Tan / SPF
>BEST FAKE TAN RANGE
* XEN-TAN, FROM €20
A relative newcomer to the Irish market, Xen-Tan spray tans have quickly become a favourite. The home fake tan range is just as impressive, giving a natural-looking result without a nauseating ‘fake tan’ smell.
>BEST GRADUAL TANNER
* DOVE SUMMER GLOW €5.82 / JOHNSON’S HOLIDAY SKIN, €7.49
It’s a tie for this category. Dove Summer Glow is a thicker lotion but is easy to spread on the body and gives a great result. Holiday Skin is thinner in formulation but is the hero product that started the whole gradual tanner trend.
>BEST TAN FOR LEGS
* SALLY HANSEN AIRBRUSH LEGS, €13.95
It’s like tights in a can; Airbrush legs offers natural-looking full-coverage in an instant. Spray it on, blend it in and marvel as it makes veins, blemishes and uneven skintone disappear. It’s waterproof too.
>BEST LUXURY SPF RANGE
* CLARINS, FROM €21.50
A comprehensive range of skincare products that do more than just protect against UVA and UVB rays. Clarins suncare products keep skin in great condition too.
>BEST SPF FOR FACE
* DERMALOGICA SOLAR DEFENSE BOOSTER, €38
Light enough to use on its own under moisturiser or base, you can also easily add some to your own moisturiser to give it an SPF boost. There’s no artificial colour or fragrance in there to irritate skin either.
>BEST BUDGET SPF RANGE
* BOOTS SOLTAN, FROM €12.44
The extensive sun-care range from the trusted high street brand gets the award for being innovative, affordable and effective. Top marks for kid-friendly products too.
“Before applying self tan, it is vital that you use a good exfoliant. This will smooth away dry skin and give a golden radiant glow. Using a body exfoliant regularly will help any tan go on more smoothly and daily moisturising will help a tan to fade naturally. Don’t use a moisturiser immediately before applying fake tan as it can stop the product from ‘taking’.”
NUALA O’FARRELL HEAD OF TRAINING FOR CLARINS IN IRELAND