How to Get Rid of a Tan Fast

Updated November 21, 2016

You might want to lose your tan if you have been out in the sun and want to get rid of tan lines, or you might have had an accident with fake tan causing your skin to turn orange or blotchy. A fake tan will generally fade after three days, though there are a number of ways for you to remove the tan. Removing a natural tan is more difficult, but there are still things you can do to speed up the process.

Exfoliate your face to remove a fake or natural tan by massaging baking soda into the skin, making small circles with your fingertips. This will help to remove any dead skin cells. To aid in the removal of a fake tan, you can also soak a cotton pad in an alcohol-free toner or make-up remover and apply it to the face and neck.

Use a washcloth to scrub the knees, elbows and underarms to exfoliate the tanned skin. Be sure to cover the rest of your body in baby oil before exfoliating gently in a hot bath. Your torso, legs and arms are more delicate, and you should avoid scrubbing at these areas as you might rub them raw, causing the skin to become red and sore. Exfoliating will help to reduce both fake and natural tans.

Go swimming to get rid of your fake tan. Chlorinated water can help to effectively remove the tan from the skin. If you are trying to lose a natural tan, you should not go out in the sun unless you are wearing a sunblock of SPF 30 or higher, and if you are planning on swimming outdoors, you should ensure that your sunscreen is also waterproof.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Cotton pad
  • Alcohol-free toner
  • Make-up remover
  • Wash cloth
  • Baby oil
  • Sunblock
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