Avoiding Fake Tan

Avoiding Fake Tan Common Mistakes & How To Fix Them

January 10, 2024

In the past, even a subtle fake tan would leave an unpleasant streak mark and biscuit scent on the skin. Thankfully, fake tans have gone a long way since then. However, even with the guidance of a tanning expert, achieving a flawless, golden tan is no picnic, even though it’s easier than ever to fake a sunburn with a spray.

The bright side is that curing a botched fake tan is simple. So, if you want a tan that lasts and looks natural, avoid these tanning faux pas and learn how to cure a botched spray tan.

Streaky Fake Tan

Most people can make the mistake of getting an uneven tan. Lack of preparation is usually to blame when a fake tan goes wrong. When tanning safely, it’s important to lay the groundwork. This process will help you avoid streaky fake tans. If you skip laying the foundations, you risk having streaky colors and darker areas than you intended.

Here are the methods to get your body tan-ready:


Before applying self-tanner, exfoliate your skin with a little body scrub applied to a tanning mitt or sponge. This process will remove dead skin cells and prepare your skin for coloring. Make sure you’re exfoliating properly so you don’t harm your skin.


While you shouldn’t cover yourself in moisturizer before applying self-tan, massage it into dry places like elbows, between your fingers, knees, and toes. Also, knowing what moisturizer works best for your skin is helpful.

Make Use Of A Tanning Mitt

These essentials will help you get a flawless tan every time by erasing any trace of an old one.

Darker Fake Tan Marks On Hands & Feet

If your fake tan has gone wrong, you may also see discoloration or orange streaks on your hands, knuckles, knees, or between your toes. Avoiding the issue altogether is usually the best course of action when dealing with a fake tan that goes bad. When it comes to this, being well-prepared is key. Just follow these few steps:

  • Knees, indentions between fingers and toes, elbows, and hands are good places to use a dab of body lotion before you start.
  • Be careful not to apply too much self-tanning lotion to these regions; it’s best to save them for last. Instead, dab a small amount onto your feet and apply more on your arms.

But if you notice darker marks on your hands and feet, here are the things you should do:

  • If you’re dealing with orange streaks on your hands, using some baby oil on the affected regions should assist.
  • You can use lemon juice to smooth out uneven self-tan spots on tiny places like your wrists, ankles, and palms.
  • As a bonus, gently exfoliate the region with one tablespoon of sugar or bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice to help remove any unwanted tan.

Dry Patches On Legs

When applied to dry areas, a fake tan can leave muddy streaks rather than a flawless, skin-loving glow. If this happens to your fake tan, you must soak in some bath oil for at least fifteen minutes to cure it. The dry areas can be loosened and softened with warm water and oil. 

To fix a botched fake tan, gently rub affected areas with a tanning mitt or flannel. This method should remove most of the tanner and simplify blending uneven patches.

Shaving Before Applying Fake Tan

Fake tan spots are a dead giveaway that you didn’t give your legs enough time to dry after shaving or waxing. To prevent this fake tan disaster, you must shave at least 12 hours (preferably 24 hours) before applying the tan so that your pores can close.

If you’re short on time or want to be sure your pores are sealed before applying self-tan, swab your legs with cold water and pat dry.

Achieve A Glowing Tan Skin

Having glowing tan skin takes a lot of trial and practice. But if you follow these easy steps, you may get a gorgeous, natural-looking tan without making typical self-tan blunders. So, feel free to try these self-tanner tips; after a little practice, you’ll be a master!

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