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How to Remove Fake Tan from Your Hands (One of Life's Most Important Lessons)

With the warm weather here, many of us are adding a warm color to our winter-wear. But we don’t always get it right, there are some very obvious telltale signs. That’s why, in addition to the best fake tan, you need to know how to get fake tan off your hands.

Knowing how to remove fake tan is one of life’s most important lessons. Maybe you’ve had a complete tanning disaster (we’re talking broken wrists, fluorescent elbows, and fingers that are so multicolored that gloves are in order). Or maybe you just want to get rid of that four-day glow that looks a little streaky. We’ve all been there and will be. So the art of removing fake tan is something everyone should know.

Yes, even if you’ve invested in the best fake tan and followed all the fake tan tips, chances are you won’t achieve it 100% of the time. But don’t worry, you’re not alone and it’s very easy to fix.

There are a few things you can do to get rid of orange stains in unwanted areas. We talked with Jules von Heppfake tan guru, celebrity spray tanner and founder of Paradise Island.

How to remove fake tan from hands, feet and ankles

Chapped hands and blotchy feet are often the biggest giveaways that your tanner has gone wrong, but before you grab your mitts, know that it’s completely fixable—even without fake tan remover.

In fact, kitchen cabinet staples may be the answer to your prayers.

Add two tablespoons of baking soda to a little water and mix to form a paste. Rub it on your hands or feet, leave it for a few minutes to avoid particularly bad wrinkles. Then wash off.

Another way to say goodbye to streaks is to take a bath and fill it with bath oil. This will soften the tan. While there, use the glove in a circular motion. This will ensure that all stubborn patches are removed evenly. Simple!

How to remove fake tan at home

First things first: “Don’t be afraid of scrubbing,” warns Jules. “Eventually, you’ll remove the tan in patches and it’ll be a snowball effect.”

Instead, try using a light body polish (choose from our list of best body scrubs) mixed with a small amount of body oil and repeat a few times for an even fade.

The oil helps break down the DHA (color element) in the self-tanner. This is good to keep in mind if you’ve just gotten a spray tan; don’t moisturize your body with anything containing oil afterwards.

Or take a dip in the local pool if you don’t mind getting a little streaky in public. “Chlorine will break down the tan,” explains Jules. “After you shower, grab a pair of exfoliating gloves and work in a circular motion. Steam baths and saunas will also soften the tan.

If everything has sunk in and you need to get rid of your tan immediately, tanning brands now have products specifically designed to destroy the color. This will quickly remove fake tan.

Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser (£14.99 | Lookfantastic) was one of the first on the market and sold out within three hours of its first launch. It just goes to show how much many of us want to remove and enhance our fake tan.

Can be used on old tan or freshly applied bronze; simply spray onto the skin, smooth over the area you want to diffuse, leave for five minutes and wipe off with a damp cloth. It’s that simple.

How to remove fake tan patches before reapplying

If you’re a self-confessed tan junkie who can’t get a glow every day, then it’s really important to remove the old tan before applying the new one.

Being the clever guy that he is, Jules created Isle of Paradise’s Over It (£17.95 | Boots), which is best for a three-day tan. It also contains glycolic acid which exfoliates the skin. Spray all over the body until the skin is saturated, wait five minutes, then jump in the shower and exfoliate with a sponge or flannel.

How to remove fake tan with lemon juice

Vaguely remember hearing something about lemons and dismissing it as an old wives tale? It turns out there is something in it. “The old faithful combination of lemons and sugar mixed together will work to a certain extent, but you really need a glove or glove to dig in,” explains Jules.

It’s also worth investing in an exfoliating glove to help remove tan build-up or mistakes. It’s a must-have item in your at-home tanning kit.

How to remove fake tan from face

Removing fake tan from the face is a much more delicate process. You’ve invested in the best eye cream, you’re religious about the best SPF moisturisers, and you can’t go a week without a regenerating face mask—so vigorously scrub your skin to remove the fake tan. probably not the best idea.

Enter: your favorite face scrub. Liquid exfoliants are a great way to remove fake tan from your face and take care of your skin at the same time. Simply put a few drops on one of the best reusable makeup pads and clean your skin. Whether your chemical exfoliant is AHA or BHA, these clever acids slough away old skin cell build-up and old fake tan, all while improving skin tone and texture. So it’s a double win.

How to remove fake tan from clothes

Getting fake tan spots on your favorite go-with-everything white shirt or super-cheap The White Company bedding can be a real nightmare. You must try to remove the stain while it is still wet.

Turning the fabric upside down and running it under cold water will loosen the product, but try not to rub it, as you can smear it and make it worse. Instead, mix warm water and a little detergent and sponge on the affected area, repeat until the stain is gone.

So there we have it. We’ve just eliminated all future fake tan disasters. Well, maybe not everyone. There will always be one…

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