Fake tan is a great way to bronze your skin in a safe way that still looks great. The trick is in the application (take a look at our DIY fake-tanning tips), but what should you do if it all goes a bit wrong?
From bright orange palms to streaky legs – we are all prone to making the odd mistake. The important thing is to know how to fix it! Here we look at three common mishaps and what you can do to rectify them:
We’ve all done this. You go to apply your fake tan but realise you’ve forgotten to buy application gloves. Instead of waiting until you have time to buy some, you think, “Oh, I’ll just do it really quickly, it’ll be fine”. The next day you look down and there they are – tanned palms.
Luckily, this is easily fixed. Mix together the juice of one lemon and a couple tablespoons of salt in a bowl and rub the mixture into your hands for a few minutes before rinsing off. If you need a bit more help, try adding a crushed dishwater tablet to the lemon juice. Make sure you wash this off thoroughly and moisturise afterwards.
This happens when you’ve been a bit hasty and applied your tan unevenly. To fix it apply an oil-based fine-grained body scrub onto your legs and massage it in. The oil will help break down the tan and the scrub will exfoliate your skin. Next, jump in the shower and shave your legs (this will act as a second exfoliation). Moisturise well once dried.
Tan is too dark
Perhaps you left the tan on for too long, or maybe you simply misjudged the colour and it looks unnatural. If you’ve done this, massage a body oil such as coconut oil or baby oil all over your body. Wait for 30 minutes and then soak in a hot bath using a flannel to buff your body and remove the oil. The oil and hot water will work to break down the tan quicker.