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Fixing Fake Tan Mistakes

Ask Bella: Help! I've Messed Up My Fake Tan — How Do I Fix It?

Every time I put fake tan on, I get really dark bits around my elbows and ankles. The rest of the tan looks natural but these go orange and are so obviously fake-looking. How can I fix it? — Alison

The thing about fake tan is, it's great when it's great and bad when it's bad. But the good news is there are a few quick and easy tips for fixing up mistakes such as dark patches, which most likely occur on the dry areas of your body such as ankles, knees and elbows.

Fixing up

  • Soak a cotton bud in lemon juice and rub it over the area. The citric acid in the lemon juice acts as a natural exfoliator.
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  • Baking soda is another natural alternative. Massage it into damp skin, gently rubbing in circular motions.
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  • If it's around the jaw line or on the face that you've messed up, your best bet is an alcohol-free toner such as
    <product target="_blank" href="">Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner</product> ($10.99). Soak a cotton pad and gently wipe the area to lift off the tan.
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  • Use a tan remover product such as
    <product target="_blank" href="">St Tropez Self Tan Remover</product> ($24.95). This is especially effective if you've got tan on your palms during application. Simply rub a small amount between your hands and rinse off.
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  • Another great tan remover is Tuscan Tan Tan Removal Mitt ($20) which has two sides, one designed for complete exfoliation and removal and one designed to gently remove minor mistakes.

Preparation is key

  • The key to not making fake tan mistakes in the first place is preparation
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  • Exfoliate skin to create a smooth canvas for application (and remove any existing colour)
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  • Moisturise dry areas such as ankles, knees, elbows and feet with an oil-free moisturiser. I also pop moisturise over a scar I have on my arm to ensure the tan doesn't get "stuck" to the uneven tissue
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  • Using a tanning mitt to apply will help create an even application with minimal mistakes. Try
    <product target="_blank" href="">Ella Baché Great Tanningmitt</product> ($15).

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