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The easiest guide on how to remove fake tan

The easiest guide on how to remove fake tan
Team LF
Writer and expert6 months ago
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Although faking a golden glow can be great, it's important to know how to remove fake tan, otherwise your skin can end up looking streaky when you go to reapply. To help your tan look fresh every time, we've curated 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 relatively new in the beauty world and since they made an appearance, we've often wondered how we ever survived without them.

Our favourite is the Bondi Sands Tan Eraser, which uses unique technology to dissolve away streaky tans in an instant. 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 your 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 you can leave it on for upto 20, so that it washes away super easily.

  • Tanologist Tan Eraser 200ml

    Tanologist Tan Eraser 200ml

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  • Fake Bake Tan Corrector & Eraser 200ml

    Fake Bake Tan Corrector & Eraser 200ml

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  • Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser 200ml

    Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser 200ml

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    £11.99

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.

There are lots of exfoliants to choose from, depending on your skin type and how subtle 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 deep exfoliation, we love the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Not only does it smell delicious but it also contains Sea Salt and Robusta Coffee Beans to help smooth and restore soft skin.
  • St.Tropez Tan Body Polish and Exfoliator 200ml

    St.Tropez Tan Body Polish and Exfoliator 200ml

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    £9.00
  • Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub 200g

    Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub 200g

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    £9.07
  • ESPA Exfoliating Body Polish Jar 180ml

    ESPA Exfoliating Body Polish Jar 180ml

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3. Cleanse

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

We love 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

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    £34.00
  • Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Gel 500ml

    Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Gel 500ml

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    £33.00
  • Revolution Skincare Body AHA (Smoothing) Body Cleanser

    Revolution Skincare Body AHA (Smoothing) Body Cleanser

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4. Moisturise

We recommend moisturising 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 Bondi Sands Body Moisturiser 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.

  • Bondi Sands Body Moisturiser - Coconut 500ml

    Bondi Sands Body Moisturiser - Coconut 500ml

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  • Aveeno Daily Moisturising Yogurt Body Cream Vanilla & Oat Scent 300ml

    Aveeno Daily Moisturising Yogurt Body Cream Vanilla & Oat Scent 300ml

    5 Stars 2 Reviews
    £7.35
  • CeraVe Moisturising Cream Pot with Ceramides for Dry to Very Dry Skin 454g

    CeraVe Moisturising Cream Pot with Ceramides for Dry to Very Dry Skin 454g

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