Say bye-bye to blotchy self-tan with our guide to the best removing products – from sprays to bath bombs
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Whether you’re looking to remove your fake tan completely to start afresh or erase any little streaks (they happen to the best of us) we’re happy to report there’s a whole host of products out there that make light working of removing self-tan.
We've all been guilty of going at our knees and elbows with exfoliating mitts until they were red raw in the hope of banishing patchy tan, but these creams, mist and bubble baths and even a bath bomb (yes!) make it easier to go back to a blank canvas and to get rid of brown palms if you apply without a mitt.
How does self-tan remover work?
If you look on the ingredients list of fake tan remover you’ll see many of them include oils as this breaks down the DHA (the tanning colour element) in tanning fluid. At the same time, most of the products do require you to use an exfoliating mitt as well as the product to really help wave goodbye to your tan and loosen the skin cells holding onto the DHA – a combination of oils and manual exfoliation seems a winner.
Some products also include glycolic acid as this removes dead cells from the skin to reveal fresh (tan free) skin below.
The celebrity-approved one
St.Tropez Tan Remover Mousse, £11.60
Loved by model Ashley Graham , St Tropez's tan remover makes light work of tan removing. Just pump onto your skin, rub any stubborn areas with an exfoliator mitten, leave for five minutes and then shower off. Not only is your skin a blank canvas, it's also smooth and exfoliated for your next tan application. It includes cotton extract and probiotics to make it kind to sensitive skin and is one of the quickest fixes we're tried for banishing leftover tan.