Fake tans have become more popular in order for people to avoid the damaging effects of natural sunlight. Too much ultraviolet light over many years leads to wrinkles and skin cancer. However, having a healthy glow on the skin is still desirable, especially in the summer when someone is wearing a swimsuit. Sunless or fake tanning typically occurs in a professional environment such as a spa, beauty salon or tanning shop. Customers in these establishments enter a special booth where an automated system sprays chemicals on their skin that seeps into the tissue providing a temporary tan.
It is also possible to buy bronzers to use at home to get a fake or sunless tan. The application of tanning chemicals requires specialized techniques to avoid problems such as streaking or dark patches that make the skin look unnatural and unattractive. When someone gets a fake tan with problems such as being too dark or uneven, it is important to know how to correct the coverage as quickly as possible. One of the best things about fake tanning is that it is temporary with the dyes only entering the uppermost levels of the skin tissue.
There are several home remedies for fixing a fake tan that are inexpensive. Exfoliating skin that contains the tanning dyes is the best method but does take effort. Mixing a paste of baking soda and baby oil to apply to the skin is an exfoliating method that does not cause irritation. It is important to focus attention on the areas of the body that are most easily seen such as the face, neck and arms. After leaving the paste on the fake tanned skin for 25 minutes, an individual can soak in a warm bath to wash away the substance.
Another fast and easy way to lighten the effects of a bad fake tan is by using lemon juice on the face and body. Bottled or squeezed lemon juice is acceptable to apply to a warm washcloth before rubbing the skin on the arms, neck and face for less than 10 minutes. Simply exfoliating the tanned skin from the face and body is helpful for small problems with a sunless tan. While having a hot shower, use a body scrubbing product or loofah sponge to remove dry skin tissue to improve the appearance of a bad fake tan.