Spray tanning is a quick way to add some color to your skin without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. Although most spray-tanning booths provide even color, sometimes you may walk out with white spots on your skin that were missed. Don’t panic when you look in the mirror and see an uneven tan. Take action to even out the color and fill in the white spots with a few easy tricks.
1. Lemon Juice & Baking Soda
Look no further than your kitchen for cheap products that will help even out the color and blend in the white spots. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl, then mix in a couple tablespoons of baking soda. Use more or less baking soda depending on how much juice you get from the lemon. The mixture should be a thick paste. Hop in the shower and scrub the mixture onto the areas of your skin that are blotchy until they become blended.
2. Tinted Bronzer
As long as your whole body isn’t covered with white spots, use a tinted bronzing cream to fill them in. This probably isn’t an option if there are big areas on your body that are white, but for a few minor spots that were missed during the spray-tan session, tinted bronzer will do the trick. Pick a bronzer that matches closely with your tanned skin color. Rub it onto the white spots and the surrounding areas so it blends in with your skin. You’ll likely have to apply the bronzing cream every day until your spray tan begins to fade.
3. Try A Do-Over
Sometimes the only way to really fix white spots after a spray tan is to hop right back into the tanning booth for a do-over. The salon may even do it at no charge if your spray tan was uneven right after stepping out of the booth. A second coat of tanner will fill in the white spots and make the tan even. Don’t worry about the white spots being lighter than the rest of your skin. Once the spots are filled in with color, the difference will be barely noticeable, if at all.
4. Preventing A Blotchy Spray Tan
Next time you hit the salon for a spray tan, prep your skin to make sure you don’t get white spots. Exfoliate your skin the day before your spray-tan session. Use an exfoliating scrub and washcloth to get rid of dead skin cells and help the spray tan stick evenly. Avoid using makeup, lotion or deodorant the day of your spray tan, as these items can form a barrier between the solution and your skin and may result in uneven color. After you’ve been spray tanned, try to keep your skin dry for 8 to 12 hours. That means no showering, sweating or swimming. Once it’s time to shower, use a gentle soap and water, but skip the loofah or washcloth, which are too abrasive and may take away some of the color.