Whether you’re a tanning newbie or a glow-getting expert, mistakes are (unfortunately) inevitable. Lighter streaks, darker elbows and unflattering stains between your toes and fingers are all common tanning mishaps. That’s why we’ve created this guide on how to fix patchy fake tan and how to remove fake tan, so you can even out streakiness, for a smooth, flawless finish.
What causes patchy tan?
At St.Tropez, we constantly strive to bring you high-quality products that can be applied effortlessly, so you don’t experience a patchy tan. However, other products on the skin (including perfume, deodorant and oil-based moisturisers) can cause your tan to breakdown if you apply your self tanner without cleansing the skin first. To prevent patchy tan, we recommend showering before you tan and using an oil-free moisturiser.
How to fix patchy fake tan
Knowing how to fix patchy fake tan can really help you to flaunt your most natural-looking, flawless glow yet.
1. Gently buff away excess tan
Excess product often settles onto dry areas, like the elbows, knees, ankles, hands, and feet, causing an uneven, patchy tan. Luckily, our soft Buffing Mitt is designed to gently buff away tan build-up, leaving you with a smooth and even finish.
Immediately after applying your chosen tan, use the Mitt to blot away any excess tan by gently rubbing darker patches on the skin.
Top Tip: To prevent a patchy tan and product from settling onto dry areas, always moisturise with an oil-free moisturiser just before applying fake tan. We recommend using our Tan Enhancing Moisturiser.