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How much cash do Irish people spend on preening before a holiday?

A survey found that 71% of Irish women say getting a bikini wax is a top priority.

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US IRISH LIKE to make sure we’re looking our best before we hit the beach.

A new survey shows that many of us like to make a few essential appointments before jetting off.

The survey by Hotels.com found that on average Irish people spend €110-€150 on pre-holiday preening.

It also discovered that 71% of Irish people visit the hairdresser and beautician before a break.

A huge 71% of Irish women say that getting a bikini wax is top priority, followed by a manicure and pedicure.

Almost two fifths (38%) go for at least two beauty treatments and 1 in 5 opt for three.

Favourite Products 

But it’s not just beauty appointments that are pushing up the preening costs, 80% of those surveyed say they buy new beauty products before they leave.

The top three are:

  • sun-cream (89%)
  • deodorant (69%)
  • razors/hair removal cream (66%).

Meanwhile, two thirds (63%) say they buy the travel sized versions of their favourite products before heading off.

The survey was carried out on 180 people aged 18-55.

Of those questioned – 69% were women and 31% were men.

Fake or Bake

Over a quarter (26%) of holiday makers say they fake their tan before they even hit the departure lounge.

While a further 26% admit to using sunbeds for their pre-holiday tan.

Irish skin can be sensitive to the sun and so 77% of those surveyed say they always wear suncream on holidays.

The remaining 23% say they apply it ‘sometimes’.

The most popular SPF factor is 15-20 with almost half of people (46%) using it.

The next in line is factor 30 with 26%.

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