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Sunscreen and Tanning Tips

How to Remove Sunless Tanner From the Palms of Hands

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Need a good method to remove fake tan streaks and sunless tanner from your hands?

While most “self-tanning products” will turn your porcelain skin from a pale white hue to a sun-kissed golden bronze in a few minutes, no spray tan goddess wants to reveal orange-streaked palms to the public.

And with the Internal Agency for Research on Cancer reporting that using a tanning bed before you turn 30 ups your risk of skin cancer by 75 percent, you want to tan safely without cooking your skin in the sun or looking like an oompa-loompa.

Thankfully, there are a few low-cost home remedies to remove the self-tanning residue from the palms of your hands and keep your self-tanning ritual a secret.

Things You’ll Need:

Small bowl
Baking soda
Loofah sponge
Scrub brush
One lemon
Aloe vera gel
Whitening Toothpaste
Sunless tan removal wipes and exfoliating scrubs

Apply a lemon juice scrub to your tanned and orange-streaked palms.

Combine the juice of one lemon, two drops of aloe vera gel and 2 tablespoons of salt together in a small bowl. Pour this mixture on a loofah sponge. Using a circular motion, rub this solution on your palms. Rinse both hands with cold water. Repeat this process in the morning and before bedtime to lighten your palms and remove any tanning product residue.

Make a paste of water and baking soda to loosen the sunless tanner.

Pour a teaspoon of baking soda into the palm of one hand. Add three or four drops of water until you create a thick paste. Cover both hands with this baking soda mixture. After three to four minutes, scrub your hands with a clean loofah or small brush to remove any streaks from the sunless tanner.

Dip your streaked palms into a buttermilk soak.

Pour a cup of buttermilk into two small bowls. Immerse each palm into the bowls. Soak your stained hands into the buttermilk for a minimum of 20 minutes, twice a day. Once you complete the soak, rinse your hands with soap and water thoroughly.

Purchase an over-the-counter sunless tan removal product.

There are commercially available tanning products as exfoliating scrubs and wipes that remove sunless tanner. Removal wipes and exfoliating scrubs are widely available in drugstores and found on the web at SallyBeauty, Amazon and QVC.

Remove your sunless tan with whitening toothpaste.

Massage a dollop of whitening toothpaste into your hands. Let the product sit on your palms for three to five minutes. Rinse your hands in cold water to lift the self-tanning product from your palms.

More Tips to Remove Sunless Tanner from the Palms of Hands

  • Use a small scrub brush to remove the tanning products from your palms, if you do not have a loofah.
  • To stop your fake tan from staining the nails on your hands before you use sunless tanner, rub Vaseline on and around your nails to stop the color from staining your porous nail bed.
  • Be gentle with your palms. Do not scrub your hands vigorously to remove the sunless tanner.
  • Do not mix homemade tan removal remedies with commercial products. If you buy tan removal wipes for the palms, do not mix with aloe vera, baking soda, lemon juice or buttermilk.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s FDA.gov, the FDA has received reports stating consumers have reported adverse events associated with sunless tanning and sunless tanning products. To prevent any adverse chemical or allergic reactions during removal of sunless tanner and dihydroxyacetone (DHA), check with a licensed medical professional for recommended removal procedures.

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  • Micaela
    Dec 14, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I always get sunless tanner or my hands. I tried using a pumice stone to scrape the tanner off, but you’ve taught me how to get the orange stuff off my hands gently and easily. thanks.

  • Sunless Tanner Basics
    Dec 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Great post again. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there with the sunless tanner. It doesn’t have to be hard yet mose people fail to realize the basics.

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