Items banned from the Love Island villa – fake tan to eyelash extensions

Love Island stars Amy Hart and Chloe Burrows have revealed everything they were forced to leave behind before entering the famous villa.

While viewers are used to seeing the singletons looking extremely glamourous in each episode, all is not what it seems behind the scenes with some products being prohibited by ITV bosses.

Vera Clinic has researched into the essentials that we all swear by but should we hope to become an official 2022 singleton, we'd have to wave goodbye to our precious necessities after isolating.

Daily Star is here to bring you all you need to know about what you would expect…

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Fake tan

Chloe Burrows from the 2021 series of the programme recently revealed in a TikTok video that bosses banned fake tan from the villa.

Due to the bedroom being such an essential part of the villa, where Islanders often gather to gossip or go over their chat up lines, fake tan was strictly off the cards.

Viewers will know that each year, the bedroom is kitted out with white bedding which bosses didn't want to get stained after contestants used fake tan – instead, they're made to get a natural tan from the beaming Spanish sun.

Eyelash extensions

After the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc throughout the world, Love Island was also affected.

Due to the strict social distancing guidelines and isolation periods, glamour squads were not allowed anywhere near the villa meaning the cast couldn't get their usual makeovers.

Instead, those on the search for love were forced to go weeks without their regular beauty treatment including having extensions applied to their eyelashes.

Beauty products

Now, this isn't what you think it is, bosses don't want contestants to be au natural 24/7 but they are made to leave their own products at home.

Each year, ITV partners up with a beauty and health retailer to ensure that the hopefuls are left feeling moisturised on a regular basis.

It comes as no surprise that the villa is stocked with skincare and beauty products as well as sun cream and male grooming products.

These items are often on full display for viewers to see due to the commercial relationship, so each singleton can leave their favourite beauty product at home.


We all know that things go on underneath the covers but those hoping to find love must agree to not show their bits and bobs to the cameras.

The cameras are rolling 24/7 in the villa, meaning any moment of the day could be picked up to air across the UK.

With the villa being shared, it's also no surprise that bosses wanted contestants to keep their clothes on at all times so as not to offend anybody.

That being said, the hopefuls are believed to sign an agreement with ITV to not wear their birthday suit.

Mobile phones

The infamous "I've got a text!" saying is stuck in most of our heads but the singletons don't get messages from the outside as their personal phones are locked away.

Each Islander gets their own phone on the ITV dating show which enables producers to keep them up to date with plans for tasks and dates.

But that is the only form of communication they are allowed with their social media channels and personal contacts being given to a responsible person on the outside of the villa.

Branded clothes

The cast are fortunate enough to receive a lavish spending budget for clothes each year but this means they cannot wear any clothes that make the brand easily recognisable.

Each year, ITV team up with a fashion retailer to deliver the hottest looks to the villa housemates, with Amy Hart recently revealing she was given a £1,000 ISawItFirst gift card to help her wardrobe.

But this year, the broadcasting company have partnered with eBay to deliver pre-loved clothes to the villa in order to be more sustainable.

The time

While life without time is not a normal thing for everybody, it is in the villa.

Each contestant has to get to grips with not looking at their watch or their wall to discover the time as they have no idea what time it is.

It's claimed that bosses even go to extreme lengths to ensure the time is not on the oven or the hot tub meaning contestants can't sneakily discover the real-time.

But in the past, Islanders have explained they often used the sun to figure out what time it was and that they were told when to wake up and go to sleep by bosses.


Due to not being allowed any form of contact with the outside world, Islanders are not permitted to access WiFi.

Series five star Amy Hart recently explained that Islanders can only use the camera on their phone and receive text messages – everything else is off-limits.

She told fans that the background on the smartphones is simply a picture of the Islander in question, before revealing that the phones were in fact, "jail-broken" to prevent the stars from accessing other apps.

Food and alcohol

Each Islander is only permitted to drink two glasses of booze per night during their time in the villa.

This is the same during party evenings, meaning singletons can only down two glasses of wine or two pints throughout the programme.

Food is also limited, with producers taking a shopping list of requests from the contestants meaning that very little food is wasted throughout the duration of the programme.

Love Island airs daily on ITV 2 at 9pm and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

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