How To Fix A Fake Tan Gone Wrong

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So you over-did it with a self tanner and now you’re starting to look a little oompa loompa-ish. I’ve been there, in fact the first tan I ever self-applied looked like someone had sponge painted me a bright rusty orange colour. It was horrendous.

Not only did I skip school the next day, obvs, but I scrubbed and scrubbed until my skin felt raw.

Now when I go to apply a little faux-glow I have a back up plan that will not only help me to erase any mistakes, streaks, and hues-gone-wrong, but is also safe and gentle on my skin.

And what’s even better is you probably already have the ingredients lying around your house!

Aww Sugar Sugar

No need to use any harsh chemicals to remove that botched baked look, just simply mix up:

  • 1 cup of raw sugar
  • 3/4 cup of fresh lemon juice

Note that I said fresh lemon juice.

This is important because the store-bought already-squeezed lemon juice may have different chemicals in it that you just don’t want to rub onto your skin, especially if you are also rubbing it with coarse sugar.

Once you have your mixture ready to go, simply spread it onto the problem areas and rub it into your skin for about a minute.

Then let it sit for up to 5 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Not only does this simple and sweet fix help to hide that horrendous hue, but it’s a safe and natural alternative to lathering your skin with synthetic chemicals that can ultimately do more harm than good.

But what if your skin is a little too sensitive to rub and scrub it with coarse sugar?

Baking Soda

It may not be as sweet and tasty as the sugar treatment but it’s a more gentle alternative for those who have sensitive skin.

Just grab a bowl and mix equal parts baking soda with lemon juice. Then just stir that bad boy until you have a paste that can be easily spread onto your skin but won’t run off immediately.

Once you have got your desired consistency, simply spread it on and rub it into your skin in a soft, circular motion for up to five minutes before wiping it off with a clean, damp cloth.

Because this treatment is less abrasive than the sugar treatment it may take a few more times to get rid of the streaks, but rest assured, it should work.

Hair Removal Cream

While I’m fully into providing safe, natural solutions that don’t cost our readers a pretty penny, there are some who don’t mind relying on the store-bought treatments, and that’s cool, I get it.

So if you find sugar and baking soda just really ain’t your thang then head on over to your nearest drug store and pick yourself up a bottle of hair removal cream.

A solid hair removal cream should help to erase that botched faux-glow in no time. Noticing streaks? Applied one too many coats? Not the colour you were hoping for? Simply apply your hair removal cream, wipe off immediately, and start over again.

It’s like the delete button of fake tans! Holla!

Finally, as our summer is starting to wind down some of us may want to hold onto our bronzed glow a little longer *cough* me *cough*. But if self-applied tanner isn’t really for you then gurrrrl do I have just the thing for you! Actually two things!

For those who love to DIY, why not check out my seriously simple guide on how to tan using tea OR for those who would prefer to buy instead of DIY then check out our review on one of the best, and most popular, at-home tanning systems, Luminess Tan.

Whether you prefer to buy or DIY these options will help you to maintain that sultry glow all year round.

But before you run off….errr….click off this page I want to hear from you! Specifically, I want to know if you love to rock the faux-glow and find these tips helpful or do you prefer to kick it au naturale?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below and let a sistah know!

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