Everyone knows tanning out in the sun or in tanning beds can do disastrous things to your skin. But in order to not be pale, many people would rather risk damaging their skin than risk a streaky orange fake tan, no matter how much healthier it is.
However, there is no reason you can't successfully apply a great looking self-tan at home. All it takes is a little practice applying the tanner, and knowledge of how to fix any imperfections.
If your fake tan gets streaky, you don't have to just be embarrassed and wait for it to fade. Fixing a streaky self-tan is easier than you think. The most important thing you can do is take your time applying the tanner and try to get as even a coat as possible. The fewer streaks you need to fix the better. If you combine the self tanner with your favorite moisturizer it is usually easier to apply, plus is good for your skin.
Even after you have carefully applied your tanner, you still might end up with some unwelcome streaks. To fix them, soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and wipe it over the streaks to pretty much erase them. The citric acid found in lemon juice is a natural skin exfoliater and lightener.
If you don't have lemon juice, you can also use baking soda for the same effect. Massage the baking soda into your damp skin in small circles. This should lighten or erase the self tanner.
If the streaks are on your face, you can try using an alcohol free toner or makeup remover to lighten them and make them less noticeable.
If the bottoms of your feet and hands have turned orangey, use body hair bleach to get rid of the hue. For ankles and elbows, use a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide and wipe the self tanner right off.
If none of the above techniques are working well enough for you and there are still signs of streaking, you can also try soaking in the tub and gently exfoliating.
For all of these techniques, you should first test them on a small patch of skin to make sure they aren't going to irritate your skin. A streaky tan is always better than an itchy rash.
If even after all this you still have streaks that won't go away, remember that self-tans don't last forever. And the more you shower the faster they will fade.
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