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 side effects. That’s why we’ve created this guide on how to fix patchy tan and how to remove self tanner, 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 moisturizers) can cause your tan to breakdown if you apply your self tanner without cleansing the skin first. We recommend showering before you tan and using an oil-free moisturizer.
How to fix patchy tan
1. Gently buff away excess tan
Excess tan often settles onto dry areas, like the elbows, knees, ankles, hands and feet, causing patchiness. 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 tan from settling onto dry areas, always moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer just before applying fake tan. We recommend using our Tan Enhancing Moisturiser.