5 Easy Fixes for All Your Self-Tanning Nightmares

5 Easy Fixes for All Your Self-Tanning Nightmares

Sometimes, even when you follow all the rules and employ every trick in the book, you’ll still end up with a less-than-perfect faux glow. But before you resign yourself to Oompa Loompa status for good, know this: there is a cure—five cures, in fact.


Click through the slideshow above for five easy fixes for all your self-tanning nightmares!

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    The first thing to do if you notice streaks and blotches? Exfoliate. An exfoliating body scrub, like Bliss’ Lemon and Sage Body Scrub ($36), will help buff away any oversaturated color. It’s also the first thing you should do before you apply sunless tanner if you want an even glow.

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    Baking Soda

    Mix together fresh lemon juice with a few tablespoon of baking soda until the mixture becomes a paste. Then, shower and use your DIY exfoliator to brighten any streaks or too-dark sections. Baking soda is the perfect gentle exfoliator, while lemon is naturally acidic and acts a super-gentle version of bleach to lighten unwanted color. 

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    Lemon Juice

    So you’re out of baking soda—a plain lemon will do. Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed end into a small amount of brown sugar (the perfect body exfoliator), and gently rub it over any zebra-like parts. Then, just rinse off and apply moisturizer as usual. 

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    Fill In The Gaps

    Sometimes, filling in the gaps is more effective than trying to remove the color. In this case, we recommend using a temporary instant self-tanner, like Clinique’s Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion ($23) or Clarins’ Self Tanning Instant Gel ($36), and adding instant color to any sections you may have missed.

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    If you’re prone to overdoing it on sunless tanner, keep a product specifically meant for fixing misshaps on hand, like St. Tropez’s Tan Remover ($18). One note—these work best when used as soon as possible after you notice streakiness, so don’t plan on a snooze sesh after applying your sunless tanner.

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