Tanning

How to Get Rid of a Tan

Your ultimate summer goal was to have beautifully tanned, sun-kissed skin. With no more acne marring your face, what else was left? Unfortunately, sometimes tanning does not go according to plan.

Whether it was the tanning bed, lotion, or just from getting too much sun, tans can turn out uneven, can be in awkward places and way too visible, or maybe you tanned darker than you had initially planned. Getting rid of a tan can be a very lengthy process, but it is possible. In this article, we break down the best ways to fade that tan and blend in with Casper the Ghost.

1. Figure out what kind of tan you have.

The most important factor in getting rid of a tan is to determine what kind of tan you have. This means the way you were tanning: bed, lotion, spray, or natural sun. This is important because the only way to get rid of a natural sun tan is through natural methods.

Unless you’ve had your memory erased in one way or another, you should be able to narrow down how you were tanning. Once you’ve figured that out, you can start working on fading that dark skin tone.

2. Exfoliate.

Grab your preferred scrub brush or wash cloth and dampen it with some water. For this process, you can use body wash, an exfoliating moisturizer, soap, or even a homemade paste made from baking soda. When you are washing up, scrub your skin in circles, moving in the same direction all over your body.

Additionally, take care to be gentle on the sensitive areas of your skin like the face and legs. Doing so will help to prevent your skin from becoming red or otherwise irritated and dried out. Set a limit of one scrub per day, and keep an eye on your skin’s reaction in case you need to reduce the severity or frequency of your scrubs from there.

3. Lemon juice.

Lemon juice has natural lightening properties—in fact, it is one of the products suggested to consumers who are looking to lighten their hair colour without using chemicals. Washing your body on a regular basis with lemon juice can help to lighten your skin and even out your tan.

Take care to moisturize your skin after each and every time you use lemon juice. Due to its acidity, lemon juice can be quite drying to the skin. If you’re not careful, your skin might look the way your lips pucker after eating the sour fruit.

4. Have a good soak.

When you are looking to fade your tan and even out your skin tone, soaking in the bath can be quite effective. Fill up the bath with hot water and some bath wash before climbing in. Note that while the water should be hot, take care to ensure that it is at a comfortable temperature and that it isn’t going to burn your skin.

The length of time that you should soak depends on how dark your tan is or how severe the uneven lines might be. The more severe your case is, the longer you will need to soak in order to see any significant changes. Sit back and relax the nice refreshing bath as you work away the problem.

5. Natural fade.

If your tan is the result of the sun, or you simply want to have a more natural method, the only option available is to let your tan fade naturally. In the summer, this can be quite difficult if you spend a great deal of your time outdoors. If the sun is unavoidable, you can cover up your skin and choose a sunscreen with a high SPF value.

When looking over the counter for sunscreen, try picking out on that has an SPF of 45, 60, or more if you are lucky enough to find one. Sunscreens with higher SPF values are often used by travelers in countries where the UV rays are stronger.

If you’re feeling a bit more flamboyant than usual, try pulling off the sombrero or sun-umbrella look. You might feel ridiculous, but you better bet your skin isn’t going to get burned! If you’re not comfortable with that idea, get used to the basement. Move a TV down there or set up a gaming station to keep yourself occupied.

Staying out of the sun takes the longest amount of time for a tan to fade, but it is the safest option, and sometimes the only one.

6. Science!

Of course, using chemicals can be a quick method of fading a tan. However, take care to follow directions and use these chemicals sparingly in order to prevent further damage to your skin.

Look for products that contain substances such as hydrogen peroxide, AHA, or alpha hydroxyl acids. You can either apply these products directly to the affected areas of your skin, or with a cotton ball. In any case, never use these chemicals on the sensitive areas of your skin.

7. Stick to one product.

Regardless of how you decide to get rid of your skin, remember a few things to ensure you remain healthy and that your skin improves in the best way possible. These include only using one product—mixing products together can cause severe harm to your skin’s health.

As previously mentioned, if you are using any kind of harsh chemical to fade your tan, stay away from the more sensitive areas of your skin like your face and legs. Remember to moisturize your skin during the fading process, and be very gentle on the sensitive areas. Finally, to check your progress you can examine your skin under a lamp or in mellow natural light inside your house.

Once you’ve managed to fight off those dark tan lines, you can start basking in the sun once again. If you’ve turned as pale as a ghost, you’ll definitely want to put on some heavy-duty sunscreen to get your skin readjusted. Now go out and enjoy that bright beautiful weather!

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Nicole Harding

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