Beauty Faux Pas: How to Fix a Bad Fake Tan

Is there anything worse than slathering on some self-tanner only to find (the next day) that you’re personally responsible for transforming yourself into a human zebra? Discovering that your fake tan does in fact look incredibly fake–complete with streaks and smudges–is a modern day beauty disaster. And major disappointment. I’ll be the first to admit that it has happened to me on more than one occasion. So what’s a girl to do? Simple. Mix together freshly squeezed lemon juice with a few teaspoons of baking soda until the powder becomes a paste (not liquid). Then take a shower and exfoliate areas of extreme streakiness using the lemon-powder mixture until the unwanted tan disappears.

Baking soda is a fantastic exfoliate. It’s nonabrasive and leaves your skin feeling incredibly smooth. (Trust me, try using it on your face mixed with a few drops of water instead of lemon and you’ll never spend a fortune on expensive exfoliating scrubs again.) Lemon juice is naturally acidic and it acts like a mellow form of bleach; it works to remove unwanted color. When baking soda is mixed with lemon juice, the results are amazing.

The next time you find yourself with a less-than-stellar faux tan, turn to your fridge!

Have another Beauty Faux Pas dilemma? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to cover it in an upcoming post.

XO Lauren

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  • Suzanne Bucklew

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