How to Fix a Fake Tan

Written by kay ireland
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A fake tan seems like it's easily the best of both worlds; you get the darker colour that you love, without the harmful rays of the sun or a tanning booth. But a fake tan via lotion or spray has its own challenges. Color that is too dark or unnatural, along with streaky application, can leave you feeling frustrated, and thinking that you just have to live with the bad tan until it fades. Luckily, you can fix a fake tan using items you probably already have around your home.

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  • Lemon juice
  • Salt or sugar
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    Run a bath that is very warm. You don't want to burn yourself, but make sure that it is hot and steamy. The heat will help open your pores so it is easier to fix a bad tan by removing or lightening it after the bath. Bathe for at least 15 minutes, making sure to enclose the area around the bath so that you get the full benefit of the steam.

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    Step out of the bath and towel off with an old or discoloured towel; the bath could have caused some of your skin to start exfoliating on its own, which could result in a discolouration of your towels. Towel off as fast as you can, so you still have the benefit of the steam to soften yours skin.

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    Mix a paste of lemon juice and enough sugar to make a consistency similar to toothpaste. To lighten or remove a badly coloured tan, use your fingers to rub the paste into the skin. Lemon juice acts as a skin lightener, while the sugar acts as a scrub to remove the skin cells that have been coloured, resulting in the tan being removed.

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    Utilise a cotton swap dipped in lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide only in order to fix a streaky tan. Instead of rubbing it all over, make the streak look less noticeable by fading the harsh lines of the streak with the cotton swap so that the colour looks more uniform and even.

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    Purchase a tan remover like Jersey Girl's Shimmer Dimmer to remove the tan. These formulas use chemicals to remove the colour with no special effort on your part, other than rubbing on the solution. Most simply fade the tan so that it's not as noticeable until it fades completely.

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