Getting rid of a tan

How to Remove a Fake Tan in 10 Minutes

By Sara . Updated: March 27, 2017
How to Remove a Fake Tan in 10 Minutes

A fake tan, when done in the right way, gives a beautiful golden glow. But in your excitement if you have chosen a shade or two darker then the result will be a mahogany alien instead of the golden beauty you were hoping for. In such case you will try to get rid of the tan as soon as possible. So, in this oneHOWTO article we will solve your problem and you will get answer to the question how to remove Fake Tan in 10 Minutes.


  1. Body Scrub
  2. Baby Oil
  3. Lemon Juice
  4. Self Tanner Remover
  5. Rubbing alcohol or Acetone
  6. Female facial hair lightener
  7. Cuticle remover

Body Scrub

You can use a good fine grained body scrub from the market and use it to scrub all your tanned parts. If you want to opt for something natural then make a body scrub at home.

To make this scrub to get rid of a fake tan, follow this recipe:

You will need

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon


  1. Mix the sugar with the olive oil.
  2. Cut the lemon in half and juice it.
  3. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Use the sugar scrub to exfoliate the tanned parts. The sugar beads will loosen the top layer i.e. the tanned layer of skin and will hence remove the disastrous color off.
  5. Rinse the body scrub off and you're done! The best part of this process is that you will be left with silky smooth skin.

This is the perfect solution for example, if your fake tan has streaked down your arms and legs.

How to Remove a Fake Tan in 10 Minutes - Body Scrub

Baby Oil

If you want to remove fake tan from a large area then baby oil can be the best remedy. This is due to the fact that baby oil has a high concentration that will dilute the color and help get it off your skin. This is a great option if you want to keep the fake but have overdone it and gone too dark.

You will need

  • 1 bottle baby oil
  • Warm water


  1. Take a bottle of baby oil and apply it generously all over your body.
  2. Let it rest on your body for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Then, soak yourself in a warm bathtub. The oil will lift and remove all the fake tan and you will be left with gorgeous, supple and soft skin.

You might also be interested in how to get tanned in winter.

Lemon Juice

Lemon has bleaching and skin lightening properties and it is one of the favorite methods for removing fake tan in a short span of time.

You will need

  • 1 to 5 lemons
  • Cotton ball
  • Bowl


  1. Take one or more lemons, depending on the area you want to apply.
  2. Squeeze out the juice from the lemons and keep it in a bowl.
  3. Now take a cotton ball and dip it in the lemon juice.
  4. Apply the lemon juice soaked cotton over the required area. Usually lemon juice is recommended to remove just a few spots from a fake tan.
How to Remove a Fake Tan in 10 Minutes - Lemon Juice

Self Tanner Remover

Yes, self tanner removers do actually exist. You just need to visit a nearby cosmetic shop to get one. They are available at a reasonable price. They come in the form of pads or creams and the directions of application are mentioned in the cover itself, so this is probably the fastest way to get rid of a fake tan if you can make your way to the shops.

Rubbing alcohol or Acetone

Both rubbing alcohol and acetone are a bit harsh on our body and stinky too, so it's not a solution we'd recommend. But if you don’t have anything else at hand then you can use them to remove the fake tan.

You will need

  • Acetone or alcohol
  • Cotton ball
  • Warm water
  • Moisturizer


  1. Just rub it on your body or apply it with a cotton ball and leave it for a minute or two.
  2. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  3. After you've rinsed it off you'll notice how the fake tan will have disappeared, though you should also apply some body moisturizer to make your skin look and feel soft once again.

We remind you that this is an absolute emergency solution and don't recommend using this remedy frequently as it can seriously damage your skin. Instead, choose natural ways to get a tan.

Female facial hair lightener

You know those products that are meant for lightening facial hair? Those can actually help you remove a fake tan, especially if it's just a blotch such as the one you might get on your hands when self-tanning.

What you need

  • Facial hair lightener (make sure it only has soft ingredients, no hydrogen peroxide)
  • Scraper
  • Moisturizer


  1. Follow the instructions to make the facial hair lightener and mix well.
  2. Rub it on the fake tan area making sure you don't smudge it in, but rather pat it on.
  3. Leave it on for 10 minutes maximum. Scrape it off thoroughly.
  4. Wash your hand with lukewarm water.
  5. Apply some moisturizer.

Do not leave the lightener on for longer than 12-15 minutes.

Cuticle remover

Another over-the-counter beauty product that can also help you remove your fake tan in 10 minutes is cuticle remover. This is probably the fastest option, especially if you only have blotches of tan you want to remove. Just apply the cuticle cream remover and rub thoroughly. This cream will soften the dermis and exfoliate the area to remove any trace of tan. Wash with lukewarm water and you'll notice how the tan will have disappeared.

Again, we don't recommend this method unless it's an emergency due to the content of harsh chemicals contained in this type of product.

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  • You can use 10% glycolic acid gel or wipes though the result will take a bit longer to be noticed and is not the fastest solution.
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