Do you want to kill a faux tan? Guaranteed ways you haven't heard of to remove a fake tan.

Heidi Reid

Posted on April 12 2015

Do you want to kill a faux tan?  Come on let's go and play...  Except, a fake tan that needs fast removal doesn't quite sound like a fairytale of fun you'll want to sing like Kristen Anderson-lopez about.  Here's some sure ways to get your unwanted self tan off and a must read before you start scrubbing your skin raw.

I'm going to give you the information, but first it's important to know one thing - ANY fake tan is only going to stay put as long as the skin cells applied do.  It's also important you follow these steps - in order to gain maximum results.

1) Run a bath 

Tan removal works best on really moist skin.  Too often girls will jump in the shower and start scrubbing furiously.  No, slow and steady wins the race.  We need to romance our tans into removal, and the best way to start is with a long as hot as you can handle bath.  I like to add epsom salt to my bath.  

Epsom salt isn't actually salt - funny that.  It's actually a naturally occurring compound of magnesium and sulfate.  There is a lot of evidence for and against with people asking do epsom salts work.  I believe they are useful for tan removal because they help to soften the skin to make it easier to dislodge from the body.  They also have the added benefits of drawing out blackheads and reducing any foot odor - not that any of us have any of those :) Whether the magnesium helps to relax muscles I don't know, but I always feel fabulous after a long epsom salt bath.  

Now's the time you can also add the soapy, bubbling sweet smelling product that creates a wonderful lather and foam that we tell you to avoid when you want to keep your tan on.   Why?  Because the bubbly lathery indulgent feeling product will contain the tan stripping ingredient Sodium Laureth Sulphate or Sodium Laurel Sulphate.  

SLS is a detergent and surfuctant which essentially means that it breaks surface tension and separates molecules in order to allow better interaction between the product and your hair. This in turn creates a lather which makes products such as shampoo and toothpaste more effective cleaners. So effective and so inexpensive is Sodium Laurel Sulfate that it’s found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. (Source: amd that's exactly what it's doing - degreasing and cleaning your skin - and removing your tan.  So soak away.

2) Tools of the trade 

While the tan removal mitt is a great addition to your tan removal arterial a well soaked body and a face cloth do the trick too.  If you skin has been soaking long enough, you should be able to wring out a face cloth, and literally rub back your tan without too much pressure. 

3) New kid on the block 

The Exfolimate is the newest innovation in skin exfoliation.  I've been trialing this little beauty on my face and body for the past few months.  The results are definitely blog-worthy, hence the inclusion as my top pick for tan removal.  I was a bit nervous when I opened my exfoliate because it looked like I was about to take to my body and face with a razor.  But the exfolimate is actually a smooth feeling edge with unseen laser microgrooves that clear pores, remove tan, stimulate blood flow and soften your skin.  My skin feels so clean after using this.

Below is a video for how to use the Exfolimate.  If you'd like to get one, pop over here and grab yours now.  You'll get 12 months out of this beauty product, so nab yourself one today.


 Do you have any other fake tan removal tools?  

We'd appreciate you sharing this post to help rid the world of fake tan fails.  Please leave a comment below too. x


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