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Golden goddess by night, patchy orange mess by morning – most of us pale folk have a love/hate relationship with fake tan.

And when it comes to removing the stuff, everyone seems to have their own routine, but what really is the best way?

Well, St Tropez’s Jules Heptonstall, has finally given us the answer.

Speaking to Marie Claire, the tanning expert explained that the key to fake tan removal is to refrain from scrubbing.

"Don’t panic scrub. You’ll end up taking the tan off in patches and it’ll become a snowballing effect."

Jules recommended using a body polish with some massage oil instead. (We’re guessing baby oil would also do the same job.)

Or, you could take a dip in your local swimming pool.

Apparently, ‘‘The chlorine will break down the tan. In the showers afterwards, take those exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions. Steam rooms and saunas will soften the tan, too.’’

Just looking to remove that orange hue from your hands and feet? According to Jules, a paste made using two tablespoons of baking soda and a splash of water will do the trick.

Simply rub the mixture all over the area, leave for a few minutes before rinsing, and voilà, no one will ever know!


When it comes to fake tan, us Irish ladies are total pros.

Whether you keep fake tan strictly for special events or couldn't handle the thought of stepping outside without a sunkissed glow, you're no doubt already an expert in the application, removal and maintenance of tanning products.

Here are just a few of the struggles us fake tan lovers (read: addicts) have to face on a regular basis.

1. Feeling like a giant pink marshmallow after exfoliating all our tan off
It has to be done to ensure an even application but… NO-ONE LOOK AT US NOW PLEASE.


2. Writing off a solid chunk of our Thursday night as tanning time
Think of it as an investment for the weekend.


3. Always trying to get the balance right when tanning our hands
And don't get us started on tanning between our fingers…


4. Spending ten minutes twirling and waving our arms to speed the drying process along
So attractive whilst naked and clammy.


5. Freaking out because we've lost the only t-shirt we can wear while our tan develops overnight
Going topless is NOT an option. Skin on skin = streak city.


6. Ruining bed sheets, towels, carpets and walls on a weekly basis
Someone needs to invent tanning insurance.


7. Having to be stretchier than a gymnast when no-one's around to tan our back
That tiny area in the middle is a PAIN.


8. Ending up with manky faded patches if we leave it on longer than four days
Inside of the elbow, ankle, back of the knee and of course the underboob area. Scabies, anyone?

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9. Knowing that certain items of clothing will only work when we're super-brown
Looking at you, white dress.


10. Being jealous of anyone who can actually work the pale look
We could too, if we weren't so pink and pasty-skinned.



Feeling shame can impact negatively on women’s wellbeing, confidence and mental health. A new survey conducted by St. Tropez, has found that shaming can be a very real part of Irish women’s day-to-day life. In Ireland, tanning is commonplace, with 1 in 5 women wearing tan daily and almost half (44%) revealing they’d wear it to dinner.

Yet despite being the biggest tanning region of Great Britain with 65% of Irish women using self-tan vs 45% in the North of England (the UK region with the most number of self-tan wearers),  why are so many shaming? Who is doing it and why?

55% of Irish women admit to judging their fellow females for wearing a sunless tan with 7 out of 10 (68%) women in Limerick admitting to having judged other women who use self-tan specifically compared to just over a half (54%) of women in Dublin.

58% of women who have experienced judging looks and insults say that their confidence was seriously knocked, they went straight home, and they did not wish to leave the house. Whilst 70% of the women surveyed admit a badly applied tan is the number 1 reason they judge another’s appearance.


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Shocking. In an age where positive body confidence messages are high on the agenda in schools, the workplace and from consumer brands – it appears that its women who need to start supporting the cause.

But, in-spite-of the stigmas, the survey revealed that the top two reasons for Irish women proudly wearing fake tan are to make them feel confident and look well with 41% citing confidence in particular. In addition, having a post-holiday tan is a confidence booster for 27% of Irish women, which also suggests that golden glowing skin inspires us to feel our best and on top of our game.

These insights have led St. Tropez to boldly address the stigmas surrounding self-tanning head-on, with a motivational campaign entitled You Set the Tone which aims to highlight that tanning is more about how you feel than how you look and a goal of empowering women to feel more confident, every day. Launching on the 10th April, the campaign aims to put the Self back in self-tan and has the support of Philanthropist and Charity Founder, Katie Piper, as well as an army of brand fans.

Katie said, “I’m backing St. Tropez’s You Set the Tone campaign as it’s vitally important for women to feel confident in their own skin and with their own bodies, and if a beauty product or regime can help them achieve this, it can only be positive.

Every woman has an individual reason for how they wear their make-up or hair and it’s no different with self-tan. Tanning doesn’t just add colour, it can also help to even out skin tone, cover up pigmentation or redness, allow you to wear less make up or go without heavy foundations.

