I know this might come as a shock to you but I had my very first spray tan two weeks ago. I was a self-tanner as a teenager but I always hated the smell and the sticky feeling, so I grew out of it throughout my mid to late 20s. I know what you are thinking, how could I possibly be older than mid '20s? Yes, yes, thanks for that.
I just always did it myself or wore no tan at all. That being said, with the recent influx of weddings I have been brought back to the quest to find the perfect tan.
I was invited to Polish salon on Fitzwilliam street recently to get my first spray tan and to trial out what Moroccan tan had up their golden sleeves.
This new tanning formula is supposedly ideal for creating the perfect natural tan, helping nourish and moisturise the skin to produce a bronze colour. And the best part was the promise that it would leave the skin smooth and silky with fantastic wear off.
It's said to provide a flawless streak free golden tan, but also to hydrate your skin making your spray tan last longer. Its non-oily and non-sticky solution contains natural ingredients and the quick drying formula and is suitable for all skin types.
But how did it fare in reality?
The process was an interesting one. I'm quite a shy person so having to strip down to nothing but a disposable pair of underwear and a shower cap was slightly uncomfortable but the girls in Polish were most professional. Why did I not know about this? How had I missed this vital piece of information?
The whole process took about five minutes and as you fans of spray tans will know, after the "spraying" section of the process, you have to stand there and dry before dressing again. The tan was quite sticky so even after my drying time, I found getting the Dart home from Fitzwilliam street a tad uncomfortable.
I was told I could wash it off in two hours or before bed which I did. At this point, I should mention that I'm quite sallow and I had just been on holidays in Malta, so I did have a good base tan.
While the result gave a bit of a glow, I felt the tan could have been darker as I'm not sure there was a huge difference in the before and after (you can judge for yourself in those pics, you'll see the boyfriend remains constant). My skin looked more radiant for sure, but not a huge amount darker really. This may have been because the therapist only sprayed lightly so as to avoid frightening the tan virgin. I'd go again but would ask for a darker colour.
If you are looking for a really natural tan, this might just be the one for you. I'm just not sure I would go to the effort of getting a spray tan for it not to be noticeable. But to be fair, there were no streaks and it did fade very well. I'll just be prepared for the paper knicker sitch and second spray requirement for next time.
If you want to try this natural tan option you can visit Polish salon on Fitzwilliam street and it will set you back €30.
What's your go-to spray tan of the moment? And if you've any first time tanning tales that you'd like to share, I'm all tanned ears.