How To Get Rid Of That Botched Faux-Glow

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With summer now in its final stretch, those of us who fancy a bronzed glow will either have to make those final few weeks of rays count, or find ourselves a good faux-glow alternative. And while I've been known to indulge in a self-tan or two in my time, I have also woken up to the horror that is a streaky, orange hue once the tanner starts to unevenly rub off. To combat this I have discovered three easy faux-glow fixes so you can avoid the tell-tale streaks and look like your summer-bronzed-goddess-self year round. The best part? All of these ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.


Looking for a simple and sweet way to eliminate any evidence of your botched fake-bake? Simply mix together a cup of raw sugar with 3/4 cup of lemon juice. It's important to make sure you use raw sugar as the larger and rougher granules will help to scrub away your streaks. Just rub the mixture into your skin, scrub for about a minute, and let it sit on your skin for up to five minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Not only does it act as a fabulous exfoliator but it should help your tan to fade, fast.

Baking Soda

Find yourself taste testing the sugar mix instead of using it? Fret not, I have done it too. More times than I care to admit actually. My solution to this, un-tasty baking soda! Mix half a cup of baking soda with another half cup of lemon juice until you have a paste that can be easily spread onto your skin. Apply it to your skin, rub it into your skin using soft circular motions and allow it to sit for up to five minutes before wiping it off with a clean cloth. Because it's a bit more gentle on your skin than the sugar, you may have to repeat the process a few times but rest assured, it does work.

Hair Removal Cream

Okay so this ingredient isn't typically found in your kitchen, but it's found in your house so I'm throwing it into the mix. A solid hair removal cream will instantaneously remove a fake tan from your skin. Screwed up your application? Notice streaks starting to form? Applied one too many coats? Simply spray some of your hair removal cream onto your skin, wipe off immediately, and begin again. It's like the delete button but for fake tanner! Genius, I know. Et voila! Three simple and easy ways to eliminate any evidence of a botched fake-bake so that you can keep rocking your bronzed goddess glow year round.


Vanessa is a beauty bloggin' babe whose work can be found on websites all around cyberland, including this review on Finulite as well as other popular beauty brands. The best part about her job? She gets to help her readers look and feel their very best.