While there’s nothing we love more than a sunless golden glow, there are few things worse than streaky, orange skin. Sunless tanning blunders can be the ultimate beauty buzz kill, so we put together some tricks and tips to help you bronze those hard-to-reach places and avoid any tanning mishaps.
Your back, elbows, knees and ankles can be dangerous tanning territory. But you’ll be safe when you keep these helpful hints in mind.
1. When you are ready to apply, begin at your feet and work your way up to avoid creasing the color by bending over.
2. Once your entire body (with the exception of your palms and the bottom of your feet) has an even coat of self-tanner on it, apply a layer of lotion around your wrists, ankles, elbows, the backs of your knees and underarms. This dilutes the color slightly in these areas that naturally appear lighter on your body, making your tan look more natural.
3. To prevent tanner from collecting in your belly button, dip a cotton ball in lotion and rub the inside of your belly button to lighten the hue.
4. Tanning your back is extra-tricky, but there are a few options. Airbrush spray applicators and towelettes are easy to work with, as both allow maximum reach. We currently love L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Towelettes and Bliss ‘A Tan for All Seasons’ self-tanning mist.
If you prefer tanning lotions and gels, consider a sunless tan applicator like Xen-Tan Hard to Reach Back Applicator. Though it may sound crazy, you can also apply your tanner with a simple sponge paintbrush purchased from your local hardware, craft or retail store.
We know that sometimes, despite valiant efforts, tans can end up less-than-perfect. Whether you skipped a step (we’re looking at you orange hands), or just got a little overzealous, these tricks should fix the situation.
1. Take a long bath and scrub the tan you’d like to remove with an exfoliating body scrub like The Body Shop’s Olive Body Scrub.
2. If exfoliation doesn’t do the trick, rub half a lemon (or fresh lemon juice) on your tan for two minutes before lightly buffing with a damp towel. The acid in the lemon should remove some of the color. Vinegar has been said to work similarly.
3. If you still find yourself streaky, apply baby oil to your skin and leave it on for a few minutes before scrubbing your skin with an exfoliating glove.
4. And finally, if all else fails, there are few tans that foundation and long sleeves can’t fix.
For sunless tanning 101, be sure to check out our guide to mastering the perfect summer glow.
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