skin
No matter what time of year, many of us love our bronzers to add a bit of structure and glow to our complexions.
When used in just the right places and proportions, bronzer can leave you feeling summery and sun kissed. However, to create this effect, you not only need a bronzer that is smooth to apply and easy to blend, but you need a product that will give you peace of mind, especially as it is often applied over most of your face. In analysing some of the most popular bronzers found in beauty stores, we found that most of them contained harmful, toxic ingredients in promise for glowing skin. In contrast, mineral bronzers, like those from INIKA can achieve the same, if not better, effect with no cost to the health of your skin or body at all!
INGREDIENTS IN BRONZERS
In our research, we found that some of the most common ingredients in popular bronzers are parabens. From the slightly concerning methylparaben to more the irritating and endocrine disrupting propylparaben and isobutylparaben, these bronzers had the full range of nasty preservatives. One of the key problems with parabens is that they only work to lengthen the life of your product and do nothing but harm to your skin. In contrast, mineral powder bronzers are made from inorganic materials and don’t require any preservatives at all, leaving you with a safe and simple formula where every ingredient benefits your skin.
Fragrance was commonly next on the list of harmful ingredients in these bronzers. If you’ve read about fragrance before, you’ll know that this one ingredient can act as a broad listing for any number of these 3000 or more chemicals, including phthalates, which are plasticisers that can cause reproductive and developmental toxicity. Out of all cosmetics, there is really no need to include any sort of fragrance in bronzers. Mineral bronzers such as those by INIKA don’t include fragrance, so you can apply your makeup with ease knowing that there are no hidden nasties!
Other common and possibly harmful ingredients that we came across when reading the packaging of popular bronzers include limonene, petrolatum, lilial, and benzyl salicylate. Unfortunately, we can’t name the popular bronzers that we analysed but if you do some quick research, you will surely find that some of the bestselling bronzers are highly toxic.
BENEFITS OF MINERAL BRONZERS
There are so many great reasons to choose mineral bronzers over everything else. Mineral bronzers not only have a long shelf life and are free of all the nasties that pollute the environment and your skin, but they also create a beautiful result. Mineral bronzers, especially those by Australian and vegan brand INIKA, are smooth to apply, lightweight, and don’t sink into fine lines. You can also mix your loose mineral bronzers with water to create creamy eyeshadows or use them to contour different parts of your face.
Our favourite toxin-free bronzers include INIKA’s Baked Mineral Bronzer and INIKA’s Loose Mineral Bronzer.
Available in the Sunkissed shade from Ever Natural, INIKA’s Baked Mineral Bronzer is for those who prefer compact powder. Made in Italy, this product is highly pigmented, giving you a warm glow without the nasties of common bronzers. With a no mess design and its very own mirror, this compact mineral makeup is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.
For those who work better with loose powder, INIKA’s Loose Mineral Bronzers can easily be buffed into the skin and contain only four ingredients: Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide, and Iron Oxides. The shade Sunloving is a deep bronze, while Sunkissed is a medium bronze, and Sunlight is a light, golden bronze. Each shade is a silky texture, allowing your skin to breathe, and avoiding harmful ingredients while using light-reflecting and gentle ingredients to make your complexion truly glow.
HOW TO APPLY MINERAL BRONZERS
INIKA suggests taking your favourite kabuki or blush brush and lightly dipping your brush in your loose bronzer or dabbing your brush in your baked bronzer. Next, tap off any excess product and lightly dust over the high points of your face where the sun would usually hit, such as your cheekbones, forehead, and the bridge of your nose. For a more dramatic sculpturing, use your bronzer instead to contour your face by applying your product in the hollows of your cheeks, around your temples, and under your jawline. It’s always best to use mineral makeup in moderation and in layers, slowly building your application until you achieve your desired result.