Struggling to remove all traces of a faux tan disaster? We've all been there. The sheer panic when you see yourself in the mirror in the morning after having applied that praised self-tanning product the night before. It looked so simple in the YouTube video, but somehow you've ended up with orange streaks, and the palms of your hands are awkwardly golden bronze. Using self-tanning products has gotten increasingly popular as more and more people opt for a safer way to get darkened, glowing skin. And thankfully, there are many tips and tricks out to help remove a faux tan gone wrong, and we've gathered the best methods here!
The easiest way to get rid of a faux tan is to use a product that will exfoliate the body, because your tan, disaster or not, is really just pigmented dead skin cells. Therefore, the first suggestion is to invest in a good quality exfoliating scrub. In combination with a good loofah, a granulated scrub will most definitely do the trick and remove any and all signs of orange. This could take a few showers, but the effects should be noticeable after just one scrub-session.
According to The Sun, another method of getting rid of a sunless tan involves rubbing baby oil or lemon juice, two products most people will have handily at home, over the spots that need to be removed. Both of these products can be used together with the exfoliating method that we mentioned above. Baby oil helps to soften the skin, so it's the perfect prep for your body before a scrub. Lemon juice has a bleaching effect and mixed with an exfoliating product - granulated sugar or salt if you want to stick to the natural ingredients - it will work wonders removing a fake tan.
At the weirder end of tan removing hacks, apparently, model Ashley Graham swears by using window cleaner to remove her faux tan, which does not sound very safe to us! You hear a lot about the bizarre beauty hacks that celebrities swear by (apparently Sienna Miller puts ketchup in her hair), but using window cleaner on your skin is not recommended. The chemicals are far too strong to apply to the skin, and you wouldn't want to end up with a nasty rash when the whole point of the treatment was to even out your skin tone.
We would definitely not recommend the Windex method. We're all for using natural products and getting creative with items you tend to have at home, but make sure you're not harming your skin in the process!