Struggling to dress in the bare-legs weather with pasty legs? Shuddering at the thoughts of tights in this heat but also at the dangers and effort of streaky tan? Tanphobic or tanorexic, there's self-tan available for everyone now. These are our 15 picks of the self-tanning products and paraphernalia to buy, whether you're time-poor, tan-averse, tan-fixated, vegan, eczema-prone or broke. Side effects may include an elevation in self-confidence and a greater outlook on life.
Isle of Paradise Light Self Tanning Water, €24.99
For the perfect shade every single time, whether you're pale or olive skinned
Isle of Paradise, the tan everyone is talking about - and available at Boots - was created by celebrity tanner Jules Von Hep, a champion of body confidence who was also the creator of the first tanning brand to have a plus size model in it's campaign imagery. He comes with a pedigree that includes a decade of tanning experience, from spray tanning Blake Lively and Kate Moss to perfecting the tan on Strictly Come Dancing - if you've tried to consecutively reapply your own tan evenly, week on week, without the pressure of TV lighting and millions of watching eyes, you'll appreciate the difficulties of this. So it's safe to say, his tan was always going to be a step above the rest. After spending years perfecting tan by applying colour-corrective make-up on top to reduce redness or brighten, he created Isle of Paradise with green (reduces redness), peach (neutralizes blue and purple shadows) and violet (cancels yellow tones) pigments in his tanning formula. The result? The perfect shade every time, whether you choose light, medium or dark, and the added benefits of superfood ingredients like coconut and chia seed oil. Whether you go for the Tanning Water - a revolution in tan - or mousse, tanning drops, gradual tan, or the instant, tanning just got a lot easier.
He-Shi Body Sculpting Gradual Tan, €23
For the gradual tanner
He-Shi Body Sculpting Gradual Tan has - available in Boots, Harvey Nichols and selected pharmacies and salons - has capsulated caffeine to increase microcirculation and reduce the appearance of cellulite, hydrating properties for a smooth finish, improves the skin's condition and effortlessly builds a natural tan. If you tan often enough that you prefer not to buy a cheap tanning mitt that you'll throw away after a couple of tans, He-Shi's Luxury Velvet Tanning Mitt €7.50 is the ultimate in tanning mitts - it has a non-slip grip, a lotion proof barrier for the perfect streak-free application and a water-resistant inside protective film to keep hands tan-free. Want to try He-Shi before you buy? He-Shi's newly launched Pro Advanced Spray Tan, from €25, is fast drying, available in three shades, has no smell and lasts up to ten days. Available from selected salons nationwide - check out he-shi.eu to find your nearest.
Cocoa 2 Go by Marissa Carter Travel Size 1 Hour Tan Mousse, €5.95
Save yourself the stress and sun damage of getting a tan on holidays - pack your tan and just enjoy the holiday. Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter - Ireland's best selling express tan, and the UK's and Sweden's FYI - has launched their beloved 1 Hour Tan Mousse in a travel sized bottle that can go in your carry-on. 'Cocoa 2 Go' has a guide colour so you're instantly tanned, will develop perfectly in one-hour, lasts up to a week and is available in Original Medium, Dark and Extra Dark.
bBold Extra Dark Tan, €17.95
For the dark tan lovers
The latest member of the bBold family - available in Boots and most Irish pharmacies - is the deepest and darkest yet. bBold Xtra Dark Tan has dermatologically tested moisturising properties for a hydration boost to prevent uneven fade, is lightweight, easily applied, and non-streaky and as it says, very dark.
OSKIA Adaptive Tan Mist, €55
For all-natural beauty lovers
OSKIA, the bio-nutritional skincare brand pioneering clinicial nutritional skincare have just launched two 100% natural tanning products, OSKIA Adaptive Tan Mist and OSKIA Adaptive Tan Tanning Drops. With naturally encapsulated DHA, exclusively designed by OSKIA, you'll have a deeper tan that lasts longer than most at up to 10 days. Your skin's own melanin production is boosted for a hyper realistic and super-natural tan, with the added skincare benefits of super nutrients, antioxidants and actives to improve the skin's health and condition.
BronZ'Express Magic Radiance Drops, €24.95
For the face
Work a few drops of BronZ'Express Magical Radiance tanning drops into your skincare for a radiant, no-smell, faff-free natural glow. Mix 2 or 3 drops into your moisturiser or SPF, or 5-6 drops into your body lotion, apply as normal and give your hands a wash afterwards, avoiding hairline and eyebrows. Nervous about overdoing it? Start with a few drops and build to you preferred shade.
Iconic Bronze Airbrush Body Bling, €10
Instant but won't transfer onto clothes, dries quickly, smoothes imperfections for an instant, realistic tan that glides on easily. No gross tan smell either - Iconic Bronze has a glorious fragrance of spicy warm citrus, bergamot and jasmine.
CatwalkHQ Self Tan Mousse, €25
CatwalkHQ is cruelty-free, and vegan, wears off easily and won't rub off on your bedsheets but it gets bonus points for the added skincare benefits of amino acids, hyaluronic acids for hydration and antioxidants.
Conceal veins, scars or imperfections on the legs with streak-free light, medium or dark Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, €42.99. It won't rub off on your clothes or cake the skin, and it contains aloe vera, vitamin E and shea butter for a hydrating finish.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Instant Tanning Mousse, €13.95
For when there's too much month at the end of your money
On a budget? Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Instant Tanning Mousse, €13.95, is odour-free, easy to apply, quick drying and cheap.
For more beauty features, check out the June issue of IMAGE, on shelves nationwide now.