Being on lockdown does not have to equal pasty limbs.
In these uncertain times, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. The 24-hour news cycle, worries about your loved ones, and spending a lot of time alone can all contribute to a lot of stress on your psyche.
Equally, some of the things you'd typically do to cheer yourself up like hitting the gym or getting your nails done are also off the cards right now.
So, what can you?
Well, hear us out on this, but we're advocating for indulging in some self-tanning sessions during social distancing! We know it sounds trivial, but you'd be surprised by the effect a fine faux-glow might have on your mood... even if it's only seen on the skin below your PJs and above your slippers.
Much like makeup has the power to raise spirits when we're feeling down, painting on a golden bronze hue will allow us all to feel much less zombie-like as we get to grips with our new reality.
And while actually experiencing some sun on our skin seems like another lifetime away, we're not about to shun anything that brings a little joy to our lives right now. Suffice to say, we and Lucy Williams are on the same page here, according to her stories this morning!
Plus, if you're a tanning neophyte, then now is the perfect time to get practising; no one will be around to witness any lurid mistakes!
So, if we've managed to convince you of the merits of self-tanning during self-isolation, then gather your bronzing armoury and check if there are any gaps if your stash. If that's the case, here’s an edit of our favourite mood-boosting self-tans, as inspiration!
This hydrating serum works double-time - it deepens and extends a natural, sun-kissed glow via the brand's 'Melanin Activator Complex and is blended with nourishing Aloe Vera and Raspberry Extract to prevent peeling and keep your skin radiant.
Tan Booster Illuminating Sun Activating & Intensifying Drops, €47, Tan Luxe
For a Quick Fix that Lasts:
This multitasking gem gives the most flawless skin finish instantly, while a longer-lasting self-tan develops underneath.
Body Blur Sunless Glow in Latte, €36.95, Vita Liberata
For Dry Skins:
Formulated with organic virgin coconut oil and a touch of self-tan, this rich balm melts into the skin and develop a subtle golden tan with no help from the sun.
Coconut Melting Tanning Balm Face & Body, €38, James Read
For a Believable Hue:
This delicious self-tanner smells like Cocoa and has a tinted caramel colour for easy application. Enriched with Aloe Vera, the creamy texture glides onto your skin and in just a few hours, expect a natural-looking golden glow.
Delicious Self-Tanning Cream, €32, Clarins
For a Gradual Fade:
A daily dose of tan! Use this gradual tanning milk as an everyday moisturiser to keep skin hydrated and golden bronze. Smells good, no weird streaks and zero sheet-transfer.
Gradual Tanning Milk, €17.50, Bondi Sands
For Next Level Bronze:
This mousse contains high concentrations of active ingredients to giving you a darker tan FAST – after just one layer. Wash off the rich guide colour to reveal an ultra-dark olive tan, that isn’t at all tangoed.
2HR Express Dark Mousse, €54, Loving Tan
Stay well and happy tanning!
Main image: @emmahoareau