Everyone wants to look picture perfect all summer long, but sometimes mistakes happen. Common predicaments don’t have to be complete disasters. You can handle problems, such as too much sunless tanner, with a little know-how. Read these quick beauty tips to learn how to fix summer beauty dilemmas in no time.
Too much sunless tanner
If you have over-applied sunless tanner and now look too dark or too orange, don’t worry. You can lighten up your skin by using baking soda. Baking soda is used for many homemade beauty treatments so it’s no surprise it’s effective on sunless tanner too.
Orange all over
Dump 2-3 cups of baking soda into your bathtub and fill with warm water. Crawl into the tub and relax for 30 minutes. The baking soda will soften your skin and its bleaching properties will allow you to slough away the outer layer of dark skin. Using a loofah, scrub your feet, elbows and other areas where the tanner is especially blotchy. Use a washcloth to scrub the rest of your body. Rub very gently on the more sensitive areas of your body, such as the bikini area.
Orange in the face
If it’s just your face that is overdone, wash with a gentle exfoliating scrub. A mixture of oatmeal, honey and milk works well. Cover up orange skin with a tinted moisturizer or mineral makeup while waiting for the sunless tanner to fade. If you have blotches on your face, use a green concealer stick to hide darker areas.
Evidence of orange
If the your fingernails, toenails, palms of your hands and soles of your feet are orange, you can apply a small amount of facial cream bleach to the problem areas. Allow to set for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Don’t use facial bleach on other body parts.
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heal a peeling sunburn
Though everyone should try to avoid sunburn, sometimes it happens. Dealing with the redness and peeling can be a hassle, but you have to allow your skin to heal.
Sunburnt in the face
Don’t peel it! Gently exfoliate the dead, peeling skin by washing your face with a warm, soft washcloth. Do not rub too hard or you could cause irritation and more inflammation.
Apply aloe vera gel to help your skin heal. If you need to wear makeup, don’t use too much. A tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher is a much better option than liquid or powder foundation. The moisturizer will hydrate your skin and the tint can even out the redness.
Avoid additional sunlight if you are already sunburned. Wear a hat when going outdoors for extended periods of time and add sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Fix a farmer’s tan
If you have a farmer’s tan or you fell asleep at the beach (sometimes relaxation comes with a punishment), fix your drastically uneven tan with these tips. They key is to concentrate on certain areas.
Exfoliate the darker portion of you skin, using a granulated cleanser or sea salt scrub. This will remove dead skin cells. Use good moisturizer on the areas of skin that are much lighter.
You can try to fix the problem naturally by using a stronger sunscreen (SPF 30) on the dark portions of your skin and a milder sunscreen (SPF 15) on the lighter sections, then spend time in the sun. This method will take some time and if your uneven tan is on your face, you might not want to wait.
Fake a bake
Head to the tanning salon! The fastest way to fix an uneven tan is to get a spray on tan from a trained technician. He/she will be able to airbrush the areas and even out your skintone. This is the quickest and easiest way to fix your uneven tan.