Even if you've been diligent about applying SPF, chances are you're looking more bronzed right about now than in, say, February. And you're probably not too sad about it. Keeping that bronze, however, is the tricky part -- especially if you're using acids and brightening serums to lighten any sun damage you've picked up over the last few months.
That's where these new bronzing serums come in. They enhance your summertime glow and make skin appear immediately flawless (by blurring pores and hiding blemishes), and they have skin care ingredients that brighten, tighten and smooth your complexion over time.
While powder bronzers can appear flat and cakey, bronzing serums are sheer, easy to layer and look like your real skin -- but better. You'll be able to convince everyone you spent the summer surfing even if you were hiding under an umbrella slathered in SPF 50. And your skin will thank you.
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Anti-Pollution Serum Bronzer
A few drops of Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Sheer Liquid Sunshine, $35, will give you a summery glow while protecting your skin from pollution. The formula creates a barrier from free-radicals and environmental aggressors without feeling heavy or clogging pores.
Hydrating Serum Bronzer
Lancome Belle de Teint Liquid Glow, $38, is more than a serum bronzer -- it's a magical combination of oil and water that's incredibly moisturizing (essentially making it a micellar bronzer -- the first of its kind). Shake it up to activate the pearl particles and mix the oil and water, and dab on a few drops wherever you want a tan sheen.
Skin-Smoothing Serum Bronzer
Thanakha tree bark makes the Volition Thanakha Radiant Bronzer, $40, incredibly special. It's an ingredient that Burmese women have been using for centuries to shrink pores and smooth skin. In the form of a serum bronzer, it makes skin look immediately flawless while improving texture and tone over time.
Fine Line-Fighting Serum Bronzer
Bareminerals BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer, $28, is a tawny lightweight liquid that's packed with good-for-your-skin botanicals. Vitamin E protects skin from free radicals, lilac stem cell extract speeds up cell turnover and jojoba oil hydrates while calming irritation.