Sunless Tanning Tips series: Part 6 - Removal

Welcome to Part 6 of my Sunless Tanning Tips series!

Sunless Tanning Tips Series: Part 6 - Removal - tips on removing  your sunless tan! Sixth part in a series of sunless tanning tips where you can "Learn how to Self-Tan Like A Pro"!

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You've picked out your sunless tanning products and tools, learned how to apply and maintain like a pro - but what do you do if you want to remove your tan? That's what I'm going to teach you today, and you don't even need to take notes!

I'll be completely honest with you. Some sunless tans are really easy to remove, and some take forever. Unfortunately, it's difficult to say which ones are which, because a lot has to do with your skin and the way your body chemistry reacts with the product.

In general, the longer the product has been on your skin, the easier it will be to remove.

If you have just exfoliated and applied your sunless tanner, and decide to remove it the next day - it's going to take some work, and probably won't come off completely. If it's been several days since you exfoliated and tanned, that tan is going to be a lot easier to remove, because the tanned skin on the surface is ready to exfoliate.

In general, if you're planning on applying more ST, you don't want to remove all of your "old" tan. You just want to lightly exfoliate your skin before reapplying. You can easily do this with nylon exfoliating gloves.

If your tan is looking funky, and you need to remove a bit more of the color, you can do a couple of things:
This will remove a lot more of the color, but probably not all of it. And remember: if you used the bar soap and are going to be reapplying ST, be sure to wash off again with non-moisturizing shower gel to remove the soap residue.

If you want to remove your tan completely, you're probably going to need to soak in the tub. Some people find that adding baby oil to the water, or applying it to their skin before getting in the tub, helps remove the tan. Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes, then use baking soda or the bar soap above on your nylon exfoliating gloves. You may have to repeat the process.

Caution #1: Please be careful getting in and out of the tub if you use baby oil - it will make the tub very slippery.
Caution #2: Please try to be gentle with your skin - you don't want to over exfoliate.

As I've mentioned before, one of my favorite products is Tampa Bay Tan Extraordinaire Airbrush Solution. I buy the "Bronze" (because it's lightly tinted) in 10%. For me, this product is great. It goes on nicely, gives me good color, and it comes off when I'm ready for it to come off. I never need more than my nylon exfoliating gloves and shower gel. It's the product by which I judge all other products. Unfortunately, I can't say that it would work the same for you, because everyone is different. But that's the type of product you want - one that works for you instead of making you work for it.

Do you have any tricks for safely removing a sunless tan?

Stay tuned for the final post in the Sunless Tanning series - Troubleshooting! 

Don't forget to check out the other posts in the series!


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