If you've ever gotten a spray tan, you know that in the crucial hour or two following application, you basically can't touch anything or anyone lest you cause smudges or streaks. (And if you're any bit as klutz-tastic as I am, you avoid spray tans for this reason.) But it turns out it's just as essential to step into an emotional vacuum as well. Popsugar just shared the harrowing tale of one woman who learned what happens when you cry after a spray tan the hard way and ended up looking like this:
Even purse or shoe straps can cause discoloration, but water is particularly deadly to a spray tan. (Apparently most formulas are descended from the Wicked Witch of the West?) So barring emergency circumstances, perhaps try to refrain from watching P.S. I Love You until after the recommended eight to 12 hours it takes for a spray tan to set. After that, sob away.
Then again, if the tears do fall, you don't have to wear the evidence on your face forever. The best way to get rid of any streaks or smudges is to exfoliate the color away, preferably with a formula that has citrus-based ingredients (since those acids help lift the pigment). If you want to go the DIY route, mix sugar and lemon juice and scrub in small, circular motions until the color evens out.
That's not all the faux-glow advice we have! Bet you haven't heard of these nine self-tanning hacks…