How To Get Tanning Lotion Off

What does bronzer do? Give yourself a fabulous glow! How do you get it off? Well, that’s another thing…

Applying tanning lotion – especially a little bit of bronzing tanning lotion – is a fantastic, quick and easy way to enhance your look, but we all know how hard it is to get tanning lotion off. It can be messy, time consuming and such a hassle. However, the good news is that you don’t have to be an absolute pro to know how to remove tanning lotion off in the best way without leaving tanning stains, streaks or patches.

Here are some tips on how to get tanning lotion off.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

When it comes to removing tanning lotion, the key element to remember is exfoliation. By exfoliating your skin, you can buff away the skin cells and gradually remove the tan without waiting for it to naturally fade. Plus, exfoliating the skin helps to make it smooth. You can buff away using exfoliating gloves and use exfoliating scrubs, like the Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Cranberry and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub (Check Price on Amazon). In fact, using sugar-based exfoliating scrubs work best because they help to even out the tone of your skin.

Oil up

You can speed up the process of the tan fading away by applying baby oil. Yes, baby oil! Apply baby oil on the skin, let in sink in for at least 10 to 15 minutes, wipe off with an old towell, then rinse off. Be careful when doing this, so that you don’t slip or fall. Johnson’s Baby Oil (Check Price on Amazon) is the go-to skin staple and it’s an oil you can use it as part of the ‘fading tan lotion’ process.

Use lemon

Popsugar.co.uk suggests using lemon as an effective way of removing tanning lotion. Cut up a fresh lemon, squeeze a few drops onto a cotton wool or cotton pad, then rub in circular motions all over your body. You can also mix the fresh lemon juice with baking soda and rub over the skin with cotton wool.

Buy removal lotion

Many drug stores, pharmacies and supermarkets sell sunless tanner removal products to help you get tanning lotion off. According to WikiHow, products – such as the Tanwise Tan Remover (Check Price on Amazon) – work effectively if you apply all over the body, leave on for the required amount of time – i.e. 5-10 minutes and wash off in the shower.

Use hair remover cream

Using hair remover cream – such as the Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream Sensitive Formula (Check Price on Amazon) – may seem like a little bit of a strange solution, but it does work! Get a cotton ball, apply hair remover cream and rub over the body, then keep on for half of the required time. For example, if you normally use hair remover cream to remove hairs and you’re expected to keep it on for six minutes, then keep on for three minutes to remove the tanning lotion. Keeping hair remover cream on for too long is not a good idea anyway, and it can leave a white streak.

Dab on whitening toothpaste

Once again, this seems like another weird solution by WikiHow, but it does work. Whitening toothpaste works to remove stains from your teeth, so why not try it to remove patches and streaks from using tanning lotion? Dab on a little bit of whitening toothpaste on areas of your skin that you want to smooth out, then wash away.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Just as it is important to exfoliate, moisturizing is just as important and it’s a vital part of any skincare regimen. If you’re skin looks streaky after applying tanning lotion then it’s likely that you have dry skin, and dry skin makes streaks and splotches much more prevalent. If you moisturize your skin daily – which is the minimum requirement – then you’re less likely to have suntan lotion patches and moisturizer prevents your skin from holding too much tanning lotion product, meaning that it is much easier to get off your skin or fade quickly. We suggest using St. Ives Moisturizer (Check Price on Amazon), which contains collagen and elastin and helps to keep your skin nourished and looking youthful.

Use Hair Lighteners

Yes, you read that right. Olivia Newman-Young – a London-based makeup artist and Made In Chelsea star – has a YouTube channel where she showcases her beauty tips and tricks, and she says that using hair lighteners can help to remove fake tanning lotion in 10 minutes. She says that she’s had some fake tan disasters in her time but using body hair lighteners for the face – which she purchases from her local drugstore – does the trick. Apply hair lighteners – which you can purchase from drugstores and pharmacies – on the affected areas, leave on for 10 minutes maximum, remove with a baby wipe or cleansing wipe, moisturize and then you’re good to go.

Getting tanning lotion off doesn’t need to be so much of a hassle and it doesn’t need to be time-consuming, as long as you follow these important hints, tips and tricks. The key steps to remember is that exfoliating and moisturizing your body are important techniques for skin care, maintaining the smooth tone of the self tanning lotion and getting tanning lotion off and/or letting it naturally fade. Other tips – such as using hair lighteners, tanner remover, whitening toothpaste, lemon juice and baby – also help. It just goes to show how getting tanning lotion off is a simple process and can be done in a number of ways without having to spend so much money.

Do you have issues getting tanning lotion off? Do you have any special tips for getting tanning lotion off? Do you have any other questions? Let us know in the comment section below?

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