How to Get Rid of a Streaky Fake Tan

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You've fake baked your way to what you thought was a gorgeous glow, but now your faux tan looks sad and streaky. Instead of hiding away in the caverns of your home or covering up with a head to toe frock, take charge of your fake tan mishap and get rid of it. While you might not fully clear your flub, you can turn your tiger-type skin into a smoother style with some strategic skin care.

Step 1

Start with a natural twist. Use a sliced lemon to lessen the look of dark mock tan lines. Cut the lemon in half or into wedge sections. Rub the lemon directly onto the area that you want to lighten. Rinse the excess lemon juice off of your skin before you get dressed to reduce the risk of getting your clothes stick or smelling sour.

Step 2

Steam your skin in a sauna or the shower. Turn on the hot water and let the steam for 20 minutes to open your pores and prime your streaky skin for exfoliation with a damp towel.

Step 3

Soak your skin in a baking soda bath to add extra exfoliation and lessen the look of the lines. Pour baking soda, add more for bigger baths and less for more shallow ones, into the tub along with the water. Stir the mix around. Get into the tub and soak your fake tan. Use a damp towel to begin exfoliation before you get out, or towel off and then move on to the next step while your skin is still damp.

Step 4

Scrub the area with a gentle body brush, use a commercially-made exfoliating scrub or make your own with chunky brown sugar, lime or lemon juice and olive oil. Spoon a few tablespoons of brown sugar into a bowl, squeeze in enough olive poi to make it spreadable and squirt in half of a lime or lemon. Mix the foods together, and spread them over the area that requires attention. Wipe the exfoliator away with a warm, wet towel.

Step 5

Spread a tan neutralizer over your skin. Follow the directions on the neutralizer product, wiping it onto the lines to fade the fake glow away.