5 top tips for the perfect fake tan

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. Coco Brown 1 hour tan – €7.99 – cheap & cheerful with a great result cocoa-brown-by-marissa-carter

  2. bBold self-tan lotion – €18.95 – an even base which leaves no streaky residue


  3. St Tropez self-tanning bronzing mousse – €42.99 – the ultimate fake tan product.

    sttropez tan


Clare Brennan and Lauren Healy

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