02 Aug 2018

Tanning Made Easy

While we all love a natural bronzed look, it’s never wise to get too much sun exposure. Luckily, there is one way to make sure you get a nice tan, without damaging your skin… instant tan.

There are some brilliant brands available that will give you a natural looking tan, in various shades, meaning you can obtain the colour you want without having to sit in the sun all day.

Here are our favourites

Catwalk HQ is an Irish tanning brand that uses the finest ingredients and components to ensure only the best product goes on your skin. The range focuses on luxury tanning which not only delivers a beautiful natural looking tan but is also a superfood for your skin.

The tan, which comes in medium and dark shades, is enriched with amino acids to speed up and boost the natural reaction and Hyaluronic Acid that keeps your skin hydrated. It’s also high in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals such as Goji Berry Extract, Red Raspberry Extract, Aloe Vera and Ginkgo Biloba Extract.

bBold is another self-tanning range that combines the best ingredients, including premium high grade DHA, red berry erythrulose, aloe vera, Vitamin E and cocoa butter. It boasts an innovative non-streak formula that has instant colour, so you don’t miss any areas, leaving you with an even natural looking tan.

It includes lotion, mousse and liquid in medium dark and extra dark.

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bPerfect tan promises a self-tan in just 10 seconds and comes in both mousse and liquid consistencies that can be used on the face and body. Its lightweight consistency has been developed with aloe vera and contains natural and organic active ingredients.

The range comes in medium, dark and ultra dark. The difference with this tan is that each level of intensity has a different scent. Medium has hints of coconut, while dark offers the subtle smell of watermelon and ultra dark is made with mango.

It is advised that light to fair complexions use Medium Coconut, medium to dark complexions that tend to tan quite easy in the sun to use Dark Watermelon and dark complexions or those wanting a deeper darker tan to use Ultra Dark Mango.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is a staple in most tan lover’s arsenal. It glides on instantly to give a flawless finish. The lightweight formula, enriched with Palmaria Extract, enhances the coverage of freckles, veins and imperfections. It’s water and transfer resistant.

Available in 75ml spray its small size makes it perfect for travelling and small enough to bring in your carry-on.

The application for each tan will vary but a good starting point before applying any tan is to exfoliate and moisturise your skin at least 24 hours before application. Once you use the tan, apply in circular motions with a mitt. Pay particular attention to areas like your elbows, knees and fingers where tan can get stuck. Leave for a few hours, as per the guidelines of the tan, before showering.