How to Remove a Fake Tan Fast

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How to Remove a Fake Tan Fast
Orange you glad there's a way to remove a fake tan fast? (suntanned girl walking on the beach in white bikini image by Olga Sapegina from

Picture this scenario: you have a pool party to attend tomorrow, and you're as pale as a ghost. You reach for your favourite self-tanner, sure that you'll be bronzed and beautiful in no time. But just before you leave for the party, you glance down and see that your supposedly perfectly-tanned legs have embarrassing zebra stripes or drips that are clearly obvious. To add insult to injury your palms are bright orange as well. Suddenly, being pale doesn't seem all that bad. Here's how to remove a fake tan fast.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Cotton balls
  • Alcohol-free toner or make-up remover
  • Alpha hydroxy acid
  • Body hair bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Car mechanic soap
  • Sisal cloth or loofah
  • Baby oil
  • Moisturiser

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    Face and Neck

  1. 1

    Rub baking soda onto your damp face in the shower. Using gentle, circular movements, allow the baking soda to scrub away dead skin cells and the fake tan with it. Rinse thoroughly with water to remove the baking soda.

  2. 2

    Moisten a cotton ball with alcohol-free toner or make-up remover. Apply to the face and neck to even out the tone, or to make the self-tanner look more natural.

  3. 3

    Apply a product that contains alpha hydroxy acid to exfoliate and eliminate blotches. Apply this product to the face and neck. Allow it to work over an evening, or for at least several hours.

    Hands and Feet

  1. 1

    Mix body hair bleach and apply it to stained palms or the soles of your feet. Leave it on for ten minutes, then wash it off.

  2. 2

    Alternately, apply hydrogen peroxide once a day until the appearance of the self-tanner has diminished. Apply only to very small areas of your skin, in small amounts.

  3. 3

    Apply car mechanic soap on the stains on your hands, and on callused areas like the soles of your feet, then rinse thoroughly. This is harsh soap designed to remove orange stains.

    Knees, Elbows and Underarms

  1. 1

    Moisten a sisal cloth or loofah with water in the shower. Gently scrub underarm area to remove dead skin cells and the self-tanner colour.

  2. 2

    Use the loofah on the knees and elbows, vigorously scrubbing these tougher areas, which can have a higher accumulation of self-tanner. Take care not to rub to the point of being red or raw.

  3. 3

    Rinse thoroughly and moisturise your skin after using the loofah or sisal cloth.

    Legs and Arms

  1. 1

    Slather baby oil on your legs and arms and let it soak into your skin for thirty minutes.

  2. 2

    Take a nice, long soak in the bathtub, and apply gentle pressure to skin with a cotton washcloth to exfoliate.

  3. 3

    Dab skin dry with a soft towel, and moisturise your skin as usual.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not attempt to use multiple methods or several different products to remove self-tanner from the skin.

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