How to Make My Suntan Fade

Updated February 21, 2017

If you spent time out in the sun, and are a bit too tan for your taste, consider trying to make your suntan fade. A tan fades when the cells that comprise the outside of the skin shed. Helping the skin to shed more quickly will fade the tan. Use natural methods to do so or exfoliate the skin to remove the tan. Be careful when using methods to fade a tan as they can be irritating to sensitive skin.

Exfoliate your skin. Do this while bathing or in the shower. Apply a moderate amount of body scrub to a washcloth. Rub the washcloth in small circles on the skin all over the body, or in the areas that are tan. Rinse it off with water. Do this every other day to make your suntan fade.

Add one-half cup of baby oil to a full bathtub of water. Soak in it for 30 minutes. Use a loofah to scrub your skin. Do not press too hard but hard enough so that you are removing skin cells.

Apply milk to tan areas of the skin. This is ideal if you are trying to fade a suntan and you have sensitive skin. Dip cotton balls into whole milk and rub onto the tan areas of the body. Milk is safe to use on the face as well. Leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning.

Apply a body lotion that contains alpha-hydroxy acids to the skin. Begin by slathering it all over the skin every other day, preferably in the evening. If your skin tolerates that and is not too sensitive, try using it every day.


Do not use any of the above methods on sunburned skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Body scrub
  • Water
  • Washcloth
  • 1/2 cup Baby oil
  • Loofah
  • Milk
  • Cotton balls
  • Alpha-hydroxy body lotion
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Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.