How To Remove Fake Tan: 3 (Easy!) Ways To Clean Up A Tanning Disaster


1. How To Fix… Orange Hands
Mix the juice of one lemon and a few tablespoons of salt together in a bowl, then spend a few minutes rubbing the mixture between your hands before washing off. If you need a little extra help, up the ante by trying 'a mixture of crushed dishwasher tablets and lemon juice,' suggests tanning master James Read, an expert on how to remove fake tan. 'The detergent will help bleach out the orange stains.' Wash off after a few minutes and thoroughly moisturise your hands afterwards.

2. How To Fix… Streaky Legs
Uneven tan application can result in streaks on your legs. It's easily done and don’t freak out – it’s easily fixed. First, 'apply an oil-based fine-grained body scrub directly onto dry skin and spend a few minutes massaging it in,' advises 'The Tom Ford Of Fake Tan', Celebrity Tanning Ambassador for Sienna X James Harknett. 'The oil will help the fake-tan break down, and the grains will exfoliate your skin.' Next, jump in the shower to wash off the scrub, then shave your legs – shaving will act as a second exfoliation.

InStyle recommends: Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Scrub, £29.50, Time To Spa

One of the biggest culprits for a dodgy fake tan is not beginning with a great base. For the best start whip your skincare routine into shape with a little help from our sister site Powder. They’ll recommend the skincare buys that are best suited for your skin type. Score.

3. How To Fix… When You’ve Gone Too Dark
If you’ve left tan on for too long and you’re looking more mahogany than golden, 'massage a body oil, like Baby Oil or coconut oil, all over your body,' suggests Harknett. Wait for 30 minutes, then take a soak in a hot bath and use a flannel to buff your body all over to remove the oil. 'Oil and hot water help accelerate the breakdown of fake tan,' explains Harknett.

InStyle recommends: Johnson’s Baby Oil, £1.75, Boots and Luxury Facial Flannel, £4.50, The Body Shop

4. How To Fix... 3-Day-Old Tan 

The remnants of your last tan start to look patchy AF once day three rolls around. Bondi Sands recently launched a bottled fake tan remover designed for this very issue - just massage the foam in, leave for five minutes and scrub away in the shower. Genius. 

InStyle recommends: Bondi Sands Fake Tan Remover, £14.99, Boots

Want to give that perfect holiday glow another go? Check out our step-by-step guide on how to apply fake tan, or take your pick from our beauty editor's round-up of the best fake tan products on the market.

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