The correct application and maintenance of a fake tan is common knowledge these days. But can you remove it just as well? Or does your tan end up looking like a lacklustre, alligator-y mess after the first four or five days?
Luckily, there are methods out that there to remove your fake tan that use ingredients you likely already have in your cupboard. And yes, they REALLY work (they even offer some fringe benefits along the way!)
Here are four of the best ways to remove your fake tan:
Method #1: Baby Oil
Baby oil, or even just a regular body oil is a most effective weapon in your fake tan removal arsenal.
Process – Simply coat the area from which you wish to remove the tan, making sure you work the oil into your skin thoroughly, and leave for half an hour to forty minutes.
Afterwards, run a bath and use an exfoliator and/or exfoliating mitt to scrub away excess. Because fake tan removal is centered around the removal of skin cells rather than the tan itself, baby oil is perfect as it softens the cells and renders them easier to slough off.
As an added bonus, the oil will make your skin feel and smell lovely. However, beware of coming into contact with fabrics/carpets etc whilst waiting for the oil to take effect, as it will permanently stain.
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Method #2: Bi Carb Soda
Bi carb soda, that little box of myriad uses that sits at the back of your pantry, now has a new role!
Process – For it to become your new best friend when it comes to tan removal, mix up the bi carb with a little water to create a paste (the amounts of each of these is entirely up to you and how much of your body you need to cover – as long as it becomes a thick, paste-like mixture). Apply to your body, leave for twenty minutes to half an hour and scrub off.
The best part about using bi carb is that it is oxygenating, breathing new life into your skin as you wait. As it is also used as a home remedy for rashes and stings, bi carb will soften the blow and give your skin some relief when it comes time to start scrubbing hard.
Method #3: Lemon Juice
Lemon juice, as it is a citrus fruit, is naturally acidic and therefore super-efficient in zapping that shonky, on-its-last-legs fake tan right off.
Process – For a spot treatment, grab a wedge of lemon and rub it onto the area you wish to remove. This technique is particularly useful if you’ve accidentally OD’ed on tan on the palms of your hands, ankles, elbows and those other places that tan seems to annoyingly and excessively grab on to.
For an all-over lemon tan removal, mix some lemon juice squeezed straight from the fruit with raw sugar to create a DIY exfoliant. Cheap, effective and delicious.
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Method #4: A targeted product
This might be the best bet for those of you looking for something a little more professional that you won’t have to mix up yourself every time your tan starts to look a little worse for wear. The best pick of the bunch is St. Tropez tan remover that you can buy here for $18.00.
Here’s to a fuss-free and inexpensive tan removal for us all! Do you have any tried and tested methods for removing your fake tan that we need to be aware of? Let us know in the comments below!