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How to Get Rid of Self Tanner on Hands

by Mimi Bullock

All you wanted was golden, glowing skin, but one small oversight may reveal your beauty secret to the world. Forgetting to wear gloves or failing to thoroughly wash your hands after applying self-tanning lotion can leave your fingers with an odd tint. Fortunately, you have several solutions to fix this common mishap. Try one -- or several -- methods, and with a little work, you will enjoy an even glow without the appearance of embarrassing, orange hands.

Dab a quarter-size amount of a body scrub product to your damp hands. Rub the product into your hands, working away the excess dye. If you prefer, use a loofah mitt and regular soap to scrub off the tanning dye. Rinse the scrub or soap away from the skin with cool to warm water. Pat the skin dry with a soft towel.

Create a natural lightening paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice in a cup. Smear the paste over the streaky areas. Allow the paste to sit on the skin for a few minutes, then rinse it away with cool or warm water.

Apply a skin lightener, such as a skin bleach, to the discolored areas. Follow the product's directions for the best results. Rinse the bleach from your hands to see your original skin tone. Do not use chlorine bleach on your skin. This may burn or dry out your skin.

Soak your hands in a sink full of warm water, then lightly exfoliate your skin with a washcloth to remove the dye. This may take several minutes or repeated hand washing to remove the tint.

Examine your hands for open cuts or sores. If your skin is blemish-free, rub the streaks with a cotton ball dipped in non-acetone nail polish remover. Non-acetone is a gentler formula than regular acetone and should not damage your skin.

Purchase a self-tanning dye remover from a beauty supply store. This product should remove streaks and discoloration easily.

Items you will need

  • Body scrub product
  • Loofah mitt
  • Liquid soap
  • Towel
  • Baking soda
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Cup
  • Skin-lightening product
  • Cotton balls
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Self-tanning dye remover
  • Cloth

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

Photo Credits

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