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The How-To Lounge: Fixing a Streaky Self-Tan

Now that summer is technically over, it's time to rely on your self tanning lotion to keep your summer glow alive. If you have trouble staying in the lines so to speak, here are some tips to fix your streaky tan lines. Click here to

  • Be proactive and try your hardest to apply your self tanner as evenly as possible
  • If you do have unwanted streaks, soak a cotton swab in lemon juice and literally erase your mistakes. The citric acid in the lemon juice acts as a natural skin lightener and exfoliater
  • Baking soda is another natural way to exfoliate and takes self tanner off skin to reveal your natural color underneath. Massage the baking soda into your damp skin and rub it in with gentle circles

  • If your face is streaky, try using an alcohol free toner or make up remover
  • For the bottom of your feet or hands, use body hair bleach and if you're trying to clean up your ankles or elbows, douse a cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide and wipe clean (test a small patch first to make sure it doesn't irritate your skin)
  • Soaking in the tub and gently exfoliating should also do the trick

Do any of you have other tricks that work for you? Remember, self-tans don't last forever so be patient and shower as much as possible!


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kitson1 kitson1 9 years
Well I have a tan year round and it always comes from a bottle. I vowed to stay away from the sun and tanning beds as much as possible when a close friend died of skin cancer at age 42--far too young. Thank you for encouraging others to go the fake route also. Oh, and Lancome Flash Bronze Shimmer Gel is the best on the planet hands down.
DarkRayne DarkRayne 9 years
Summer is over, why have a fake tan, what's wrong with normal color skin?
sofi sofi 9 years
I just read about the lemon juice and baking soda the other day. I guess if you combine your tanner with your moisturizer it goes on better. But what if your tanner is supposed to be a moisturizer as well? I give up easily with tanners and just embrace my pasty self!
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
No I have no tips and thats why I always look like the orange zebra. Thank you so much for these tips!
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