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The easiest guide on how to remove fake tan

The easiest guide on how to remove fake tan
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It's important to know how to remove fake tan, otherwise your skin can end up looking streaky and crocodile-like when you go to reapply. We have found the perfect fake tan removal routine, which effectively buffs away all tan and dead skin cells in 4 easy steps, ready for you to reapply and glow.

How to remove fake tan in 4 easy steps

  1. Use a self-tan remover
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Cleanse
  4. Moisturise

1. Use a self-tan remover

Self-tan removers are new to the market, but since they launched, we have wondered how we ever survived without them. Years of mixing lemon juice with sugar, and wincing as it comes into contact with the skin are now over, and we couldn't be more thankful.

Our favourite is the Bondi Sands Tan Eraser, which uses very unique technology to dissolve away streaky tans and orange crocodile skin. It works by exfoliating those pesky dead skin cells that the tan clings onto, and leaves you with an even base to reapply your favourite fake tan.

To use, apply the Self Tan Eraser all over the body. It comes out as a white foam that you just need to rub in, and we like to apply more around stubborn areas like the ankles and elbows. The formula only needs to be left on for a minimum of 5 minutes before rinsing away, but we like to give it 20, so that it washes away super easily.

  • Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser 200ml

    Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser 200ml

    4 Stars 14 Reviews

2. Exfoliate

After using the self-tan remover, it's time to exfoliate. This will not only help to buff away any remaining stubborn tan, but will prep your skin for an even application when you want to reapply[1].

There are lots of exfoliants to choose from, depending on your skin type and how "exfoliating" you like the product to be.

  • For a gentle scrub, choose the St. Tropez Tan Optimiser Body Polish, which helps to buff away dead skin cells and tan without feeling harsh on the skin.
  • For an exfoliating feel, we love the Scrub Love Avocado and Aloe Body Scrub. It contains charcoal and kaolin clay to gently exfoliate away all the dead skin cells and pollutants on your skin, while aloe vera nourishes and rehydrates.
  • St.Tropez Tan Body Polish and Exfoliator 200ml

    St.Tropez Tan Body Polish and Exfoliator 200ml

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  • Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub - Avocado & Aloe Vera

    Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub - Avocado & Aloe Vera

    5 Stars 1 Reviews

3. Cleanse

After you have removed all of your fake tan, it's time to gently cleanse the skin and get it ready for a whole lot of moisture.

Our favourite body wash at the moment is the ESPA Fitness Shower Oil, as it contains a blend of uplifting essential oils like clove and lavender to energise and invigorate. In addition, coconut oil helps to seriously soften the skin, ready for an even layer of tan.

  • ESPA Fitness Shower Oil 250ml

    ESPA Fitness Shower Oil 250ml


4. Moisturise

Moisturise at least 24 hours before reapplying your fake tan. This will ensure that all the hydration has effectively sunk into the skin, and won't react with the tan.

We love the UTAN and Tone Blending Crème, which has been specially designed for use before fake tan application. It's great to use all over the body, but can also be used as a targeted treatment on tricky areas like the knees, elbows and hands.

If, after applying your fake tan you notice that you have missed certain areas, then you can apply this cream to blend and blur any mistakes.

  • utan Blending Crème 100ml

    utan Blending Crème 100ml

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