5 Ways to Remove Self-Tanner at Home and Fix a Disaster — Fast

March 09, 2020
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Let’s admit it, many of us fantasize about achieving that bronzed beach babe look the second temperatures even come close to hitting 70 degrees. In an effort to prevent compromising our skin’s health and risking skin cancer for this seasonal dream, we go for the quick fix: sunless tanner. But what happens when this sun-kissed dream quickly shifts to a nightmare, and instead of looking like a golden goddess, your skin resembles that of an orange? If you fall victim to a tanning disaster and end up experiencing some streaking on those tricky, hard-to-reach areas, read on because we’ve detailed five great ways to remove any hint of tangerine tint — fast.

Self-Tanning Fix #1: Start Scrubbing
Self-tanning products are notoriously stubborn, but with a little elbow grease, they can be removed fairly easily. Use a gentle sugar exfoliant like the Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub to slough the pigment away without irritating your skin.

Self-Tanning Fix #2: Bask in Baking Soda
Considering it’s used for everything from teeth whitening to carpet cleaning, it’s no surprise that baking soda is also a remedy for sunless-tanner removal. Pour some baking soda onto a damp washcloth and gently scrub the skin in a circular motion. Rinse, dry and repeat the process every few hours until the color is gone.  

Self-Tanning Fix #3: Grab Some Lemons
These little sour fruits work wonders on sunless-tanning blunders! Slice up a lemon (or lemons, depending on the severity of your situation), rub it onto the targeted area and voilà, your streaks will be gone.  

Self-Tanning Fix #4: Lather on Cleanser
A little soap and water go a long way. To address any streaky self-tanning issues — or when cleansing your hands of tanner residue — apply a light, oil-based cleanser such as the L’Occitane Shea Body Shower Oil to wash away the pigment.  

Self-Tanning Fix #5: Try Baby Oil

Slather on baby oil after a warm bath or shower and let it settle on your skin for about ten minutes. The oil loosens and lifts the pigment, decreasing the intensity of your tan — and it leaves your skin feeling super soft.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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