Considering we are now approaching the Christmas season and many of us fear the thought of bearing our pale, Irish legs in this Baltic climate, now has never been a better time to perfect our fake-tanning routine. By following these simple tips, you’ll be left with legs that rival Miranda Kerr’s, and avoid looking like Ross Geller’s post-tan disaster.
- Hair removal-It’s always best to wax or shave 24 hours before applying your fake tan. If you don’t, you could be left with red, irritated skin.
- Exfoliate and moisturise-This should also be done 24 hours before tanning. Exfoliating gloves are an essential for preparing your skin for a flawless tan. Try use shower gel as greasy exfoliators can mess up your tan. Once you’ve exfoliated be sure to moisturise from top-to-toe. Pay particular attention to your wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and any areas that may be prone to dry skin.
- Preparation– Apply Vaseline to your eyebrows and around your hair line to avoid the tan from clumping in these areas. If you have dry skin apply a small amount of moisturiser to dry areas but be sure to let it fully sink in before tanning. Applying a coat of clear nail varnish to your nails will help to avoid discoloured nails.
- Tanning-Grab a tanning mitt or latex gloves and your favourite tan and apply. Start with your feet and work upwards. Once you have tanned your body, use a small amount to tan your hands or face. If you use a tanning mitt, lightly brush over your face and hands without applying more tan to the mitt.
- Drying-Avoid putting clothes on until the tan is dry, then throw on loose, dark clothing. Leave tan on for about 8 hours before showering.
Our top three recommended tans:
- Coco Brown 1 hour tan – €7.99 – cheap & cheerful with a great result
- bBold self-tan lotion – €18.95 – an even base which leaves no streaky residue
- St Tropez self-tanning bronzing mousse – €42.99 – the ultimate fake tan product.
Clare Brennan and Lauren Healy