When summer hits, you want to be that hot chick on the beach and get a head start on that nice, tan body. Or maybe you wanted to get rid of some funky tan lines to wear that awesome prom dress. Whatever the case, it always feels good to have a nice tan, but we all know that all good things must come to an end.
Whether your spray tan was only for a special occasion, it was botched, or it’s beginning to become a bit spotty, it may be time to remove it. If you are trying to figure out how to remove a spray tan, there are a few effective methods that we will mention here.
Sure, you can buy products from the store to do the job, but why leave your house if you don’t have to? The best part about these methods for how to remove a spray tan is that all of the ingredients are more natural can be found around your home!
A few tips:
- Don’t forget your creases: Elbows, behind your knees, armpits, and the unmentionable areas (if you got it there).
- If you cannot reach your back too well, ask someone for help. You don’t want to look like a pancake that was just flipped!
- Have a friend inspect you for missed areas after your spray tan removal attempts.
Method one: Exfoliate!
You can use an exfoliating body wash if you have one, but if not, try mixing sea salt or raw sugar with honey and scrub down! This will not only help to remove that fading tan, but also leave your skin feeling silky smoothe. Use raw or Manuka honey if you have it, this is the best kind for your skin.
Also, try raw sugar and lemon juice if you do not have honey.
Method two: Make a paste.
And not just any paste, mix one part baking soda with one part lemon juice and mix it to form a paste, apply this to your skin and let it set for a few minutes, then wipe with a damp wash cloth. You will smell lemony fresh!
Method three: Baby oil.
That’s right, baby oil isn’t just for babies! Apply the baby oil to your skin and let it soak in for a while, about an hour, then once you are ready, get in the shower and use a loofah to help scrub that spray tan away.
Method four: Take a swim.
Okay, this one isn’t all that natural, but if you have a pool in your backyard that’s treated with chlorine, take a swim for a while and the chemicals in the pool will help to loosen the grip of that spray tan.
Method five: Hydrogen peroxide.
Dab some on your body and leave on for a few minutes, then scrub off. We recommend doing just one area at a time to avoid peroxide being left on too long in some areas as it can bleach your hair and make it fall out.
When it comes to removing a spray tan, avoiding harsh chemicals and over the counter products with mystery ingredients is in your best interest. Try all of the more natural methods first. If it doesn’t work the first time, repeat the method. Once you start to remove a spray tan, it’s not exactly a process you want to stop mid-way or you’ll look like a zebra that escaped the local zoo!