How To Remove Tan

How To Remove Tan Lines And Other Tanning Problems

Most of us want to keep a healthy looking tan, but at time wish to remove tan lines which appear where we don't particularly want them. Tan lines tend to make the untanned parts of our body stand out, such as the ankles when you wear shorts and socks and then take your socks off, or on your upper legs when you take your shorts off and wear swim trunks instead. We also tend to get tan lines around the neck, on our upper arms, and even at times on the forehead. We've all at one time or another had that “raccoon look” when removing our shades.

When you think about it, the untanned skin is usually more healthy than the tanned skin, and for this reason some elect to stay out of the sun entirely. We do need our vitamin D however, and having a light tan isn't generally terribly unhealthy. If you do some research on how to remove tan lines, you may find yourself in the middle of a software application. There are many ideas for removing tan lines on a photograph with computing techniques but we're talking about real skin here.

Besides tan lines, there is also the problem of how to remove tan colors that are unnatural, such as when you use a lotion or bronzer designed to give you a fake yet attractive tan. The problem here is that some people react differently to these products than others, and while your friend may end up with a golden tan, you may end up with a slightly orange one. In the case of tan lines you're trying to blend the color of the tanned patch of skin with the untanned patch so there isn't a sharp boundary. In the case of the bronzer, you need to find a way to change the color of all the skin that's affected.

Be Careful With Chemicals, Or Avoid The Altogether - In either case, applying chemicals to your skin isn't usually a good idea. Hydrogen peroxide is generally quite safe and has a bleaching effect, but putting a chemical over large areas of your body, or near your eyes is never a good idea. A bleaching substance, if used at all, is best used on a small area only.

If you have time, say several days to a week, the problem will go away on its own. If you want to hurry things along, there are two things you'll want to work with. One is to hasten the removal of dead skin, a naturally and continuously occurring process. Hastening the process means using an exfoliant. Using a body scrub, or soaking in a hot tub or warm bath helps the exfoliating process along. The use of a baking soda paste as the exfoliating agent has been recommended as something that works quite well. Just remember, you aren't going to solve your problem in a few minutes, or even a few hours. All you are doing is accelerating a natural process, making your tan lines disappear more quickly than would be the case if you did nothing.

Off With The Old, On With The New - At the same time you are using an exfoliate (you’ll need to do it more than once for quicker results) apply a moisturizer like aloe vera, which promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells. Growing new skin cells, at the same time you are scrubbing away the dead cells, speeds up the process of removing your tan lines. Of course an alternate approach is to get a tan on the body parts that haven't yet been tanned, but while you may be willing to remove your shirt or socks, you may not want to go further than that. In fact you may end up with a burn instead of a matching tan.

Loose Your Orange Tint - As far as the dreaded orange fake tan is concerned, baking soda again may come to the rescue, and is safe to use on your face, where most fake tanning usually is done. Liquid makeup remover may work as well. Whether you use baking soda or makeup remover, you'll need to apply it more than once, but with several efforts you should see a difference. If nothing else you'll have learned not to try again to get a nice tan from a bottle.