How To Remove Fake Tan From Your Face

Aug 22, 2021 | How To: Tutorials

As the skin on your face is so much more delicate than that on the rest of your body (up to 20 times thinner, in fact), it can be difficult to remove fake tan without damaging the skin. Luckily, we explain how to remove fake from the face gently in this simple step-by-step guide. Ready? You’ll be tan-free in no time! 

How to remove fake tan

While we recommend using St.Tropez Body Polish And Exfoliator and our St.Tropez Tan Remover Mousse to remove tan from the body, these formulas are not suitable for the face. Instead, when removing self tan from the face, use an approach specially tailored for facial use. Think less heavy scrubbing and more of a gentle massage. 

It’s worth noting that, as skin is thinner on the face, tan will naturally fade faster than on the body. 


How to remove fake tan from the face

Step 1: Cleanse

We always recommend prepping the skin with an oil-free moisturiser and exfoliator before applying tan because oil repels self tan. Reverse engineer that thinking and the easiest way to remove self tanner from face becomes applying oil-based products.  

Cleansing twice a day with an oil-based cleanser will help to fade your tan. 

Step 2: Exfoliate

As you no doubt know, exfoliating helps to remove tan and dead skin cells. So, to remove self tanner from the face, opt for a gently exfoliating acid or facial scrub.  

These are the key ingredients to look out for when finding the best exfoliator for your face: 

  • If using a chemical exfoliant, opt for Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C and Salicylic Acid
  • For a gentle facial scrub, any moisturizing formula containing ingredients like Jojoba, Cocoa Butter, or Fruit Extracts is a great option 

Repeat your exfoliating routine up to 3 times weekly to allow your golden glow to fade evenly. 

Top Tip: Exfoliating in circular motions boosts blood flow to the skin’s surface, creating a fresh-faced radiance. 

Step 3: Serum and moisturiser

Did you know that serum can promote cell renewal, causing tan to fade faster as new cells work to replace older tanned skin? Applying moisturiser twice a day to keep skin hydrated also promotes an even fade, an important step in removing fake tan.


Find the best tan for your face

Once you’ve followed these steps to remove fake tan from the face, your skin is primed and ready to glow all over again. At St.Tropez, we have a variety of formulas to try, so you can find the best face tan for you. 

A Bronzing Face Mist

In just one use of our St.Tropez Purity Bronzing Face Mist, you can achieve a natural-looking post-holiday glow. Easy-to-apply and lightweight, this Hibiscus Extract and Hyaluronic Acid-infused formula revives skin while creating a beautiful, light to medium bronze. 


A Bronzing Face Serum

Infused with glow-giving Vitamin C and D, our St.Tropez Purity Bronzing Face Serum brightens skin and hydrates deeply. The silky formula glides onto skin and can be used by itself or mixed into your favorite moisturizer. Leave to develop for 4-6 hours for the perfect medium-bronze color. 


By following our top tips, you can forget any worries about how to remove fake tan from the face. Explore our range of St.Tropez fake tan for the face to find your perfect sunkissed glow. 


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