Fix fake tan blunders

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A good tan is the perfect accessory for any event – as it can make you look healthier and more radiant. Unless you have the luxury of being a natural English rose, it’s likely you’ve experimented with a faux glow in the past.

Luckily, you don’t have to resort to sunbeds to get a tan, as there are numerous products on the market to help you achieve a post-holiday appearance.

But while there are new products hitting the shelves every day, things can still go wrong – resulting in orange palms or streaky skin. Traditionally, fixing such a blunder could see you in the bath covered in lemon juice, or ferociously scrubbing yourself with a sea salt mixture. However, there are now a host of products that enable you to return to a normal shade without resorting to such drastic measures.

One of the most effective products is tan guru St. Tropez’s Tan Remover Mitt. Like a glove, this is worn over the hand and can be used to buff away any tan build-up, ensuring an even surface for any further fake tan application.

“Run a bath and fill it with a bath oil and soak your skin – the oil will soften the tan. Take St. Tropez Tan Build Up Remover Mitt and work in circular motions around your body to encourage the tan to fade,” Jules Heptonstall, St. Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert, told Cover Media.

“Or go swimming – the chlorine will break down the tan, again take those exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions in the showers afterwards. Steam rooms and saunas also soften the tan too.”

Another option is Superdrug’s Sunkissed Exfoliating Self Tan Remover, which contains fruit AHAs to help get rid of any streaky tans. Or, Sienna X’s celebrity tan ambassador James Harknett advises that the brand’s Polishing Body Scrub is a perfect exfoliator.

“A quick fix solution to remove unwanted tan lines would be to first fade down the natural color,” James told Cover Media. “Body brushing is a gentle alternative to a harsh body scrub, I recommend using the Sienna X Polishing Body Scrub for quick and easy exfoliation that is kind to the skin.”

Of course to avoid any fake tan mistakes, there are several steps you can do before applying your tan lotion of choice to prevent unsightly streaks. St. Tropez’s Jules lists them for Cover:

1. Make sure you’ve exfoliated your skin 24 hours prior to application

2. Ensure you’ve completed any hair removal 24 hours prior to application

3. Have you moisturized dry areas directly before application – hands, elbows, knees and feet (and eyebrows and hairline if fair haired)?

4. Have you got an applicator mitt to hand?

5. After application make sure your palms, nails and between fingers are wiped to remove residue tan.

Follow these simple steps and you’re unlikely to make any mistakes. But if you do have a slip up, don’t despair – you can fix it!

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