If you want to be a true self-tan pro, don’t stop at perfecting your application. In case of emergencies, you need to know how to remove spray tan quickly. Tanning mishaps are rare if you’re an experienced tanner or get your colour done at professional salons, but they can still happen.
Forgetting to exfoliate or remove makeup and using low-quality products are all common reasons why tans sometimes go awry. When bad luck strikes, having a few products and ingredients on hand can help you quickly fix a tan without drama.
How to Remove Spray Tan with Homemade Recipes
Before you rush off to buy expensive treatments, take a look at your kitchen or bathroom cupboard. The common household products below can actually remove spray tan naturally.
- Baking Soda. When mixed with water, sodium bicarbonate turns into a thick paste that can be used to remove spray tan from either specific spots or the entire body. For best results, leave the paste on any areas where you need to remove colour for half an hour before scrubbing it off in the shower.
- Lemon Juice. Applying highly acidic lemon juice to problem spots is a great way to remove spray tan from specific areas and lighten dark discolourations. If you only have lemons, cut them up into wedges. For an all-over body treatment, mix fresh lemon juice with raw sugar. Rub the blend into your skin with an exfoliating brush to dissolve stubborn colour.
- Baby Oil. Like baking soda, baby oil works by taking colour out over time. After working it into your skin, leave it on your body for about forty minutes. Because baby oil softens skin cells, your faux tan should slide right off once you’re in the shower. Keep in mind that baby oil stains easily, so steer clear of furniture while you have it on your skin and immediately after your shower.
- Exfoliating Mitt and Cleanser. When you’re out of the ingredients above, jump in the shower for a thorough exfoliating session. Exfoliating mitts contour to the unique shape of your hands, so they’re easier to use for colour removal than brushes. Pair yours with a powerful exfoliating cleanser and scrub away.
How to Remove Spray Tan with Norvell’s Salt Body Scrub
When you need something stronger to neutralise dark colour, treat yourself to Norvell’s detoxifying salt scrub. Designed specifically for faux tanning, Norvell’s rejuvenating scrub uses exotic marine salts and oils to remove leftover colour, dead skin cells and dirt.
For flawless coverage with every application, use it as an exfoliator to strip old colour before your next tanning session.