A tan can make your skin look bronze and sexy, or it can be a bad tan that leaves your skin blotchy or uneven. Sunless tans can often appear orange or way too dark and undesirable. Whatever the reason for removing a tan, you should know that home remedies are available to help get rid of unsightly or unwanted tan jobs.
Removing a Sun or Indoor Bed Tan
A bad or uneven sun tan can be removed by taking a shower first. Use gentle soap to wash your skin thoroughly and get any dead skin cells off. After you have dried your skin off with a towel, take a washcloth and apply lemon juice to it. The dampened washcloth should be used to wash your body with lemon juice, paying close attention to tan spots that you are trying to remove. You should hold the soaked washcloth against your skin in the places that are uneven. Hydrogen peroxide can be used in the same way as lemon juice, but dilute it with water first. Wear a hair net if using hydrogen peroxide, as it can discolor or lighten your hair. After you are done washing, rinse skin off with warm water and pat dry. You can repeat lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide application every day until the tan is completely gone.
Removing a Spray or Sunless Tan
Spray tans and sunless tans from lotions can be removed with frequent showering. Use a body scrub or a skin exfoliating body wash on your tan body while showering, because it will rub off skin cells that the sunless tan is attached to. Chlorine also fades and removes sunless tans much quicker, so you can hit the pool and go for several swims.
Removing Tans With Time
All tans have one thing in common, and that is that they do not last forever. Spray or sunless tans last about a week if you avoid chlorine and activities that cause skin cells to fall off. Indoor and sun tans can last a little longer, depending on how much time you have spent tanning. Even sun tans and indoor bed tans fade away after two to three weeks, leaving your skin tan free and natural looking.