It’s swimsuit season. You’re rocking your cutest suit. You think you’ve applied enough sunscreen during a long day out in the sun, but then the unthinkable happens. A tan with uneven lines has appeared! It may be a surprise to you, but tan lines can quickly develop if you’re not paying attention. These undesirable sun spots can form on your arms and neck, as well as on the skin around your swimsuit. What’s worse is that these tan lines can stay on you for weeks, even months after the initial appearance. You are crazy!
Fixing these uneven tan lines is not the easiest thing, but is possible with the right products. It takes just a little bit of guidance and some DIY tricks to restore skin’s natural tone.
Here are a few simple tips on how to even out tan lines very quickly and effectively.
Exfoliate… But Don’t Over Do It
Grab any exfoliator and simply scrub your skin and carefully exfoliate the parts where the uneven tan lines are a lot more prominent on your skin. The exfoliator can speed up the process of lightening darker areas of your skin. How’s that possible you may ask? This is how it works: the more you scrub the skin, the faster it fades. Make sure to moisturize your skin. Whish has a Sugar Scrub that works great. The Sugar Scrub is made from organic brown sugar and organic raspberry seed, organic strawberry butter, natural shea butter, organic raspberries butter, organic avocado oil, vitamin E extract and coconut oil. It also comes in several amazing flavors, including our top-selling lavender.
Because exfoliators do a great job at scrubbing the top layer of the skin, we recommend that you exfoliate with caution and if redness or irritation occurs in the area that’s being exfoliated, stop what you’re doing and let your skin breathe.
Try… Baking Soda?
You read that right. Baking soda can be used to fix an uneven tan line. You can do it yourself! Baking soda is an essential household item so it’s likely that you already have it in your home. What’s the purpose of baking soda? Baking soda has properties that allows you to tone down your tan and is considered highly effective.
You just need to combine some baking soda and water in a bowl. Stir until you get a paste-like consistency. After 15 minutes, apply the paste to the skin. This paste should be used for several days to see visible results.
Aloe vera gel can also be used as a home remedy. If you happen to have an aloe vera plant, it’s time to put it to use! Aloe vera is similar to baking soda (weird analogy, right?), aloe vera is packed with helpful antioxidants and potent enzymes that’s great for your overall health. But most importantly, aloe vera can effectively tone down tan lines in a matter of days. Aloe vera can also be used to treat sunburns. You can also use our Coconut Milk + Verna Correcting Gel, which contains aloe vera and clinically proven compounds that repair sunburns. It’s a natural remedy that is great!
Coconut Oil and Vitamin C
Using body products with either vitamin C or coconut oil (or both!) Apply these products to your skin.
Natural oils of all kinds are very good for the skin. Simply take some coconut oil (mixing other natural oils is okay as well), apply it on the uneven tanned areas, and leave it on overnight. Simply wash your skin when you get up in the morning. Repeat the process each day, and your tan lines should be barely visible after a while.
Our Coconut Milk + Verbena Correcting Gel also contains coconut oil, and while it’s helping to even out those tan lines, it also soothes sun exposed skin and helps reduce the appearance of UV damage.
You might also consider using products that contain vitamin C to reduce hyperpigmentation. These ingredients are common in skincare products that target hyperpigmentation. However, this method has slightly slower results—expect your tan lines to disappear after a few weeks. By that time, your tan lines should already start naturally disappearing.
Use a Self-Tanner
This is actually not uncommon! The best way to get perfectly tanned skin is with a self-tanner. Plus, your uneven tan that you hate? Say goodbye to self tanner.
Here’s what you do first. Let the moisturizer absorb into your skin by applying a thin layer. After the moisturizer has absorbed, apply the self-tanner to the desired areas. If multiple layers are required, let the previous layer absorb completely before applying another. Whish has a very popular Coconut Milk+Verbena Self Tanner Lotion, which is an all over body butter with self tanner and natural firming ingredients. This self tanner boasts amazing ingredients to keep you moisturized and your skin tightened, and because it already has seriously moisturizing ingredients, it isn’t necessary to apply a moisturizer before application. The paraben and soluble free self-tanner also contains organic soap bark extract and organic pomegranate oil.
Let’s be clear here. It’s a known fact that makeup is traditionally applied to your face. But when you have an uneven tan line or just a tan line that you aren’t a fan of, then makeup could be the trick. Make sure that you choose a foundation that matches your skin tone. The last thing you need is foundation that doesn’t match. Then you’re left with several tones of color on your skin. No one wants to rock the zebra look. Grab some foundation and a good makeup brush, then get on with the application. Kiss those tan lines goodbye.
The downside to this tip? You must apply new foundation consistently and frequently. You can do it if you have the desire and the time.
Evening out a tan that you weren’t expecting might seem like a nuisance, but it happens to the best of us. The best way, however, to prevent these annoying tan lines is to avoid getting an uneven tan at all. This means wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 anytime you’re being exposed to the sun. But this also means trying to stay in the shade as much as possible, and not spending an extended amount of time outside when summer temperatures are in the triple digits. While tan lines aren’t the worst thing in the world because they do eventually go away, they can be annoying and a sure sign that you need to be more cautious of your skin’s sun exposure.