With the summer, ie. somewhat decent weather, on it’s way and the bag of summer clothes gradually being dipped into I felt it was time to start stepping up my tan regime. That January diet still hasn’t started as such so in a bid to look a little more slim line I began to research some spray tan options because as a friend once said ; “tanned fat looks much better than white fat” 🙂 I am usually a fan of home tanning for a number of reasons – convenience, colour control, ability to walk around frog legged at home to ensure no tan lines…..the usual! So when I had the opportunity to try out Lycon tan at Brazilia on South William St I was a little hesitant due to it’s city centre location and my bike as means of transport. I just pictured myself as Ross from friends Cycling down Nassau Street with my head down avoiding eye contact. However, all that said I figured ‘let’s give it a try’ because with a million weddings and hen weekend’s this year I needed something that would be powerful enough to get me through three days of dancing in sweaty nightclubs and mucky assault courses.
For anyone who hasn’t been in Brazilia it’s actually a fantastic location for anyone working in the city centre as is stuck amidst the hustle and bustle of South William Street. I went in, filled out the usual forms and I nosed around the waiting room I was highly impressed by the tv, sweets and Nespresso machine……simple pleasures yes! 🙂 Without any delay I was brought into the tanning room and directed by the beauty therapist to the what to do’s. Two minutes later she was spraying me up. Normally I find beautician naked small talk a bit weird but I have to say…. she had it down to a t with excellent direction on body movement for best tanning results! 🙂 OK, so I went for a ‘medium’ tan which I felt would be the safest option. It only took about 8 minutes and I dried myself off for a further five and was out the door and dressed in no time. I was still a little sticky but in the right clothes it was fine. The best part about this tan is that it develops. There was a slight glow as I left the salon and so this allowed me to wander town without that fear of people staring and elbowing friends at ‘yer wan’s’ tan disaster. In fact I pottered for three hours…..fearlessly 🙂 The beauty therapist also told me I was safe to shower after three hours…..impressive….however I decided to go the whole hog.
As the tan developed through the night it got quite a bit darker. I showered in the morning which took off the first mucky layer and I have to say…… I loved it. Actually…..initially I was a little unsure about the depth of the tan but as the day went on and compliments were coming in thick and fast I was delighted. I’ve honestly never had so many people comment on a tan. It was even, no blotches and genuinely looked like a deep tan I have gotten before after some time in the sun – very very natural. I was pulling all kinds of white combinations out of that summer bag! The Lycon tan lasted really nicely for about four days and then gradually started to lighten and come off a little more on areas such as the neck but after a decent all over scrub it was still there but even again. All in all there was an extra glow to my skin for a bout 7 days, which in my book is pretty good! Obviously this will vary with different skin types.
At €25 I think it’s pretty reasonable for the quality and Brazilia offer a few deals too which would be perfect if you have a few different events over time!
Have you any tan distasters or recommendations that you would like to share? As always please comment below!