5 simple steps to remove fake tan in 20 minutes

Get that tan off and back on in record timing with these top five tips!

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Okay, there is no click bait up in here I promise. As a serial fake tanner for the last three years, you could say I've easily picked up some very handy tips and tricks.

One of the biggest setbacks when it comes to fake tanning is the removal process. It's kind of unavoidable. Even if you don't plan on tanning again, you'll end up with a flakey and patchy tan that just doesn't look good.

If you are wanting to tan again, this strongest step for a flawless tan is removing the old tan. Trust me, I know these things.

Removing your tan doesn't need a time-consuming process that makes you groan. With these five steps, you'll have that old tan off and be ready for the next quicker than ever!

Removing fake tan

1. Fake tan remover

Now, this is the MOST important step out of the entire process. If you don't have the Bondi Sands Fake tan eraser yet then seriously, stop reading, go buy it from here and come back so we can chat.

This fake tan remover quite literally changed the fake tanning game. Yes, there has been at-home remedies and other products to remove your tan but this stuff is a godsend. Without any nasty and harmful ingredients this formula will remove your fake tan in five minutes. Yes, five minutes.

Before you jump in the shower, apply the tan remover to your dry skin and let it sit. All you need to do is pump the foam applicator firmly and apply Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser generously to the skin. Don't worry about applying too much, your skin is going to soak this stuff up making it super smooth and hydrated.

I used this product in conjuction with the Bondi Sands one hour express tan and they worked perfectly together!

Now you simply need to wait five minutes and then remove. Personally, I still like to use an exfoliating mitt, but if the tan isn't too stubborn you can simply use a warm face cloth.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

As I said before, I prefer to use an exfoliating mitt and whenever I'm removing tan, I'm planning to put a fresh one on. Therefore, I need to ensure all the dead skin is exfoliated away.

At this point in the process, you still have the tan remover on. You want to jump in the shower but be careful to not stand directly under the shower water stream. Wet your exfoliating mitt and begin scrubbing lightly.

Please, do not start attacking your skin with an exfoliating mitt because you're just going to damage your skin. As opposed to just using water and a mitt, the tan remover makes this process ten times easier. You'll notice the tan will start wiping away incredibly easily.

3. Get a bit steamy

Probably one of the most overlooked or unknown steps in removing fake tan is making the water hot. This isn't because I want you to burn off the layer of fake tan but the moisture in the air from the steam will assist you in removing the fake tan a hell of a lot easier too!

4. Moisturise

Next to fake tan and fake tan remover, moisturiser should be the next most-used product. Exfoliating and heat can be pretty taxing on your skin and they're both big steps in removing your fake tan. Therefore, in order to keep your skin in the best condition possible, ensure that you moisturise after removing your tan.

5. Do it all again

Once you jump on the fake tan bandwagon it's oh-so-very difficult to jump off it. Therefore, it's safe to assume you'll probably be reapplying it!

After taking off your tan, give your skin at least an hour after removing before you reapply, because all your pores will be open from the steam and exfoliating which will lead to a very messy tan.

If you really don't have time to wait, you can blast your skin with cold water from the shower. This isn't the most enjoyable but it will close your pores and get the job done!

If you're still new to the whole fake tanning process, make sure you read our essential tips for how to fake tan article!

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