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Tips For Removing Fake Tan and Avoiding Streaky Tan at the Races

Go (Un)Streaking With These Self-Tanner Removal Tips

Fake tan is the way to go all year round — as opposed to sunbaking — but it's extra high on the beauty priority list come NYE because we're always chasing that beautiful, sun-kissed glow to match our amazing party frocks. But what do you do if you've had an unfortunate encounter with the beloved self-tanner and need to get it off? Our guess is that even though you followed the directions carefully, you ended up looking less sex kitten last night, more striped kitty! Have no fear, we're going (un)streaking. For tips on how to make the patchwork look a little less obvious, just keep reading.

  • Think fast: The faster you see the streaks developing, the easier they'll be to remove. Consider using a fast-developing self-tanner so you can see the "oops moments" as they unfold, or use a gradual tanner, like St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Mousse ($39.95). This way, bad results are less obvious.
  • Exfoliate: Since tanners dye your skin, try to get those pigments out by sloughing off skin cells through exfoliation. Whether you use a loofah, body scrub, or plain old baking soda on a wash cloth, these types of scrubs will help newer (untanned) skin cells to surface more rapidly. Kit Cosmetics' Pomegranate and Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub does the job and smells amazing ($24.95).
  • Prepping power: To prevent streaking in the first place, exfoliate first and make sure your body is not damp when applying your self-tanner. Wear gloves as you work the tanner into your skin (Elle Bache's Great Tanning Mitt is a lifesaver, $15), and take a towel or paper towel to gently blend over all areas evenly, avoiding excess application to the ankles, in between the toes, the elbows, and knees.
  • Tan removers: Several companies offer tan removers to help lift the dye away. Try ModelCo Tan Remover Exfoliating Scrub ($17) in the shower.
  • Go suck a lemon: Not literally, of course. Applying lemon juice to those splotches is a natural way to help exfoliate. Use a cotton pad to apply, and scrub away.
  • Hit the bottle: Of rubbing alcohol. Dunk a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and apply to the spotty areas. This method can be somewhat drying, though, so be sure to moisturise after.

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