How to Remove Self Tanner Naturally

Usually people ask us how they can make their self tanner last longer, but occasionally we hear from those looking to get rid of their fake tan, either because their tan is lasting too long, they used a product that turned them orange, or they need to fix a streaky and uneven tan. The good news is that self tanner only affects the top layer of your skin, which means it doesn’t last as long as a natural tan does (this is also why using self tanner is exceptionally safe).

Most self tanners will begin to fade on their own after 5-10 days, but if you’re in a pinch and need to even out some streaks or blotches with your self tanner, we are here to help. 

Natural ways to remove your tan without harsh chemicals or speciality products:

#1 - Oil Up, Baby

Baby oil, olive oil and coconut oil all help exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin cells and buildup in your pores. Rub a few tablespoons of your chosen oil on the areas you want to fade and allow it to sit for 4-5 minutes. Use a loofah or washcloth to gently scrape away the dead skin, and watch your tan fade with it.

#2 - Lemon Juice & Baking Soda

Baking soda literally cleans everything. In this case, mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with a few squeezes of lemon juice (enough to make a paste). Apply to your skin, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse off with warm water (or a shower).

#3 - Dish Soap

Dish soap is great for getting self tanner off your hands, feet, and other more stubborn areas. Wash your hands thoroughly with dish soap - we find Dawn works best, but any brand does the trick. If you can, use a pumice stone or washcloth to help scrub the tan off. Be aware, dish soap can really dry your skin out quick, so don’t overdo it and be sure to moisturize after. 

#4 - Take a Steamy Showers or Use a Saunas

A nice, hot, steamy shower or a sauna session can help you shed that tan. The heat + moisture combination will soften the skin, making it easier to rinse away your tan with your regular body wash or soap.

#5 Swim It Off

Salt water and chlorine are both excellent at causing your tan to fade faster. Both have a tendency to dry out your skin though, so make sure you rinse off in the shower shortly after your dip and apply some moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and healthy

Now that you’ve gotten rid of that uneven tan, pick up some of our scentless, strength-controlled tanner for that healthy glow all year round.

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