Body Bronzer vs. Body Highlighter - What's The Difference?

woman-applying-body-bronzer-and-highlighter-to-shouldersWarm weather has arrived, and you probably don’t want to look like you’ve been hiding under thick sweaters all this time. Shoulders in need of a little shimmer before you break out the sun dresses? Legs, too? There’s a dizzying array of self-tanning, bronzing, and highlighting potions out there, and it can be hard for a girl to choose. Whether you’re new to bronzers & highlighters or you’re ready to break up with your old product, we’ll break down the differences for you.

What is Body Bronzer?

Bronzers add a little color to your skin to give you that sun-kissed look without the UV damage. Like foundation or contouring makeup for your face, body bronzers come in powder, spray, cream and oil forms. You’ll can also choose between matte and shimmery finishes.

Are Body Bronzer and Self-Tanner the Same Thing?

No, they’re completely different products. Self-tanners (or sunless tanners) contain a color additive known as dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, as their active ingredient. According to The Mayo Clinic, “When applied, dihydroxyacetone reacts with dead skin cells in the skin’s surface to temporarily darken the skin and simulate a tan. The coloring typically wears off after a few days.”

Self-tanner is meant to cover your entire body, head to toe. Applying it yourself takes practice, and when poorly blended, streaks and mistakes show. Bronzer, on the other hand, is much more forgiving. Spot application is easily blended.

When it comes to removal, bronzer can be washed off in the shower. Self-tanner takes a while to wear off, which can be great if the color and application look good. When they don’t, you’re stuck.

How Does Highlighter Differ from Bronzer?

Basically, bronzer gives you a faux tan, and highlighter gives you a glow. While highlighters contain pigment, the color works more like a blush, to complement the natural undertones in your skin. It’s designed to brighten and make you look healthy and glowing, rather than tanned.

What are the Benefits of Bronzers vs. Highlighters?

If you want a little more color in your skin, a bronzer will give you that. Also, if you prefer a matte look, and some color without shine, bronzer is definitely the product for you. Remember: many bronzers contain no sunscreen. Don’t get a burn under that faux tan!

Comfortable with your color? Want to look like you, but glowing? You’re a highlighter girl.

BeautyGARDE 12-hr Waterproof Face & Body Highlighter

Our waterproof, long-wearing highlighter will take you from the beach to the club without skipping a beat. Change your clothes and sit on your friend’s white couch without concern. BeautyGARDE Face & Body Highlighter will not smudge or transfer to fabrics.

No need to worry about a separate product for your face. Our highlighter is designed for both face and body.

Want a product that can bronze and highlight in one? Try our bronzed peach if you want your glow to come with a bit of sun-kissed color.

The innovative roll-on applicator means your hands don’t get messy. The soft sponge tip builds and blends color, rolling easily over your skin for a smooth, seamless finish.

When you’re done, pop the cap on and toss it in your bag for next time. The tube can go anywhere you do – beach, dance club, or vacation.

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Clean cleansing oil removes your waterproof highlighter, along with any other waterproof makeup. Full of antioxidant-rich plant compounds, our blend contains geranium, olive, vitamin E, castor and rosemary oils to nourish your skin while it cleanses. Tiny rosebuds impart an intoxicating aroma.

BeautyGARDE Clean Cleansing Oil is a great addition to your anti-pollution skincare routine. The deep-cleansing oil extracts dirt, chemicals, pollution and makeup from your pores. Antioxidants in the oils fight the inflammation that causes acne.

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