How to get rid of a spray tan fast & easy

Written by kate russell
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Before you walked into the spray tan booth at your local tanning salon, you envisioned coming out looking like a bronzed beauty who spent the summer underneath the blazing sun. Unfortunately, your vision didn't turn out to be true and instead of looking like a Victoria's Secret model, you resemble an Oompa-Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While most spray tans last about three to five days, you can try some fast and easy ways to get the orange mess off your skin.

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Things you need

  • Mineral oil
  • Washcloth
  • Razor
  • Loofah
  • Lemon juice

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  1. 1

    Apply mineral oil to your skin. Mineral oil breaks down dirt and grime. It will also break down the spray tan on the outer level of your skin. For best results, apply mineral oil with a washcloth and rub it in a circular motion.

  2. 2

    Hop in the shower with your loofah. Wipe away the mineral oil with the loofah. The loofah will take off dead skin cells off your body. Since spray tans adhere to the top layer of the skin, exfoliating will help rid your skin of the orange hue.

  3. 3

    Shave, shave, shave. Shaving will also take off the top layer of your skin. Shaving your legs will help rid you of the dry skin cells that hold the orange hue.

  4. 4

    Rub lemon juice on your skin after you shower. Lemon juice can be similar to bleach in this situation and will take away some of the spray tan. Make sure you wash the lemon juice off or you'll risk feeling sticky and stinky.

  5. 5

    Jump in a pool or a hot tub. The spray tan's worst enemy is chlorine. Like lemon juice, chlorine is a bleaching agent and will wipe away your tan. When you leave the pool, drying off with a towel will also help exfoliate your skin and get rid of the spray tan.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with the tanning salon to see if they sell any products to get rid of your spray tan snafu.

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