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. But, how can you rectify them quickly? We called in the help of two tanning experts, celebrity tanning artist Amanda Harrington and Tan-Luxe’s founder, Marc Elrick, to discover their insider tips…
How Can I Tone Down My Fake Tan?
A warm, oily bath can work wondered on an over-baked self-tan. “It is particularly great for those whose tan has developed a bit darker than they’d 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 Fake Tan Streaks Or Patches?
If your tan looks streaky or is fading in patches, you should enlist the help of a good exfoliator. Marc recommends using a chemical exfoliator as opposed to a physical exfoliator. “They’re much gentler on the skin and are so easy to use,” he says. “I swear by our Glyco Water 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.
How Can I Ease Fake Tan Patches On My Face?
Amanda also swears by glycolic acid for patchy tans that need a quick fix. “For the face, I love our New Skin Advanced Glycolic Facial Pads 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 Next Time?
Now that you’ve solved your tanning disaster, here are a handful of helpful expert tips to prevent any future ones…
Tip 1: 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.”
Tip 2: 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.
Tip 3: 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 Tan-Luxe’s new Super Glow Body Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum as it’s packed with hyaluronic acids and superfoods to boost moisture levels. The colour is also really natural.
Tip 4: 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 Janerio’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream thanks to it’s hydrating blend of cupuaçu butter, coconut oil and açaí oil. For the face, try Murad’s Nutrient-Charged Water Gel for a lightweight hydration hit that instantly locks in moisture.