Tanning

How to Get Rid of a Fake Tan or Streaks

Between winter, offices, commuting and other commitments sometimes we get little exposure to sun and then we have pale, pasty skin. Tanning in tanning beds can take several sessions and some people are worried about the adverse effects of UV exposure so they may opt for a quick, easy fake tan. This can be administered via spray tan or through self-tanner at home. While this can be a great idea sometimes things do not go exactly as planned and you may end up with a fake tan or streaks which you want to get rid of. We have all heard the horror stories. You forgot to turn around when they said to and got double blasted with spray tan on one side. You just couldn’t get the self-tanner right on your hands. This can be a tricky process, however, and being as you arrived at this article, chances are you had some trouble with a fake tan product! Don’t stress. This is a problem that can be fixed. Try these ideas and your tan lines will be gone in now time!

1. Use moisturizer.

One way to fix your tan is by moisturizing. A possible reason for your uneven tan may be as simple as dry skin. The areas of your skin where the self-tanner appears darker might be due to the fact that the skin there is drier. So exfoliate and moisturize those areas. To prevent unevenness in the future, make sure that you moisturize those areas before applying the self-tanner. Keeping your skin healthy ahead of time is a great way to avoid patchy application! Prevention is always the best strategy to keep in mind for the future.

2. Use an exfoliating product.

Another simple way to help get rid of a fake tan is by exfoliating. Remember, don’t freak out. Frenzied, rough scrubbing in an attempt to remove the offending fake tan will often cause you to remove the color in patches which is unlikely to create the results you desired. It is best to use a light exfoliating scrub and go over your skin to encourage even fading.

3. Use bath oil.

Bath oil can help fade the tan so take a nice long soak in the tub filled with oil. You can use an exfoliating mitt to help you out further with the tan fade. Plus you get to take a bath! That is always a plus.

4. Use acetone nail polish.

Acetone nail polish remover can be used to help remove uneven color in between your fingers and on the palms of your hands. It is not generally recommended for use elsewhere on your body, so follow some other steps for other ideas!

5. Use whitening toothpaste.

Whitening toothpaste can help to get rid of stains the same as it does on your teeth. Like nail polish, this is best for small and hard to reach areas, like your hands, and is not best for application on large areas of your body. Use a small amount and massage it into the area, then rinse and remove. Repeat as necessary.

6. Take a swim.

It is hard to imagine putting on a bathing suit while you look like a pumpkin but if you can go for a swim in a pool with chlorine, the chemicals in chlorine can help to break down the tan.

7. Use lemon juice.

Lemon juice can be used in several ways to help get rid of your fake tan. Squeeze a lemon onto a pair of exfoliating gloves and rub the areas in question to help break up and buff the color away. Try combining sugar and lemon and using it as a polish to help get rid of your streaks.

Combing fresh squeezed lemon juice and a few teaspoons of baking soda can also help. Baking soda is a great exfoliate without being abrasive. Lemon juice is acidic and can be a light form of bleach to help remove the unwanted color from your fake tan. Make it into a paste and use it in the shower to exfoliate where your tan is streaky. It will also help make your skin feel smooth and soft.

8. Use baking soda.

Baking soda can also be used on its own. Make the area of your skin you want to fix slightly wet and then sprinkle baking soda on your hands. Massage the area of skin gently with the baking soda in a circular motion until it appears more even. Often doing this just once will help, but sometimes you may need to repeat the process.

9. Try a foundation.

If the uneven tan is on your face you may even be able to conceal it by mixing foundation with moisturizer and apply it in a circular motion over the skin to cover it. Just be sure to blend. Several companies also offer products you can find online or at the cosmetic counter promising to help with your situation.

10. Use baby oil.

If your fake tan is too dark you can use baby oil. Coat your skin in baby oil and leave it there for about ten minutes to help loosen and lift the top layer of color.

Tip – watch some Youtube videos on how to best achieve a streak free tan. This can yield lovely results. Also, might I suggest not trying a new self-tanner right before the big event. Try to find one that works for you and that you are confident using with a little time before you need to look like you just returned from a week at St Bart’s instead of a dip in a vat of Easter egg dye.

If all else fails there are tons of great hosiery options to avoid bare legs and a cute cardigan or blazer can look great with your little black dress. Remember no one is looking at your skin quite as closely and critically as you. So get out there and “shine.” Follow these suggestions and your fake tan lines and streaks will be gone in a flash!

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Nicole Harding

2 Comments

  • I wore slashed jeans on a hot day an so have tanned naturally with stripes on my upper leg, is there anything I can do to remove the stripes (ie. exfoliate) an if so can u advise me of what is best way to get rid of them.

    Thanks

  • Chantelle, if you are still interested(after more than a year) moisturizing is still key…keep it soft and moist, your skin tha tis, and next to that get ull out in the sub to tan the lighter parts of your body towards the alreayd browned stripes. take care next time as these exposed bodyparts can cause extreme dried out skin and all other sorts of trouble, also long term things.
    By the way I do think that those pants are sexy so keep wearing them.
    cheerio from europe,
    Andy

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