How to Fix a Bad Fake Tan

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I'm the kind of girl who flips over simple DIY beauty tricks. I don't know what it is but I just loooove to embrace my inner DIY diva.

Maybe it's the money saving aspect, or maybe I just love being able to control what goes onto my skin or into my body, but regardless, I just can't get enough!

That's why when I discovered these two simple and easy ways to fix a fake tan gone wrong, I just had to share them!

So what do you do if your faux-glow comes off looking a little too orange or has some nasty streaks happening?

Simple. You hit the kitchen.

Aw Sugar Sugar

What makes this quick fake-tan-fix so useful is not only does it cost pennies per treatment, but it is a safe and natural alternative to lathering your body with chemical laden products that may strip away more than just that horrendous hue.

All you have to do is mix up:

  • 1 cup of raw sugar
  • 3/4 cup of fresh lemon juice

That's it! Simple, right?

Now it is important that you use fresh lemon juice and not the lemon juice you can buy in a bottle, as sometimes the lemon juice we buy in a bottle can contain additives, preservatives, and unwanted chemicals.

Once you have stirred your mixture, apply your coarse sugar scrub to your body and rub it in gently for a few minutes, letting it sit on your skin for up to five minutes before rinsing off with cool water.

If you find this doesn't remove your botched fake tan, just simply repeat the scrub.

However, if you have sensitive skin and think this might be a bit too abrasive on your skin, consider something softer.

Baking Soda

It may not be as sweet and tasty as your lemon sugar mix, but it is an exfoliator that is gentle enough on sensitive skin yet still tough enough to get the job done.

In a small bowl just simply mix equal parts baking soda with lemon juice and stir it until you have a paste that is easily spreadable, but won't just run off your skin.

Once you have applied the paste to your skin, gently rub it in for up to five minutes before wiping off with a warm, damp cloth.

Because the baking soda is less abrasive than the sugar scrub it may take you a few applications to completely remove your fake tan, but rest assured, it should work.

Now you no longer have a reason to be strutting around with a streaky, orange faux-glow this fall. Not that you should have had a reason before this.

And just like that you have two natural tricks for fading your fake-bake. It's like the delete button for fake tans! Genius, I know.


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