3. Dry patches on your leg from fake tan
Dry patches are a magnet to fake tan which can leave muddy streaks instead of a smooth skin kissed glow. When your fake tan goes wrong in this way, an easy fix is to soak in a bath with a generous glug of bath oil for at least 15 minutes.The warm water and oil will help to soften and loosen the dry patches. You can then gently rub the problem areas with a flannel or tanning mitt which should lift off the worst of it, allowing you to blend the areas in to allow you to right a fake tan gone wrong.
4. Shaving too soon before applying fake tan
Tiny dots on your legs are a giveaway you didn’t allow enough time between shaving or waxing your legs and applying the fake tan. To avoid this fake tan gone wrong mishap, make sure you remove any hair at least 12 hours (but ideally 24 hours) before to allow the pores to close. If you haven’t got that sort of time, or want to ensure your pores are tightened, dab your legs with cold water and pat dry before applying the self-tan.
5. If your fake tan colour is too dark (or too light)
A fail-safe way to build a golden glow is to use a gradual fake tan. NIVEA Gradual Tan allows you to gradually build up a natural-looking tan. As it’s easy to adjust it’s easier to avoid mistakes that lead to a fake tan gone wrong. If you want a subtle glowing fake tan, try using a gradual tan a couple of days a week. If you prefer a deeper colour, layer it on over a few days until you get the glow you want. Gradual tanners also deliver a moisturising hit that traditional self-tans don’t. NIVEA gradual tan lotion’s 48-hour intensive moisturising care allows you to develop the glow you want while keeping your skin super soft and hydrated.
6. If your fake tan is fading unevenly
There are several reasons why, after a couple of days, you’ve ended up with a fake tan that is fading in streaks and patches. The temptation is to fix a streaky tan by applying more self-tan, but step away from the bottle. Applying more lotion can make a fake tan gone wrong worse as topping up a fading fake tan can lead to dryness and flakiness. Before applying more fake tan, have a soak in a bath of warm water and use an exfoliating mitt to really smooth the skin and get rid of any remnants of a fading, streaky self-tan. Slather on moisturiser for a couple of days prior to applying more self-tan (but avoid it on the day) to get rid of any dry patches that will draw in the fake tan and leave you with a streaky fake tan.