Now that summer’s almost here, lots of people are applying self-tanners so that when the moment comes to hit the beach (don’t forget your broad spectrum sunscreen!), they’ll already have a nice brown color. But applying self-tanners evenly is not always easy and you can end up with darker streaks on your body or with your palms several shades darker than the rest of your skin.
If that happens, don’t panic and look in your kitchen for some simple ingredients that will help fix your mistakes. Keep in mind though that they aren’t miracle workers and it can take several days and several applications for your skin to go back to its natural color. So, better start straight away. Here’s how:
1. Lemon: squeeze a lemon and apply the juice over those ugly over-tanned patches and streaks. Lemon contains Citric Acid, a substance that has skin-lightening properties and can so help fade the color a little. But it can also be irritating, so use it carefully!
3. Oatmeal Scrub: oatmeal is another substance with exfoliating properties. Just mix oatmeal and water to make a paste and apply it on the area you want to lighten. Wait about 10 or 15 minutes and then rinse off.
4. Sea salt: some people also suggest putting natural rock salt in the bathtub and soak in it for about 10 minutes. This should help fade the color a little.
Have you got any other DIY tips to fix self-tanning disasters?
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