So You F*#$%^ Up Your Self Tanner: Here’s How To Fix It

Whether you’ve used it a billion times or it’s your first encounter – it’s easy to mess up self tanner. Maybe the foam left uneven streaking or you glided the tanning wipe one too many times, the first thing that usually happens is a state of panic. Before you freak out, take a deep breath because the best part about self tanner is that it’s not permanent.

Here are some easy ways to quickly fix your glow.

If streaks are your number one problem, it could be a result of not exfoliating enough or not evenly applying the formula. Find a sugar scrub or use your favorite exfoliator to even out the color. Just be sure not to over do it, or your skin will turn red and raw and you’ll have another added factor to the mess.

You thought putting a few layers of the lotion on was a good idea and would make you a total bronzed babe – but several hours later and you look like a total oompa loompa. The quickest and easiest fix is purchasing a Bronze Buffer. Simply wet the sponge and squeeze out the water, and watch it magically erase! If you’re a regular self tanner – we promise this can be your best friend.

When exfoliator isn’t an option and you need a quick fix, look in your household cabinet. Mixing baking soda with water or lemon juice instantly lightens your tan, lifts the color and evens it out. This is especially great on your hands, knees and elbows.


While putting baby oil on before you hit the sun is a terrible idea, using it to make your tan look real and flawless is the perfect move. Apply on your body or face in the affected area, and let rest for 15 minutes. Next, jump in the shower and watch your mistakes run down the drain.