Getting your fake tan right is a real art form and one that many of us have struggled to perfect.
Many of us end up with an untanned patch on our back, dark knees and elbows, or ugly streaks that we don’t notice until we leave the house.
But even worse, removing the dodgy discoloration can be a nightmare if your fake tan goes awry.
Here, tanning experts share their top tips for removing your tan.
Use an exfoliating glove
Your first port of call is to put the shower gel on an exfoliating mitt and rub your skin – not too vigorously. This should remove the dead cells from your skin and hopefully the top layer of tan along with it.
Claire Lambert, Skinny Tan’s tanning expert, said she swears by an exfoliating mitt to help shift the unwanted color.
Go for a steam
Visit your local steam room, spa or gym and settle into the warm, humid air. It’s perfect for softening your skin so you can remove your tan.
Speaking to Good To Know, Claire Lambert said: “Steaming will help make your skin super soft. Use these methods in conjunction with an exfoliating product for best results!”
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to go swimming
The chlorine in swimming pools speeds up the treatment process for your artificial tan.
It dries out your skin, and the drier your skin, the faster the tan will peel off.
Whip the lemon juice
Lemon juice is acidic, and these natural acids are great for exfoliating your skin.
Claire said: “This is a fabulous hack to remove any build up or stains of fake tan.
“Take a lemon, cut it in half and literally massage the fresh lemon onto the area for a few minutes to reveal a faded result.”
It is best to stay away from this one if you have sensitive skin as it is rough and can cause irritation.
Try baking soda
Baking soda has a number of surprising and incredible uses, but one of them is as a fake tan remover.
Simply create a paste with baking soda and water and apply to your skin like a DIY scrub.
This can encourage cell turnover and speed up the fading of your dodgy tan.
The expert said: “Simply mix the baking soda with either water, lemon juice or coconut oil to form a paste.
“Apply directly to skin and oxygenate to prepare skin for gloved exfoliation.”
Again, avoid this if you have sensitive skin.
The last and slightly left option is to use toothpaste to postpone that pesky tan.
Claire said: “If needed, simply apply a whitening toothpaste directly to the skin and the sodium bicarbonate will help erase any false tan blemishes in about ten minutes.
“Just wash it off with a cloth or help it with an exfoliating mitt.”
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