In an attempt to liven up your skin with a little self-tanner, you may have come across an unflattering shade, orange palms, or perhaps a scratched mess. You didn’t get the shine you wanted, but now you need a solution. With these simple tricks, your self-tanning mishap will be behind you in no time.
The key to fading from the self-tanner is to hydrate and exfoliate the skin. Hydrated skin is less likely to stick to pigmented formulas, and exfoliation helps remove the top layer of skin that has been temporarily tinted with the self-tanner. Here are DIY self-tanning tips, tricks, products and removers that combine the best of both:
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Mousse tan remover
If you are looking to remove the self tanner and prepare your skin for a new application, this is the product for you. “All you have to do is apply [it] everything and wait about five minutes before taking a shower, “says Sophie Evans, St. Tropez skin finishing expert.” Then, using the tan buildup remover glove, exfoliate and buff the bronzer. “You can also apply the self-tanner immediately after using it!
Over it Magic Self-Tan Eraser
With a combination of glycolic acid and micellar water, this self-tanning remover gets the job done quickly. “Just spray the entire body until the skin is completely saturated, lather and then leave [it] for five minutes, “says Jules Von Hep, founder of the Isle of Paradise.” So, wash [it] in the shower and gently polish the skin until [the] the color is completely removed. “
Get rid of orange palms
Epilating Cream Gel
Self-tanner: “Depilatory creams, like Veet, are another great way to … correct mistakes,“Evans says. To remove the self-tanner from your palms,” I personally would use [this method] and apply twice to remove. “However, depilatory creams can irritate the skin. If you have sensitive skin, this is probably not the best method for you.
Lemon juice and baking soda
This DIY method is good if you already have the ingredients in your kitchen. However, it only fades your tan, it doesn’t completely remove it. Von Hep says to apply a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda on your skin for more than five minutes and then with a scrub body scrub. “[This] you will need to repeat several times. “
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Crushed coconut scrub
A great body scrub will also help fade self-tan streaks. “Stripes [happen] due to misapplication where not enough product has been used and the self-tanner has rubbed excessively on the skin, “says Evans. The combination of brown sugar and coconut oil in this scrub exfoliates the streaks while softening and moisturizing the skin.
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Baby oil and brown sugar
In case you don’t have a body scrub on hand, Von Hep recommends a brown sugar and baby oil body scrub to soften your skin while removing streaks. But then again, it won’t completely remove the self-tanner, it will just fade more quickly.
USE AN EXFOLIATING MITT
Tanning remover glove
An exfoliating glove is also a great way to fade self-tanning streaks. “To correct the stripes, take a hot shower [or] bathing and exfoliating, “Evans says.” Next, wear an exfoliating glove … and work in circular motions to polish the streaks. “Since this method is manual only (meaning there is no product involved), you can go back to apply self-tanner immediately afterward.
Helps conceal stripes
Although you may want to remove your tan, it might actually be best to reapply a little self-tanner. If you have stripes all over your body, you can “apply a fresh, full coat of tan,” says Von Hep. “This will not erase the streak, but will apply a new tan to the areas that were missed and further combine it with the areas that were not missed. Alternatively, you can apply a little self-tanner only to the areas that were missed, either by using a flat base brush or beauty blender. […] Remember this will take 4-6 hours to develop. “
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