Bronze Age: The Safe Ways To Tan This Summer

WAYS TO GLOW this summer, with treats and treatments that REALLY WORK


Every beauty launch this season flaunts the word “glow”: but can a beauty product really take you from wan to tan, in an entirely natural-looking way? If you have just one thing in your summer make-up bag make it Chanel’s L’Eau Tan, a subtle golden tanner that doubles as a cooling perfumed mist (Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge created the scent specially). It cools, scents and tans your skin: €56, out now. Chanel’s Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Powder, with its elegant curved brush, is one of our all-time favourite things – it’s foolproof, impossible to overdo, and gives skin an expensive-looking sunny glow. I also like Arden’s Bronzing Gel Pearls (€35, limited edition), a refreshing hyaluronic gel dotted with little bubbles of bronziness that burst on your skin. As for self-tan, our expert tester loves Irish brand Bellamianta’s Liquid Gold (€14), while Clarins’ caramel-coloured Delicious Self-Tanning Cream (€32) is ideal to smooth on quickly when time is short but you want to warm up skin a bit.

If your starting point is dry, pasty skin, there are a few things that can help to make it smoother and glossier (cellulite creams, however, do not). We highly recommend the Yon-Ka treatments at natural beauty emporium Skinfull Affairs in Dublin 2, from €55 ( The Ritual includes a full-body scrub plus massage (€150). Ask for Karen, a brilliant Brazilian therapist: your knots will be gone and your skin like new. Keep skin moisturised afterwards with regular body brushing (boring but effective) followed by Anne Semomin Lipoliss Body Serum (€64), which is light but amazingly soothing.

Once you are ready to step out in the sun with your new (false) tan, don’t forget your SPF. Dermatologists and skin experts agree that it’s better to wear an SPF product separate to your day cream or foundation. Dr Anita Sturnham advises ensuring you have protection from UVA, UVB and IR (infared). Skin guru Caroline Hirons avoids expensive moisturisers with added SPF: “Adding SPF to a cream takes over a formula. Instead, go for a dedicated SPF by a brand that knows their sun protection.” Good natural/chemical-free options include House of Life Organic No32 Face Repair Cream (£85stg;, and Lixir Universal Emulsion (€34); both provide natural UV protection without an added sunscreen. I’m using Avène Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF50+ (€21), which looks dark but blends well into skin, with a light matte finish.


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