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How to get fake tan off your hands

How to get fake tan off your hands
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Self tanning can feel like a complicated process, with many opportunities for error, but we're here to share the tanning tips and tricks you need to know. One of the most common tanning mistakes is orange hands, which can occur for several reasons. Discover the best ways to prevent this and our guide to getting fake tan off your hands quickly and effectively.

Why do hands get fake tan on them?

The preparation steps are important in the fake tan process, so if you skip these it will show. Not applying moisturiser before fake tan is one of the most common reasons for orange palms, along with applying too much tanning product. Fake tan on your hands can also be caused by blending the tan with your hands rather than a tanning applicator mitt. Even if you wash your hands afterwards, light staining is still likely to occur.

How can you prevent fake tan on hands?

Apply a Body Moisturiser before Tan

You should always apply a layer of moisturiser before the tanning product. This creates a barrier to prevent tan over-developing in dry areas and becoming patchy. If you haven't tried it already, you'll love the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, enriched with tropical ingredients such as Cupuaçu Butter.

Opt for a Tanning Mitt

Tanning mitts are the best way to apply tan, as they ensure a smooth and even application and won't stain your hands. The St Tropez Dual Sided Luxe Tan Applicator Mitt feels super soft on the skin and helps to create your ideal sunkissed glow. We love using this with the St Tropez Self Tan Purity Gel.

How can you remove fake tan quickly?

If your hands are already stained with tan, there are several methods to remove this quickly and effectively without disrupting the rest of your tan.

Exfoliating Mitt

Exfoliating mitts work by buffing away dead skin cells, smoothing out skin texture and removing excess tanning product. The Bondi Sands Dual Action Exfoliating Mitt has two sides to it, and works instantly to remove tan. The black side is designed to be be used in the shower -  to exfoliate before tanning or to remove tan. The blue side is slightly more abrasive, functioning as an exfoliator to remove tanning mistakes such as orange hands. Always be gentle on the skin when using an exfoliating mitt to prevent irritation.

Fake Tan Remover

One of the best products to happen to the tanning world, tan eraser is a useful product to keep in your beauty collection. The Tan-Luxe Glyco Water Self Tan Eraser Exfoliating Tan Remover and Primer works in just 5 minutes, helping to lightly lift away excess tan on your hands. There's no need to scrub your skin, it's pure magic.

Explore the full list of post-tan essentials you need to try, working to quickly correct tanning mistakes and enhance your sunkissed glow.

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