Having a sunless tanning disaster? Don’t freak out. Whether the palms of your hands have turned a frightening shade of orange or your skin is streaky and blotchy, help is on the way. Take a deep breath and see if you can make one of these easy, at-home tips work for you.
1. Exfoliate. First, moisturize the entire affected area. Then, soak in a warm bath for about 30 minutes. Finally, cleanse the self-tanner off your skin using a loofah and an exfoliating scrub. This procedure should lighten the sunless tanner significantly, if not remove it altogether. *Exfoliating is also a great fix if sunless tanner has darkened your elbows and knees.
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2. For the palms of your hands or bottoms of your feet, use facial hair bleach. Any body hair bleach will do, but bleach meant for the face will surely be the safest. Just apply the bleach onto your palms or soles and let it sit for ten minutes. Then, wash it off, gently scrubbing with a wash cloth. *Hair bleach also does wonders for self tanner under your nails, just apply with a q-tip for 10 minutes, then wash and scrub with a nail bristle.
3. Baking soda is a magic tool in sunless tanner removal. Soak your body in a warm bath to open up pores. Then, scrub with baking soda and a wash cloth in the shower. If the self tanner has affected your face and neck, scrub the baking soda into damp skin in circular motions, then rinse off.
4. Lemon is another natural self tanner eraser. Best used on the face and neck, a fresh lemon wedge rubbed lightly but thoroughly will leave the affected area looking lighter and more radiant.
5. If you’re still looking orange, try rubbing alcohol. Use caution, especially on your face and remember that alcohol may cause excessive dryness of the skin.
6. Another great trick is makeup remover. I have found that rubbing the affected area with eye makeup remover specifically, works best.
While these procedures may help to remove sunless tanner, it is important to remember that none of these tips tanner from your body completely. The good news is that self tanner only stays in the top layer of your skin, so it should come off naturally within a few days. While this process may be sped up with daily exfoliation, be kind to your skin and do not over-scrub.