#nofilter by Denise Smith
THE weather has finally got the memo that it’s summer and has started hotting up, giving us the opportunity to get our glow on.
As the season’s trends include city shorts and spaghetti strap dresses, here are the top tans available on the market to get that bronzed look.
THERE SHE GLOWS
St Tropez Ashley Graham Ultimate Glow Kit, €45
What's good enough for Ashley Graham is good enough for me. If you want a believable just-back-from-holiday glow that doesn't streak, you're not going to get closer than this. I adore the whipped crème mousse formula. It feels featherlight on the skin and it's laced with skin-good ingredients for an instant kiss of colour.
Tan Republic TanBag Self Tanning Bed Sheet Protector, €24.95
FINALLY, a product that could save your sheets - and your relationship. Say see ya later to orange bed linen with this genius TanBag. It's as simple as lashing on your chosen tan and climbing into the comfy sleep sack overnight. It has been a game changer for me and my washing. It's also machine washable and fast drying.
BELLA THE BALL
Bellamianta Self Tanning Tinted Mousse in Ultra Dark, €25, and Precision Body Brush, €25
Bellamianta's cult favourite tanning lotion is now in a deeper, darker hue and I am here for it. Packed full of Vitamin A, C and E and shea butter, you can expect silky smooth limbs thanks to the improved hydration hit, and less lines and wrinkles. It's 60- second fast dry formula makes it a hit every time.
LUSSO HOT RIGHT NOW
Lusso Tan Hand & Face Brush Bundle, €25
Who hasn't been tan-handed? I have been a victim of dodgy digits but you can take the guesswork out of tanning tricky spots with this must-have mist. Lightweight and nourishing, the formula is infused with antioxidants for a healthy, radiant glow. For a limited time, it comes with this gorgeous kabuki brush to make the process even more idiot-proof.
GREEN AND GOLD
TanOrganic Facial Self-Tanning Oil, €29.99
IF you want to invest in a tan that is as kind to the environment as it is to your skin, look no further than this cult Irish bronzing brand. The cruelty-free facial oil is specially formulated for the delicate skin on the face. Just add a couple of drops to your palms, rub them together and slide over your face and neck for natural glow that lasts up to a week.
Bondi Sands Pure Self Tanning Sleep Mask, €20.99
You don't have to catch a flight to Oz to get a an all-over golden glow. This time-saving sleep mask works while you don't, so you can catch up on your beauty sleep and awaken to an ethereal, just-went-surfing hue. Hyaluronic acid intensely hydrates, vitamin C brightens skin, while vitamin E nourishes and repairs for smooth, healthy-looking skin.
JET SET IS PRETTY FLY
Amanda Harrington The Jet Set Duo, €35
Because I am a tanning Thursday kinda gal, I want to invest in a facial mist that will also be kind to my skin. The bronzing face mist is infused with collagen and CQ10, meaning it not only promotes skin elasticity, it also provides antioxidant protection. It comes with a soft kabuki brush, ideal for blending and applying extra colour.
SPRAY FOR DAYS
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Instant Tan Spray, €10.49
This instant spray is my go-to. I have been using it since I was a teenager and it has never let me down. Although my mother will say I ruined many a good bath towel in my time by spraying it too liberally, so be sure to aim for your mitt. A long-lasting product for your pins that stays put and washes off instantly.
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