You want to remove your fake tan, but aren’t sure how to do it without aggressively scrubbing your skin and causing irritation. Does this situation sound familiar? Don't panic, to solve all of your tan removal troubles, we’ve created the ultimate guide on how to remove fake tan gently and effectively with just 2 convenient products.
This is a must read whether you want to remove an old, patchy tan or simply want to cleanse your skin before applying a fresh tan.
If you have ended up with a patchy tan, firstly you mustn’t have tanned with our patch-free Self Tanning Foam, and secondly, don’t worry because we have the solution anyway!
In this ultimate guide on fake tan removal, we will cover some FAQ we get around the fake tan removal process. These include:
- How do I avoid a patchy fake tan?
- What are the best products to remove fake tan?
- What is the best way to remove fake tan?
- How do I remove fake tan from my face?
- How do I remove fake tan from my hands and fingers?
- How do I remove fake tan without causing skin irritation?
How do I avoid a patchy fake tan?
To avoid ending up with a patchy, unappealing fake tan that you find yourself wanting to desperately scrub off, we recommend using our Self Tanning Foam- available in medium tan, dark tan and ultra dark tan to suit every skin type.
It has been created with a blend of premium active ingredients to ensure a seamless tan every time and an even, gradual fade. Pair this with our Luxe Tanning Mitt to ensure your tan is beautifully blended onto skin.
Also ensure that you follow this pre-tan protocol to achieve an optimal, patch-free tan result.
Exfoliate the day before your tan and only use a moisturizer that is FREE from oils, perfume, harsh chemicals (anything you can’t pronounce).
Shave 24 hours before your tan application or spray tan. This gives the pores time to seal over and avoids any guide colour sitting in the pores.
Rinse with lukewarm water before applying tan without using any soaps and pat down your body when drying afterwards. Avoid any rough scrubbing.
- Don’t apply any moisturisers or body oils before tanning. You can apply a small amount of chemical-free moisturiser to dry areas you don’t want tan to stick to like your elbows, knees, wrists, ankles, hands and feet.
What are the best products to remove fake tan?
By far the highest quality self tan remover on the market, our Professional Strength Tan Remover has been engineered with the perfect balance of necessary activities to provide an optimal result, while staying true to our core values of natural, organic, sustainably sourced ingredients.
Pair this with our natural, sustainably sourced Sisal & Bamboo Exfoliating Mitt that is perfect for sensitive skin.
What is the best way to remove fake tan?
How to do it, what to use, how long for? Use this step-by-step process to remove fake tan completely.
- Ensure your skin is dry.
- Pump Professional Strength Tan Remover onto our Sisal + Bamboo Exfoliating Mitt and apply generously to dry skin in a gentle circular motion.
- Leave on the skin for 5 minutes
- Wipe off with a wet face cloth (for more stubborn tan, repeat the above steps)
- Shower with warm water and moisturise afterwards
- For best results, wait 24-48 hours before reapplying a new layer of tan
Note that the best results are seen from tans that are 3+ days old. The same removal process applies for all fake tan shades (Medium, Dark and Ultra Dark).
How do I remove fake tan from my face?
You will find that generally fake tan applied to your face will naturally fade faster than your body, due to factors such as applying makeup over the top and the fact that we tend to exfoliate our faces more frequently.
However, if you’re stuck with fake tan on your face that you wish to remove, simply follow the above steps listed under ‘what is the best way to remove fake tan’. Note that given your face is a delicate area, you want to avoid going too hard with your exfoliation.
Our Tan Remover is perfectly safe to use on your face, containing hydrating and nourishing active ingredients to soothe skin afterwards. Our Exfoliating Mitt is gentle on skin and also suitable for your face. However if you do find this too rough on your face, you can substitute for a face washer.
How do I remove fake tan from my hands and fingers?
There’s nothing worse than ‘tan hands’ after applying a fake tan without using an application mitt.
To avoid this occurring, you should always use a glove or mitt when applying tan to protect your hands from ending up with horrible tan patches. Use our plush Luxe Tanning Mitt for an optimal fake tan application.
If you have ended up with tan hands, or with a patchy build up from not evenly applying tan around your hands and fingers- don’t panic as it will come off.
Follow the above steps listed under ‘what is the best way to remove fake tan’, however, you may need to repeat these steps 2-3 times given the dry and stubborn nature of your hands and fingers. You also want to ensure you use the Sisal + Bamboo Exfoliating Mitt in between your fingers and on knuckles where a tan build up can occur.
How do I remove fake tan without causing skin irritation?
Ensure you use products specifically designed for tan removal and not something that is going to be harsh and potentially dangerous for your skin. We’ve heard of people using Jiff and a scourer to remove their tan- which is a recipe for disaster and irritated skin!
Our safe and effective Professional Strength Tan Remover has been created with organic & sustainably sourced actives like Kakadu Plum, Aloe Vera & Coconut water. These ingredients have been blended to achieve an optimal result (removing old tan completely) while maintaining the health and hydration of your skin.
Similarly, our Sisal + Bamboo Exfoliating Mitt works to exfoliate skin effectively but also gently. It’s made with premium, organic Sisal and Bamboo so your skin is in good hands.
After you’ve removed your fake tan, apply a high quality moisturizer to keep your skin well nourished and hydrated.