How to remove spray tan from hands

Written by cynthia measom
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Exposing unprotected skin to the UV rays can result in premature skin damage and even cancer. Safer alternatives for developing a tan include chemical applications that temporarily dye the skin a darker colour. Spray tans are just like any other type of dye in that they will stain your skin. If your hands have become stained as the result of a spray tan, you will likely be relieved to know that you have some options for removal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Baby oil
  • Latex gloves
  • Exfoliant gel
  • Loofah
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Damp washcloth
  • Moisturising lotion

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands and towel dry.

  2. 2

    Apply a generous amount of baby oil to your hands. Allow it to remain for approximately one hour. If desired, wear a pair of latex gloves while you are waiting.

  3. 3

    Apply a gel exfoliant to your hands. Scrub them with a loofah to exfoliate the skin.

  4. 4

    Rinse and view the results. If needed, make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and rub onto your skin with the loofah or a damp washcloth.

  5. 5

    Rinse your hands. Apply a liberal amount of moisturising lotion to prevent dry hands.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't scrub your skin too vigorously with the loofah, as it will cause irritation.

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