Believable bronzing

by Gazette Reporter
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On the calendar it looks like we should be bathing in sunshine, but reality hit us hard last week when we wrapped up warm to face the snowy weather. So in a bid to bring a little sunshine to our lives, this week, we are talking all things tan, how to avoid blending in with the snow and instead be a bronzed goddess.

Like many of us, we don’t always have the time to go to a salon and get the spray tan done, so instead it’s a little DIY job at home.

For instant tan, try Karora Self Tan Mist (€24.99). This tan is a quick and easy way to transform skin from pasty to sun-kissed. What’s great about this product is that it’s made using only organic and natural extracts, making it suitable for sensitive skin.

Coverage with this tan was given top marks from our beauty tester, with Jessica saying: “It sprayed on easy and, used with their exfoliating product [Karora Micro Peel €14.99], it made sure it was an even tan.

“As a newbie to fake tan, I was very surprised and happy with the results – I went back to looking American,” she laughed.

Karora is available at McCabes, Doc Morris, Sam McCauleys and independent pharmacies and salons nationwide or online @

Another instant tan is He-Shi with its hint of sparkle that really radiates on dull days. This product first appeared on our beauty radar last December, but as it still feels like that same month, why not add a bit of Christmas Sparkle to our so- called spring months. Applied with a mitt, like all tans should, this tan goes on smoothly and without any fuss because it has a cream texture. It’s light and being an instant tan it’s easy to see where to blend and even out the tan.

Beauty tester Natalie said: “After applying the tan, I felt the colour was really natural and my skin had a really nice glow to it. It would be the perfect tan for a night out or a special occasion.”

The He-Shi range has a youth revivé opti tan formula that rejuvenates your skin’s appearance, whilst helping to fight the signs of ageing. Other products include their He-Shi Face & Body Gel €21.50.

Available at participating stores, salons and spas nationwide.

Express, self-tan mousse Cocoa Brown (€7.99) is easy to apply and develops into a natural tan within just 60 minutes – yes you read correct, one hour.

This mousse is nicely fragranced, glides on to the skin, is lightweight and fast drying. Testing this one, I gave it the full 60 minutes and jumped straight into the shower at 61 minutes.

Afterwards there was a slight difference, but not dark enough for my liking. So it is recommended by the product makers to try it for two consecutive nights for a darker tan, which worked out better. It can also be left on for three hours before washing off to insure a darker look. See for stockists

These products are just a few of what is available out there, so test and trial before making up your mind. Don’t forget to exfoliate and treat drier areas like to the elbow, knees and ankles with extra care by moisturising well.

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