Ask Glam: How To Save a Splotchy Self-Tan

By  June 28, 2013

The Glam editors receive loads of questions from friends, family, and readers alike on our insights into everything from style and beauty to bars and restaurants. Given our collective know-how and access to resources and experts, we’re happy to help with any of your conundrums in our newest feature, Ask Glam. Have a question? Drop us a line AskGlam@glam.com and stay tuned to see your answer here!

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I’m in the middle of a skincare crisis! I applied self-tanner, but I ended up missing a few spots and got a few streaks along the way. Adding more will make things worse, so I don’t know what to do. Help!

Don’t panic! We turned to St. Tropez’s Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans, who recommended exfoliating the darker spots with a loofah to buff off those dead skin cells. If it’s still not even, you can apply a moisturizer to those dark spots before applying self tanner all over. “[T]his will act as a barrier to prevent the tan going darker,” she explained. If the patches aren’t too dark you can also try a coat of gradual self-tanner to even things out.

For those of you experiencing swimsuit stripes (tan lines created by your bikini), Evans advised using the St. Tropez Tan Bronzing Lotion as a paint instead of all over to fill in those lighter areas, leaving it on for 8 hours before showering. “If the tan lines are still not covered or do not match your darker skin, simply repeat this process,” she added. Bye-bye two-toned skin; Hello bronzed beauty!