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The tan that works in just nine minutes


By Aisling Keenan
31st Aug 2019
The tan that works in just nine minutes

From overnight sleeping to one hour development, tan has seen some innovation over the years. Now we’re down to just nine minutes. I didn’t think it was possible, but then I gave it a go and was, indeed, hastily bronzed.


Some of my favourite tans are those that don’t require a big-time commitment from me.

I love Cocoa Brown because it develops fast and looks natural. I love He-Shi One Day Tan because it goes on instantly and dries fast and I love James Read because you don’t actually have to be careful at all when applying, it doesn’t ever streak or go on funny.

But really? Nine minutes?

The first thing I loved about this was the nine minutes. I like the bravery.

B-Tan Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That Pre-Shower 9 Minute Tan, €10.95

Then I tried it.

You apply the mousse as you would any tan. You flail around for a little bit, maybe watch a few minutes of Netflix, brush your teeth (careful – water!) or apply a face mask. Then, hop into the shower, rinse, and pat yourself dry. You will be tanned.

I had doubts. Don’t get me wrong, the colour you’re left with after nine minutes isn’t like when Ross goes to the tanning place and accidentally gets turned mahogany – but that’s probably not the look you’re after. I wanted a light, healthy-looking glow and evenness to my skin, and that’s what I got. I’d imagine, left on longer, the glow would deepen somewhat, but I can’t say I’ve tried. They said nine minutes, and nine minutes I gave it.

Photography by Jason Lloyd Evans. 


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