The survey findings show that us women need to be supporting and celebrating each other and finding ways to improve our self-esteem and ultimately, our mental wellbeing”

St. Tropez is pledging to give women across Ireland the tools to feel confident, look glowing and make tan-shaming for bad application a thing of the past with game-changing developments. New St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Gel, which sold out within hours of its official launch in February, is a one of a kind innovation that means no-streaks, no-transfer, no-stickiness and no-fake tan smell, and 88% of users agree.

Enough of the judgement! St. Tropez boldly empowers women to set their own tone.


Applying fake tan can be quite an ordeal, especially when bronzing those hard to reach places.

Luckily, we can usually convince our housemate or friends at pre drinks to get our back nicely tanned before hitting the town.

One boyfriend who is often roped into helping his lovely fiance apply her faux glow posted a rant to the Bondi Sands Facebook page about the challenge faced by his fellow men when it comes to giving their girlfriends the deep tan they desire. 

"Dear Bondi sands,my fiancé, much like many other women out there enjoy your tanning products and she has no complaint whatsoever. But I do…"

"I, and what I could assume that many other men out there, must assist our lovely partners in their tanning procedure and this includes applying your tanning foam to places they are unable to reach."

"My only and one complaint is that your application mitt is not suitable for my hands. I am, what could be assumed as average size, and can only think that this mitt does not fit many other mans hands out there."

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“Please, in future make the mitt bigger or include an extra mitt for those men out there that must assist the women they love,” he finished.

And as it turns out, the fake tan boyfriends of the world agree with him: "Finally someone said it!" commented one Facebook user.

The post has over 40,000 likes and 10,000 comments, but Bondi Sands has yet to respond. 


The Met Gala is one of fashion's biggest nights out, with the guest list hand curated by Anna Wintour herself. 

The celebs come out in force, adhering to the theme of the evening and oozing amped up glamour. 

There are always style hits and misses, but this year it was a beauty fluff-up that had everyone talking. 

Selena Gomez stepped onto the Met Gala red carpet in a stunning layered Coach gown, complete with lace accents. 

However, it was her orange, sticky-looking tan that caught the internet's attention.  

Selena looked a little bit too tangoed for her spray tan to be un-clockable, but hey, we've all bee on the receiving end of a liberally laden tanning mitt, haven't we?

Here's what Twitter had to say, and it wasn't pretty: 



The Irish Cancer Society has issued a warning to the public regarding the potential dangers associated with the fake tan injection, Melanotan.

The substance is banned under Irish law, though it can be easily purchased online, and there are even reports of it being sold in certain gyms and tanning shops around the country.

According to reports, one in 10 people using the HSE needle exchange programme are using the illicit product.

Originally designed as a treatment for skin cancer, the product has since been marketed toward those seeking the perfect tan.

Users of Melanotan often suffer severe side-effects such as high-blood pressure and flu-like symptoms as well as acne and black blotches on the skin.

Kevin O'Hagan from the Irish Cancer Society has warned of the dangers:

"The difficulty is it's an illegal substance and it's highly dangerous. Some of the reports we're hearing in relation to the side effects, that range from sickness right through to a link to melanoma skin cancer, really can cause a lot of difficulties for someone," he said.

"[The side effects] range from sickness, acne, high blood pressure, people often get flu-like symptoms when using it. We've heard reports of people getting body swelling and dark, black blotches on their skin and freckles getting brown."



Fake fan application is a struggle us Irish gals know all too well.

From streaky legs to orange hands, getting the perfect even glow can seem like an impossible task.

And don't even talk to us about those hard-to-reach areas.

Unless you've got somebody willing to lend a tan-mitt covered hand, you're pretty much forced to walk around looking like Ross Geller that time her forgot how to count to five. 

Well, until now. 

In a genius new trend sweeping the internet, women are using the humble coat hanger to achieve the perfect, all-over tan.

Simply attach your mitt to one side of the hanger, apply a generous helping of your favourite tanning product, and voila – you've just found the key to the perfectly bronzed back.

Now, we've seen many beauty hacks in our time, but this might just be our favourite yet.


Rumours have been flying that Suzanne Jackson is set to release her very own tan, to follow the success of her lash collection and contour and highlight palettes. 

The blogger's makeup line has already been a huge success, selling in major retailers like Penneys, and in pharmacies across the country. 

The Irish Mail on Sunday have reported that the top beauty blogger registered a company name in March for her upcoming fake tan, to be called Glowbelle.


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Suzanne Jackson registered a company name in March, and has been asking fans what they think of her bronzed glow via social media.

The blogger recently announced that she will be shutting down her clothing line in order to focus more on her beauty pursuits.

'I wont be continuing with the fashion, I'm drawing the line and focusing on beauty, and I'm working on about 12 products at the moment,' she told her followers via Snapchat.


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'I am wrecked tired working on them but that's production and that's what you do when you create your product from absolute scratch, and thats what I do – I don't private label, I create myself and I'm very proud of that.'

