Aisling Keenan: Bronzed goddess
Top tan tips from Aisling Keenan
When we think of Irish skin, we think pale, pasty, blotchy and easily burned. We think of freckles and factor 50 sun protection. Pale isn't always a bad thing -- there are a few lucky ladies who can rock the pale and interesting look. But, for the majority of us, if we want a healthy glow without the sun holiday, we need to fake it.
I'll admit to the odd day spent as an oompa loompa, all in a quest to find the ideal tanning solution.
10 Tan Commandments
Choose a tan to suit your skin tone
Don’t apply too much too soon
Exfoliate well first
Moisturise yourself all over
Apply with a mitt or gloves
Tan your hands with a mix of moisturiser and tan
Don’t over-rub the tan — it will streak
Don’t put clothes on until it has dried
Paint your nails to avoid discolouration
Moisturise as it comes off to avoid that ‘dirty skin’ look
Dove Summer Glow, €5.88, most department stores and pharmacies. These are good for no-nonsense, gradual tanning. Throw it on like moisturiser and watch a light tan develop each day. It’ll give you a bit of colour without turning you mahogany. I love Dove’s version because it leaves your skin silky and doesn’t smell like biscuits, as daily developers quite often do.
Instant Rimmel Sun Shimmer, €7.95, and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, €13.95, both pharmacies nationwide.
Instant tans are ideal for last-minute occasions when you need a quick glow. The colour appears instantly, so you can see any streaks immediately. Great for topping up a spray tan, too, although beware of contact with water — spilled drinks and rain are its enemies.
Sun Shimmer is a classic — cheap, easy and suits almost every skin tone. Sally Hansen’s spray-on version works wonders on legs, making them look smooth and lightly tanned. It can look a bit cakey and thick when used on other body parts, but in moderation can work quite well.
Longer lasting He-Shi Dark Foaming Mousse, €30, for stockists see www.heshi. eu. Doing it yourself at home can be tricky.
At least instant tan washes off — no one wants to see streaks appear as tan develops. With He-Shi’s mousse, the worry factor is gone. You can see where you are applying colour, it dries quickly, doesn’t smell, and develops more colour as the day goes on. It stays on for a few days too, even after showering, and comes off evenly.
Salon spray tan Vita Liberata Full Body Spray Tan, €25, Pure Beauty Rooms, Clontarf and other salons (for salon info check www.vitaliberata.co.uk). Vita Liberata is a recent discovery of mine, but I have been converted.
I have had my fair share of spray tans, good and bad, but Vita Liberata is the best yet. Not a single streak, a gorgeous golden colour and totally odourless. In the salon, the attention to detail is unique — they moisturise the tell-tale areas of your skin to make the tan as natural looking as possible. Vita Liberata is also available to buy and do yourself.