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How to remove fake tan: tried and tested tricks from the experts

Whether it’s that one annoying streak on your elbow (that you know you could have exfoliated a whole lot better) or that the shade you thought would give you a sun-soaked glow is just that little bit too far down the Dulux terracotta chart, we’ve all had a fake tan disaster.

We’ve asked St Tropez’s tanning guru Jules Heptonstall to give us his top fake tan tips on how to remove fake tan. So, whether you’re in the midst of a tan-tastrophe (or a tan-over, as Jules calls it) or simply feel like trading in your high summer tint for a more pared down hue, we’ve got your fake tan removal problems covered. And it’s easy…

How to remove fake tan, according to the experts:

1. ‘Don’t panic scrub. You’ll end up taking the self tan off in patches and it’ll become a snowballing effect. Use a light body polish mixed with a 50p sized amount of bath or massage oil to encourage an even fade all over. It’s better to repeat this stage a few times all over than do one strong scrub in one place.’

2. ‘Run a bath and fill it with a bath oil and soak your skin – the oil will soften the tan. (I find Jo Loves bath oils are the best for this as they’re infused with so many citrus ingredients). Take the St. Tropez Tan Remover Mitt and work in circular motions around your body to encourage the tan to fade.’

3. ‘Go swimming. The chlorine will break down the tan. In the showers afterwards, take those exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions. Steam rooms and saunas will soften the tan, too.’

4. ‘The Bronze Buffer Sponge is your secret weapon for tan mistakes. Its woven microfibres strip the tan off when the sponge is run over the skin. Be warned, you have to be gentle with this.’

5. ”The old faithful combination of lemons and sugar mixed together will work to an extent but you really need a mitt or glove to get deeper.’

Failing all that, try these fake tan removal heroes…

St Tropez Tan Build-Up Remover Mitt, £6
Use on wet skin in circular motions to remove tanning mistakes or fake tan build up. A great exfoliator.

Tan-Go Self Tan Remover Cloth, £12.50
Wet this specially formulated polyamide cloth and scrub away fake tan build-up in the shower. Ideal for pre-tan prep or to remove dodgy fake tan streaks.

ModelCo Tan Remover Exfoliating Body Scrub, £12
This scrub can dissolve fake tan mistakes straight after application or can be handy for getting rid of stubborn old fake tan.

Whitetobrown Sunless Tan Removal Wipes, £10.29
Use these wipes on the palms of your hands and feet right after tanning to avoid unsightly stains.

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