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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How To Remove Self-Tanner

Fall is officially here. You’re most likely changing up your wardrobe, skincare routine, makeup, footwear and all those other fun things one must do to adjust to the cooler temperatures. 

Since summer is gone, it’s also time to get rid of the faux tan. 

Though some people like to keep their bottle of self-tanner handy during fall and winter, I think an all-over tan just looks too unnatural. I prefer to just subtly use some bronzer on my face at this time of the year. The problem with letting your fake tan fade is the unevenness that can occur. If you’d like to get rid of your fake tan a little faster, check out these tips:

Exfoliate: Okay, so this does not mean scrub until you’ve removed several layers of skin. Exfoliate gently using a loofah, sugar scrub or washcloth every day and this will help speed the process of lightening the tanner. 

Use lemon: If you’ve only got a few tanner streaks, apply lemon juice. It acts as a natural exfoliator and the acidic properties help lighten tanner quickly.

Use rubbing alcohol: Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and run it over any areas you want to lighten. Be careful with this method. Rubbing alcohol is very drying, so once you’ve finished you’ll want to wash your skin with soap and water and then moisturize.

Soak in the tub: If you’re an avid self-tanner, you’ve most likely noticed that your hands always fade first and fade fast and it’s because people wash their hands throughout the day. When you decide you want to get rid of your tan, try soaking in the tub for a while. Exposing your skin to soapy water can help begin the process of lifting the tanning product. 

Use baking soda: Apply some baking soda to a wet washcloth and gently rub it over your skin. This method won’t work extremely quick, but you’ll notice your self-tanner fading after a few tries. One of the good things about using baking soda is that it won’t be harsh or drying on your skin.

Buy a formulated remover: There actually are products on the market designed to help get rid of faux tans. One to check out: St. Tropez Tan Remover, $18

Tan Remover
Do you have any secrets to speeding up the process of removing self-tanner?

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