Expert Hacks For Fixing Fake Tan Disasters

Expert Hacks For Fixing Fake Tan Disasters

Even the most experienced tanners will have been victim to a disaster. From stained palms to tell-tale streaks, or a tan that’s three shades darker than expected, we’ve all been there. How can you fix them quickly? We called in the help of two self-tanning experts, celebrity tanning artist Amanda Harrington and Tan-Luxe’s founder, Marc Elrick, for advice…

How Can I Tone Down My Fake Tan?

A warm, oily bath can work wonders on an over-baked self-tan. “It is particularly great if your tan has developed a bit darker than you had hoped,” says Amanda Harrington. The oil helps to break down the colour ingredient commonly found in fake tanning products. Your bronzed glow should be much softer after a long soak. “Once you’re out of the bath, brush the skin upwards with an old towel as this will lift the top layer,” advises Amanda. “You can repeat the next day if necessary, too.” Be sure to follow this with a good moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated and prevent any patchiness.

How Can I Get Rid Of A Streaky Tan?

If your tan looks streaky or is fading in patches, you should enlist the help of a good exfoliator. Marc Elrick recommends using a chemical exfoliator as opposed to a physical exfoliator. “They’re gentler on the skin and easy to use,” he says. “I swear by Tan-Luxe Glyco Water Exfoliating Tan Remover & Primer, £22.00 as it’s packed with glycolic acid, which helps to slough away fake tan.” Marc recommends misting the formula directly onto the skin before jumping in the shower. “It’s also great for removing remnants of old tan and priming your skin for a fresh application,” he adds.

Amanda also swears by glycolic acid if you need a quick fix. “For the face, I love our Amanda Harrington New Skin Advanced Glycolic Facial Pads, £18.00 as they help to strip your tan without harming your skin,” she says. Wipe over cleansed skin before following with your usual moisturiser. These aren’t just for disasters though. You can use the pads two-to-three times a week to maintain your existing glow or to prep your skin.

How Can I Prevent Fake Tan Disasters?

Now that you’ve solved your tanning disaster, here are a handful of helpful expert tips to prevent any future ones…

Always Exfoliate: All of the above disasters can be prevented with better preparation. “Exfoliating the area first will remove any dead skin cells and help create a softer, smoother base,” says Amanda. “It also helps your tan to blend and absorb more evenly, so there won’t be any patches.”

Consider Your Application Method: You’re probably used to a mitt or glove, but have you tried a brush? Amanda dubs this as the perfect tool for a streak-free result and we have to agree. It makes the product super easy to apply and ensures you can blend seamlessly. You won’t need to worry about orange-stained palms either.

Find The Right Fake Tan For You: Whether you prefer self-tanning creams, mousses or sprays, it’s key to find the formula that works best for you. We’d also recommend opting for a tanning product that also helps to hydrate as this will prevent a patchy-looking tan. We love Isle of Paradise Glow Clear Self-Tanning Mousse, £19.95 as it’s packed with avocado, chia seed and coconut oils, to help hydrate the skin for a streak-free and natural-looking colour.

Don’t Forget To Moisturise: One of the best things you can do to prevent your tan from fading in patches is to keep your skin well moisturised. Our summer staple is Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream, £18.00 thanks to its hydrating formula of cupuaçu butter. Oh and you’ll love the scent too.

Posted: Monday, 06 July 2020