All of the confidence, none of the sun damage.

All of the confidence, none of the sun damage. SS'18 Zimmerman

Baring your skin just got easier with our edit of the finest faux glows on the market. 

The lack of sunlight is, of course partly to blame, but us Celts also got dealt a tough hand when it came to our skin tones; perennially pale, fair and freckly. The land of Saints and Scholars this may well be, but the land of naturally-bronzed babes it certainly is not.... 

But out of all adversity comes great opportunity and it’s no wonder then, that we’ve become some of the world’s most masterly self-tanners…. Practice does make perfect after all. Creams, oils, gels, mousse, wipes – you name it, we’ve tried it and sure enough, have our favourites. Some formulas for particular occasions, some depending on colour-depth required, others for effort-level executed…. because, just like us, not all self-tans were created equally.

So if you’re a rare, Irish tanning neophyte or you’re just looking to add to your bronzing armoury, here’s an edit of our best-loved.


For Face:

The Face Anti-Age Rejuvenating Self-Tan Drops in Medium/Dark, €47 Tan Luxe @ Net-a-Porter. 

This bronzing serum works double-time - it hydrates while gradually imparting a sun-kissed glow and can be mixed with your favourite moisturizer or oil for radiance-boosting effects.


For a Quick Fix that Lasts:

Body Blur Sunless Glow in Latte, €39, Vita Liberata

This multitasking gem gives the most flawless skin finish instantly, while a longer lasting self-tan develops underneath.

For Dry Skins:

Coconut Melting Tanning Balm Face & Body, €38, James Read

Formulated with organic Coconut Oil, this rich balm that melts into the skin for a deeply nourished glow.

For a Believable Hue:

Delicious Self-Tanning Cream, €32, Clarins

This delicious self-tanner smells like Cocoa and has a tinted caramel colour for easy application and a natural-looking golden glow. 

For a Gradual Fade:

Gradual Tanning Milk, €17.50, Bondi Sands

Use this milk daily as an everyday moisturiser to keep skin hydrated and golden. No weird streaks and no sheet-transfer!

For Next Level Bronze:

Moroccan Tan Ultra Dark, €56.95, Xen Tan

Not for the fair-at-heart, the rich guide colour washes off to reveals an ultra-dark olive tan, that isn’t at all tangoed.


Happy Tanning! And let us know your favourite faux-glowers in the comments section.... we're all experts on the topic after all.