Removing self-tanner from your hands can be tricky. Luckily there are some ways to remove it quickly to keep them from giving away your secrets. 

The easiest way to remove self-tanner from your hands is to simply wash them after you apply it. Sometimes we forget to do this though, but that is totally okay because if you use some sort of exfoliating scrub, it will remove the dead layers of skin from the surface, and also the tanning product as well. Just be careful when using exfoliants because if you are too rough, you can actually cause damage to your skin.

Here are 8 tips for removing self-tanner from your hands.

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for a host of nifty DIY hacks around your house. Now you can add “removing self-tanner” to that list. All you have to do is place a spoonful of baking soda in your hand, add a little bit of water to make a paste, and rub your hands together thoroughly. You can also apply the paste to a toothbrush and scrub your hands in a circular motion that way. Once done, rinse with water. 

2. Baby Wipes

If you’re a new parent, you probably have these handy at all times anyway. And they’re easy to bring with you anywhere you go. So, say you go to a tanning salon and get a spray tan. Once you get out, just pull out a few baby wipes and rub them along the palms of your hands, then toss them in the garbage. Super easy!

3. Lemon Juice

When people think of exfoliants they often don’t think of lemons, but this wonderfully fragrant fruit has alpha-hydroxy acid which is perfect for removing those dead skin cells. In fact, it actually acts as a natural bleach, which is why it’s often used in green cleaning products. This is also what makes it good for removing self-tanner. The best way to do this is to take a spoonful of sugar, squeeze some lemon juice over it and rub it together in your hands to make a sugar scrub. Once done, rinse with water. 

4. White Vinegar

Just like lemons, white vinegar contains acid that helps break down dead skin cells. It might not smell as good as lemon would, but in a pinch, this will do the trick for removing self-tanner from your hands.

5. Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover with acetone is very strong and should not be used on other parts of your body other than your hands. We strongly recommend this as a last resort, but you would apply it to a cotton swab or Q-tip, and rub it over the palms of your hands to remove the self-tanner. 

6. Toothpaste

If you have a good whitening toothpaste lying around, this will do the trick. Sometimes self-tanner can get blotchy. All you have to do is take a little toothpaste and rub it in a circular motion over the affected area, and it should disappear. Rinse with water and enjoy the minty fresh smell!

7. Oil

Soaking your hands in your favorite oil will loosen the top layer of skin cells and decrease the appearance of orange patches. Combine that with an exfoliant and your skin will feel smooth and silky. 

8. Loofah or Washcloth

These are especially useful if you use them right after applying the self-tanner. Just lather your loofah or washcloth with soap and scrub the palms of your hands. 

One of the easiest things you can do is to avoid getting self-tanner on your palms in the first place. Some ways to do this are to apply a thick layer of lotion to your hands prior to applying your self-tanner. You could also use a tanning mitt.