Applying a streak-free tan is one thing, as for how to remove your fake tan once it’s on its last legs? That’s a whole new struggle.
It’s officially bare-legs season. And with it may come the desire for a fresh, sun-kissed glow. But unless you possess ultra-steady hands or an immaculate eye for detail, fake-tanners will be all too familiar with the patchiness that plagues every decent tan at one point or another. Even those who stick to a pro glow (and leave their tans in the hands of the experts) will likely have noticed some areas fading faster than others, leaving a streaky trail behind.
The trick? If you know how to take care of your skin before and after tanning, you can keep your faux glow looking fresh all the way through.
We asked sunless tanning and skin finishing expert, Kimberley Nkosi, tanning pro and founder of Isle of Paradise, Jules Von Hep, and Michaella Bolder, St.Tropez Tanning & Skincare Expert, the tricks of the trade.
How to remove fake tan
“When it comes to removing sunless tan I always say that gradual is better,” says Nkosi. “Not only does it mean that we treat skin kindly, it also means we ensure a nice even fade and – hopefully – no tell-tale signs of ever having had a ‘fake tan’ in the first place. Instead you can maintain a slight summer glow that disappears gradually, leaving your skin looking super glossy and healthy.”
Jules Von Hep agrees: “The best way to remove a tan is to slowly but surely tease it off the skin over the course of 3 days following with the last day being a deep tan removal.”
He recommends using the Over It Glycolic Tan Remover on the final day. “To tease off the tan simply mix a spoon full of sugar in with your body wash, each time you wash a light layer of tan will come off giving a slow, gradual but even fade,” he adds.
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