'So that's where we are, I'm not restocking anything in the fashion. It's going to be all beauty from the summer onwards,' she explained.

We're dying to see what Suzanne's tan will be like!



We're all after a natural looking, glowy tan, and there are so many different ways of achieving the look in a bottle.

From instant tans in formulas like gels, mousses and sprays, we're pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to transforming ourselves into bronzed goddesses. 

There is a new formula on our radars at the moment, in the form of tanning water.

Penneys has just rolled out a brand new Ps…Tanning Water, and we're more than a little curious to try the new concept. 

Tanning water is a quick-drying type of tan which can be spritzed on as easily as a body mist and quickly buffed into the skin with the help of a light tanning mitt.

The Penneys water describes itself as a 'bronzing hydrating water' that is perfect for achieving a 'light weight application' process.

Popular Irish blogger Penneys Hun posted a quick Facebook review about the new concept.

'I will admit I was a little skeptical when I picked this up last week,' she wrote in the post.

'Afraid for my life that I would turn out orange but if you follow the instructions carefully you can't go wrong – really happy with the colour that developed, a natural bronzed glow.'

Well, if it's good enough for the blogosphere, sign us up.



We all know what it’s like to spend the night laboriously putting tan on, only to wake up the next day to find our bedsheets have been completely destroyed.

Well, the tanning gods have finally answered our prayers with a fake-tan-proof onesie.

The ‘Tansie’ – which was created by spray tan artist Cathy Hedley – is doubly effective as it protects your bedsheets from your tan while ensuring your tan stays picture perfect.

The product's creator told Daily Mail Australia that she would cringe to see her clients putting tight clothes on over their fresh spray tans.

So to solve the issue she created a loosely-fitted spray tan dress and the Tansie.

This special onesie zips up the front, is lined with leopard print and is made of a lightweight material to ensure you don't overheat while your tan is baking.

Sounds like everything you'd want in a onesie. We'll take about ten, thanks.




If you're white and Irish then you've probably had a fake tan disaster at some stage.

Desperate to emulate our sun-kissed Mediterranean counterparts, a load of us have sadly ended up orange of skin and brown of palm.

It's a disaster that even the rich and beautiful (we're looking at you, Mariah) know all about.

However, suffice to say that it is unlikely you’ve ever been experienced anything as remotely disastrous as one Imogen Silversides.

The Yorkshire native spotted a tutorial online which praised the virtues of using a spongy paint roller to apply an even layer of sun-kissed tan.

She tried the technique out for herself – though sadly the results were not quite as she envisioned.

Who ever the girl was that recommend to apply fake tan with a paint roller is one lying fuck. Don't think I'll be at work Friday

Ending up a shockingly deep mahogany colour, she subsequently took to her Facebook page to share an eye-catching snap.

“Whoever the girl was that recommend to apply fake tan with a paint roller is one lying f***,” Imogen wrote. “Don't think I'll be at work Friday.”

“U look fantastic girl just one thing u should be painting walls with these not urself,” joked one commentator.

“Me the other week thank god that sh** came off,” said another. A third quipped: “I've had darker tan.”

The post has now gone viral, notching up 40,000 reactions and some 5,000 shares.


Us Irish ladies are certified fake tan experts, but even we don't get things right all of the time.

No matter how carefully you apply it or how long you let it dry for, there's always the haunting worry that you might end up with a massive hand-shaped white mark on your leg, or an ankle that's six shades darker than you'd hoped.

Luckily there are some simple things you can do to ensure your tan is streak-free and even every time.

Here are some of the tips we swear by…

Choose your exfoliant wisely
Scrubbing away dead skin and leftover tan is a must if you want to avoid patches and streaks. But be sure to use an oil-free exfoliant like a salt scrub to avoid residue that can wreak havoc with your tanning product. Even better, use an exfoliating glove with body wash, instead of a scrub.


Moisturise with care
Be cautious how you moisturise before applying fake tan. Use a lotion rather than a cream, choosing one that sinks in quickly and doesn't leave a residue. Some tans call for no moisturiser beforehand, but if you can't bear the thought of skipping out, just be sure to give your lotion an hour to sink in fully.


Use a mitt or glove
We all have our own methods of applying fake tan, but to avoid telltale dark patches in between your fingers, it's essential you protect your hands. Foam mitts work great for tanning mousse and cream, while liquid or oil tans work well with latex gloves. To ensure your hands still get an even glow, mix some product with moisturiser and gently apply on the backs of your hands using cotton wool pads.


Invest in a buffing mitt
If you're sick of dark knees and elbows, it's time to get professional. Buffing mitts come cheap, and can be used on any areas where a build-up of tan is common, to spread out the product without wiping it off completely.


Maintain your tan properly
If your tanning product has a strong smell the next day, take a short shower without body wash and gently pat yourself dry. Keep showers short as a general rule to avoid colour fading ahead of time, and avoid chlorinated pools.