Doting gran leaves her grandson with a ‘Homer Simpson beard’ after accidentally using fake tan wipes to clean his face

A DOTING gran left her grandson 'looking like Homer Simpson' after she accidentally wiped his face with tanning wipes instead of regular baby wipes. 

Trying to keep up with current hygiene standards, the gran grabbed the first wipes she saw but her daughter  "got the fright of her life" when she spotted her four-year-old son Kielan sporting an unusual glow around his mouth the next morning.

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The 63-year-old gran-of-two Maureen Cherry had popped over to Nikki's house on Friday in the event that Britain went into lockdown so she could self-isolate with the pair.

Kielan was experiencing a runny nose, so doting gran Maureen wiped his nose and mouth regularly and then binned the used wipes and washed her hands in line with WHO guidelines.

The bakery assistant manager didn't want the youngster to end up with a red raw nose so she she insisted Nikki, 33,  not use tissues and instead used the soft baby wipes she'd brought over.

But Maureen had accidentally picked up the £2.99 Solait medium tan wipes from Superdrug, rather than a pack of regular baby wipes.

Nikki, from Plymouth, Devon, said: "I got the fright of my life when he came through to my bedroom. The first thing I thought when I saw him was 'oh my god he looks like Homer Simpson.'"

The mother admitted she had to take a second look as she "thought she was seeing things", and wondered if " he'd had chocolate in bed or whether there was something wrong with him."

It was only after trying to wash the boys face that she realised it must have been the gradual tanning wipes, despite not noticing his face change colour throughout the evening as they played snakes and ladders and then watched TV.

She said: "I looked at them and saw 'self-tan wipes, lasts for days', I remember thinking 'oh my god' – My mum was crying with laughter"

But while the new look initially sparked concern for the gran and mother, Kielan was thrilled with his new cartoon-inspired look and when he saw the halo of fake tan covering his nose, lips and chin he declared "I've got a beard nana".

Despite countless attempts with soap and water to scrub the tan off, the schoolboy was forced to go to school still sporting an orange "five o'clock shadow" – leaving his teachers in fits of giggles.

The mum is a key worker at her son's school so texted the teachers to warn them about the incident and warned them not bto be alarmed when they saw the orange tinge.

Despite the mix-up, Nikki said she was impressed with the self-tan wipes that she says smelled nice, and clearly do the job.


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Nikki said: "I might try these wipes in future, they definitely work and they don't stink like some fake tan brands, they're something perhaps to try ahead of a future holiday.

"Mum has promised not to go near him with self-tanning wipes in future."

Simon Comins, commercial director of Superdrug, said: "Our Solait Wear Off Tan Wipes offer temporary tanning, so the effects will (luckily!) be short lived on this occasion.

"We would advise always reading the application information on pack before using products, which will hopefully prevent any more product mix ups in the future!"

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