Monday 24 October 2016

Beauty: 5 of the best.... New tanning products

Published 26/04/2015 | 02:30

Campaign image courtesey of St Tropez
Campaign image courtesey of St Tropez
Self Tan Express, €44.99, St Tropez available nationwide.
Glow Booster for Body, €36, Clarins, available nationwide.
Sunshimmer Self-tan Mousse, €10.79, Rimmel, available nationwide.
Overnight Ageless Tanning Balm, €28, He-Shi, available in selected retailers nationwide.
Super Model Body, €59, Charlotte Tilbury, available in Brown Thomas Dublin and

Despite the major advancements in fake tanning products over the years, I've always been a bit afraid of facial tan, as I invariably break-out, and I find it rarely looks natural, so it was with some caution and concern that I tried He-Shi's new Overnight Ageless Tanning Balm, but I need not have worried.

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Designed to be applied at night before bed, I had washed my face well and closed my pores with cold water before applying, and woke up to a fresh, natural glow, and in the days following, no spots appeared. This facial tanner has the added benefit of containing anti-ageing, hydrating ingredients, so in that way, acts as a night cream too.

Following the success of Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face, Clarins has just launched a version for the body, and it's every bit as good. With its very handy dropper bottle, all you do is add one or two drops to your body moisturiser. It's fool-proof and works to build up a gradual glow. Ideal for people who favour a subtle tan.

Where body fake tan is concerned I tend to prefer using mousse-based products, which is why I loved Rimmel's new Sunshimmer and St Tropez's Self Tan Express. Both tans are really dark on application so you see exactly what you're doing, and rectify any streaks should they occur. Also, both tans are easy to blend, lasted well and wore well. What I also loved about St Tropez's new tan, and, I suppose, what justifies its higher price point, is the fact that you can shower so soon after application.

Quite accurately described as "shapewear lingerie for the skin", Charlotte Tilbury's SuperModel Body is a product that when you use it for the first time, you make a vow then and there to never be without again. Its function is three-fold: the collagen present firms and tones the skin, the caffeine in it detoxes and the metal highlighter makes the skin glow. Kim Kardashian has said publicly that she's a fan, and uses it on her shins, specifically, to cheat her way to longer, leaner limbs. To make it last longer, because it ain't cheap, I mix it with a little bit of moisturiser.

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