7 Of The Best Fake Tan Removers

If you find your attempts to apply self-tan only result in streaks and uneven patches, you’re probably in need of a decent tan remover. Now widely available, use one to remove everything completely, or simply correct mishaps. Here are some of the best and how to use them…

Bali Body Self-Tan Remover, £18.95

Perfect for those with sensitive skin, this soft foam removes tan seamlessly without any need to scrub. Use it in the shower, massaging the formula into any stubborn stains, and you’ll see your colour comes away within ten minutes. Aloe vera, glycerine and rose extract provide extra skin-softening benefits, so your limbs will feel and look hydrated afterwards.

Availabe here. 

He-Shi Tan Remover & Primer, £15.50

A best-seller, He-Shi’s tan remover is often hard to get hold of thanks to its rave reviews. Fruit acids break down dark patches for a more seamless finish and get rid of tell-tale streaks – great for emergencies when you need to smooth over uneven areas fast. Use it to perfect your tan, or apply it all over to remove your colour in one go. Added moisture lock technology also ensures long-lasting hydration, so when you do reach for your next layer, you can be sure skin is prepped and ready to go.

Available here. 

Institute Esthederm Micellar After Sun Shower Gel, £19

This clever shower gel acts as a tan remover, too. Containing micellar molecules, they cling to both dirt and colour, providing an effortless, speedy cleanse, and gently removing stains. The soothing formula also works to rebuild the skin’s protective barrier, so not only do limbs feel cared for, they’re smooth, supple and ready to absorb future tanning products better. 

Available here. 

St Tropez Tan Remover Mousse, £14.50

Whether you want to get rid of build-up, erase small mistakes or just make sure you have a seamless tan, this remover is a must-have. Perfect for tanning novices, it corrects mistakes immediately, while detoxifying cotton extract and probiotics rebalance and hydrate. Non-sticky and easy-to-use, the light foam is great for dry skin, melting away colour within five minutes. Rinse off any excess in the shower, and use a mitt if you want to cover a wider surface area.

Available here. 

Tan-Luxe Glyco Water Self-Tan Eraser, £22

With a watery consistency and 3% glycolic acid, this exfoliating treatment quickly dissolves self-tan residue and streaks. Spritz it onto dry skin – face or body – and let it melt in before rinsing and gently wiping it off. The silky formula keeps skin smooth and feeling refreshed, ready for the next coat of colour.

Available here. 

Tanologist Self-Tan Eraser & Primer, £7.99 (was £11.99)

Tanologist’s versatile formula can be used as an eraser or a primer before you tan. If you’re using it for the former, massage it onto patches that need evening out, or onto areas where you want to remove unwanted remnants – you can also use a small amount on a cotton pad for quick fixes. For priming, use it all over, massaging it into dry skin before stepping into the shower. The 3% glycolic exfoliates for a smooth, even surface, getting rid of any dry, flaky patches immediately.

Available here. 

The Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self-Tan Eraser, £17.95

One of the first brands to create a tan ‘eraser’ Isle of Paradise’s Magic Remover combines glycolic with micellar water to gently remove dead skin cells, dirt and old colour. Not only does it reveal fresh skin, it hydrates and softens with avocado, chia seed and coconut oils – it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free, too. Spritz it onto small areas if you’re only removing a faux pas, or mist all over your body until skin is saturated, lathering it up and leaving it on for five minutes before rinsing it off in the shower. 

Available here. 

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