Tan remover . . . does it work??

If you’ve ever used self tanner, you know that it’s amazing. When you aren’t getting in the sun very much but you still want that glow its what you’ve gotta reach for.

But a few days later, it can start looking reallllyyyy rough. Especially if you’ve got dry skin like yours truly and you don’t lotion properly even once. You literally start looking like snakeskin in a not-cute way. That cute tan glow just turns into patchy orange/pale skin that just isn’t okay. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s some images for an example:

So yeah, not cute am I right?

I’m normally really diligent about moisturizing, but I had a day before these photos were taken where I used an awful lotion that didn’t do anything for my skin. And it wrecked my tan.

I did all my normal exfoliating tricks in the shower but they weren’t removing the patches no matter how much I scrubbed! These methods included using a store-bought scrub, a homemade sugar scrub and scrubbing with a washcloth.

A very frustrated Alison went on the hunt on the internet for a way to remove this tan. I came across a few different YouTube videos reviewing tan removers, including this St. Tropez Tan Remover Mousse (not sponsored, just a brand I know of and trust).

The tan remover seemed to really work in YT videos, so I drove over to Ulta and picked up a bottle. My first impression was that the packaging is gorgeous: it has a rainbow-y iridescent look to it that’s hard to capture in photos but trust me it’s beautiful.

The instructions tell you to apply it liberally to your skin and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower. It honestly didn’t smell awful but it also didn’t smell amazing. It had a really clean, chemical sort of smell if that makes sense. I went to town putting it on, putting several pumps of mousse on all my limbs and on my torso. When I rinsed it off, I had to really scrub it with a washcloth but it really worked! (The bottle recommends using a tan remover mitt to scrub it for best results but I didn’t have one on hand and honestly haven’t gotten around to trying one. If you think they’re worth it let me know in the comments, I’m still skeptical for some reason.)

This tan remover really works, just see the photo below for proof! No more patchy skin here 🙂

Here’s a link to purchase this tan remover I used on Amazon, you can also find it pretty much anywhere that sells beauty products (Ulta, Sephora etc.) This is an affiliate link so I’d really appreciate your support in using it!