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Sunless Tanning: Baking Is Out, Faking Is In

Sunless Tanning: Spot Fixes and Aftercare

If you've exfoliated and applied sunless tanner carefully but still end up with areas that are too dark on the hands, ankles, wrists, or other tricky areas, you can lighten them by applying hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or whitening toothpaste, Morgan says.  

"To get the most longevity out of your tan," she says, "moisturize, moisturize, moisturize." Prolonged soaking in pools, hot tubs, or the ocean will also fade a sunless tan faster.

Your face may need more frequent applications than your body because cells renew faster there, Ashinoff says. 

Also remember to keep using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Dermatologists say that many people mistakenly believe that their newly bronzed skin will protect them from sunburn and sun damage.

"The tan that you get with these products is not protective," Diane Berson, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, says. "There should not be a false sense of security."

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