When trying out a new sunless tanning product, you may come across some that just don’t give you the right colour, or leave streaks or blotches. You probably don’t want to be walking around with an orange face while you wait for the effect to wear off, but don’t worry, there are a few things you can try to get your skin back to normal and embark on your next sunless tan trial.
Acidic liquids such as white vinegar and lemon juice can help reduce the intensity of any streaks or blotches your sunless tanning lotion may have left you with. Using either of these on a cotton ball, or even using a slice of lemon, can remove the streak and leave you with an even and wonderful looking sunless tan.
Mixing some baking soda up with a little water will also help to remove streaks and even out your faux tan. Washing an area that has gone too dark with some baking soda then exfoliating gently should remove the problem spot with little muss or fuss and no acidic odour.
If your face has gone a bright shade of carrot orange, wash with a generous application of facial toner. You can also use a cosmetic bronzer powder or moisturizer afterwards to smooth the shade of your skin while keeping some of that added colour.
Thorough exfoliation over your whole body can also cut the intensity of an undesirable shade to give you a more acceptable and natural glow. Shaving your legs can do the trick as well if you’ve used the self tanner mainly on that area. You can even try coating yourself with baby oil to loosen up the top layer of dead skin then grab a loofah and jump in the shower. With self-tanners, you’ve stained your outer layer of skin, so that dead skin on top can be taken off with a good dose of exfoliation.
You may have done a real number on yourself and given your skin a heavy application of self-tanning lotion that looks terrible. If the other home remedies just aren’t going to cut it for you, there are professional self-tanning remover products you can buy that will be effective for about 4 hours after application of the self-tan product.
Self-tanning mishaps may be prevented in the future by shopping around for quality products from trusted cosmetic name brands. Of course, this isn’t always the case because a certain product may react differently on your skin than that of someone else. Doing a trial run on a test patch of skin should help you determine the colour you’ll be getting from any given self-tanning product and give you a better experience with your future tanning lotion applications.