Anna G. Larson, Published August 09 2012
Help for self-tanner oopsiesIt’s inevitable that you’ll get a streak or blotch from time to time (or maybe every time) when applying self-tanner.
I found a few remedies on the web that work well for unsightly spots:
- Wet a washcloth with white vinegar, and dab it onto blotches caused by tanning lotion. Wait several minutes, and rinse the vinegar off your skin. The vinegar should help lighten dark areas to even out the color. Apply carefully to prevent lightening the rest of your tan. Vinegar is stinky, so this is best done pre-shower.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it onto damp skin while in the shower for a gentle method of exfoliating. Baking soda will help lighten large blotches by gently removing the topmost layer of your skin
- Lemon wedges rubbed over splotchy areas dissolve excess color. Wipe away the lemon juice (and excess color) with a washcloth.
- Sunless tanner removers exist if you want to forego DIY methods. St. Tropez Tan Remover is sold through Sephora’s website and costs $18.
Sources: www.livestrong.com, www.sunless.com, www.marthastewart.com