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?
Whether you’ve gone for a professional application of bronze for an event, or you’re a dab hand at the at-home golden glow, fake tan is always tricky to remove. Thoroughly removing the product pigment from your skin is essential before reapplying, but even this in itself can be a mission!
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!) There’s also a host of ready-made products you can use, which will whip your skin into even shape at a moment’s notice, with extra benefits to boot. We’ll get to those in the second part of this article.
Here are four of the best ways to remove your fake tan (DIY):
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.