I always strive for the perfect streak free tan; with a beautiful bronze tint that makes me look 10lbs. lighter and 3 years younger.
If you looked at my search history on my computer you would find that often times I’ve Googled: “How to be tan without looking like I tried” and “Self tan secrets of the stars”. But right under that you would also find “What to do if my tanner turns my skin orange” and “Help! I look like an oompa loompa what do I do?”.
Assuming I’m not the only one with these crazy Google requests…..
One of the advantages of self tanning is if you mess up, most mistakes start to fade within a few days. But sometimes, you use the wrong product and look too orange or suffer streaks and discoloration. I have put together a list of tips that others have used to undo what usually takes days to be undone.
Because nobody wants to go in public when you’re suffering a self tan meltdown, most of these tips are at home remedies from products you probably already have.
To lighten up the results of a self tanner, apply lemon juice to your body. You can also rub your hands with a small slice of lemon to remove tanning lotion stains. I’ve actually done this before and it works pretty well.
To lessen the appearance of a bad tan, start lightly rubbing vodka into your skin. Personally, I’ve never tried this, but I might just start doing this on a regular basis after a long day at work ;)
Add a small amount of baking soda to a moistened washcloth, and rub across self tanning splotches. Not only will the baking soda bring a bleaching effect, but it also exfoliates the skin.
When too much tanner has gotten under your fingernails, hands, feet and toenails, apply hydrogen peroxide to affected areas to encourage the color to fade.
Sunless tanning lotions affect the top layer of your skin, so removing dead skin cells will cause the effects to fade away. Gently rub a pumice stone on your palms to eliminate tanning lotion residue.
Gently rub your hands and skin where you wish to remove sunless tanning lotion.
Use a moistened washcloth to scrub the orangey residue left behind after self tanning with lotions.
Sugar or Salt:
The abrasive nature of sugar or salt granules can help remove tanning lotion stains on your hands. Simply moisten your hands and rub with the sugar/salt.
Nobody should have to endure a self tan meltdown that lasts for days. Use these tips the next time your self tanning product pulls a fast one on you.
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Category: Self Tanning Tips