Natural tan created by your skin. Self tan is truly a great invention. For all of those favoring the tanned look, they might not have been gifted with by nature, then self tan created by your skin is easier, faster and more healthy than any alternative. Plus it releases time, mental ressources for other purposes – and makes you more energized and happy. We can continue the list of benefits of Boë, because it is long! But one of the most important things when using self tan, is to know how to remove your self tanner, so it looks as natural as possible.

It’s quick, easy, safe and works amazingly well at providing a natural-looking, beautiful tan.

But what happens when you make that inevitable mistake when applying it, and wake up the next day with a splotch here or a streak there? Your second thought might be; how do you remove self tanner?

Below, we’ll give you a few ideas on how to remove self tan.  

Exfoliate With A Body Scrub

This is probably the best method – and least harmful to your skin!  Simply how to wash off self tanner; you can use an exfoliator right in the shower. You simply apply soem to a washcloth or exfoliating mitt, and then use circular motions to scrub away the tanner.  Exfoliation is additionally the key to stunning skin and will create a youthful radiating appearance, as well as getting rid of any offensive streaks or spots.

Lemon Juice

Another idea on how to get rid of self tanner, is lemon juice. This method works OK for small blemishes like those on your hands or feet. Just dab your skin with a cotton ball or cotton pad that has been soaked in lemon juice. This is particularly useful when you have just a few spots of self tanner to lift away. You can buy small bottles of lemon juice at almost every grocery store.

White Vinegar

What can’t white vinegar do?  It can be used in cooking, cleaning and in your beauty regimen in a wide variety of ways. It’s awesome for so many purposes. It only costs a couple of bucks and you’ll find yourself using it all the time. With that said; if you need to remove self tanner, you should try rubbing vinegar on, letting it sit for 10 minutes or so and then rinsing it off with water. It actually is an idea for some situations, where you might ask yourself: how to get off self tanner?

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Baking Soda

This is pretty simple. Make yourself a body scrub of water and baking soda and get to work. This method is going to be exfoliating away the orange! We don’t think this is the best method, but we had to list it.

Baby Oil

This one’s for major mistakes where you need to reduce your color over a large area. How to remove sunless tanner and make it work? Lather up with some baby oil and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, this will dissolve the tanning effect and self tanner. Then hop in a hot bath to rinse away the self tanner. It will leave your skin soft and supple.

Baby Wipes

In how to take off self tanner; baby wipes works. Not all baby wipes work, but some do and they will smell more pleasant and be easier to use than, say, vinegar or nail polish remover. Only use these on very small areas. And don’t rub too hard or you’ll damage your skin.

Rubbing Alcohol or Acetone

These products can be harsh on your skin as well (so we’d only recommend them in a pinch).

Use these in the same way that you would use vinegar or baby oil. Rub it on, let it sit for a minute or two and then rinse it off. You can also put it on a tissue or cotton ball and gently rub the area that has the self tanner you want removed.


This is another one we wouldn’t recommend, but we’ve seen it a few places on the internet. Be sure and use whitening toothpaste if you’re going to go this route. Rub it on, let it sit and then rinse it and the self tanner away!

So there you have it…

Self tanners are awesome, but once in a while we all make mistakes when applying it.

This is a small price to pay for saving our skin from the dangers of the sun and wrinkling.

With these tips, you’ll be confident knowing you look tanned and fabulous, and can fix those little annoying spots and streaks we all get from time to time – quickly and easily!

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