Prevention is the key to getting an even , smooth looking tan but sometimes things just have a knack for going wrong. Here are some quick tips on fixing a self tan gone array.
-Body lotion: Yes, hydrated skin tans better but body lotion may contain mineral oils that prevent your spray or self tanner from developing correctly on your skin and make it turn blotchy. Hydrate your skin regularly a week before you smooth on your tanner but skip it the day of your tan. This goes for facial moisturizer too.
-Elbow/knee mistakes: Windex or Amonia sprinkled onto a paper towel, dish towel, or dish sponge and rubbed into the darkened areas will help the tan fade.
-Lemon: The acid in a lemon will actually remove self tanner from anywhere where you see streaking or running.
-If you find that your tan isn't soaking in properly, you probably forgot about the 'no body lotion' rule. Relax and try using a damp towel to get as much of the tanner off as you can. Shower and try again. Sometimes, the slight tan that you're left with may be sufficient enough for the day. Try adding another layer the day after that to reach your desired color.
-A foot file can be used to gently file away dark spots around heels. No body wants a dirty-looking foot on those gorgeous sandal summer days.
-Exfoliating in dark areas always helps remove self tanner.
-Baking soda will also help remove self tanner in areas that are streaking or splotchy.
-Keep an eye on your skin as your self tanner develops. chances are that any dark areas can be rubbed even before the tanner is completely dry. Remember to wash your hands immediately after touching up your self tan.
It may take some time to get the hang of self tanning. Be patient and follow the tips above if you make a mistake.