I’ve made a huge mistake. I bought a sunless tanner that was on clearance. Turns out it was on clearance for a reason! Plus, I put it on in a rush rather than taking my time to do it right. I know better. I am ORANGE and streaky and I have to do something about this mess. Naturally, I took to Pinterest to see what at-home remedies there are to fix a streaky sunless tan.
1. Baking Soda
Most instructions tell you to use baking soda on a damp sponge or loofah. I tried that and it just ended up with irritated skin. Dump the baking soda straight on wet skin and scrub it around until you reach your desired effect.
Results: It was okay. If you only had a small area that only needed a little touch up, try out a baking soda scrub. But for more serious streaks, this probably isn’t the best method for you.
2. Exfoliating Scrub
I used an apricot scrub (pretty gritty) and scrubbed it into the very orange palms of my hands (I forgot to wash them after applying tanner!).
Results: It worked! It may take some serious scrubbing, which can lead to irritated red skin, but it will definitely help even out a splotchy, orange tan.
I used my regular toothpaste and rubbed it onto dry, very orange ankles. Rinse with warm water, and repeat until you reach your desired effect.
Results: I was skeptical, but this worked awesome! With very little effort and no irritation it quickly rubbed away my orange tan. Be careful with this one because with only about 30 seconds of rubbing it around, almost all the tanner was removed. If you want all your tanner off, go for tooth paste!
You may have heard people suggest using Witch Hazel to help remove your streaky sunless tan, but I didn’t have any on hand so I used my regular astringent that I had on hand, applied with a cotton ball.
Results: This worked great! My cotton ball was completely brown with sunless tanner with very little effort. I would definitely try this method if you have serious streaks to deal with. Take it slow. Be careful not to remove too much tan so you don’t get more streaky.
Cut a lemon in half and rub it onto the effected areas.
Results: It stings! It was definitely effective in removing the streaky tan from my feet, but it stung! I’m not sure it was anymore effective than tooth paste, or astringent and those methods didn’t hurt.