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16 Fake Tan Removers That Actually Work

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year ago | Updated
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If your once beautifully bronzed body is slowly starting to resemble a loaf of tiger bread – streaky and a little dry – it’s a sign that your fake tan needs to be scrubbed off, ASAP.

However, before you start going at your hands and knees with a rough exfoliating mitt, we might have something that’ll make getting rid of patches a lot easier (and less painful).

Enter; tan remover. Fake tan removers are the wonder product that help stubborn streaks slide off your skin. Formulated with a bunch of oils that break down tough tanning pigment, they’re ultimately a fast track to a tan-free complexion.

Whether you want to prep skin for a fresh application or revert back to your natural colour, here’s 16 fake tan removers that actually work.

Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self Tan Eraser

£16.89 £19.95 (16% off)

Over it? Allow Isle of Paradise to sort you out. Their Magic Self Tan Remover can strip off old, streaky fake tan without drying out skin. Not only is it powered by glycolic acid - an ingredient that gently exfoliates - but it also utilises an Oxy-Glow complex in order to keep skin hydrated, allowing you to reveal your freshest skin yet.

Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser

£4.39 £13.00 (67% off)

Bondi Sands are an OG tanning brand so it’s no surprise that they are just as good at removing colour than they are at supplying it. This gentle foam formula can remove patches and streaks in less than five minutes, thanks to a blend of innovative technology and nourishing ingredients. There’s no need to scrub your skin red raw with this shortcut.

Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser Gel

£16.47 £19.42 (16% off)

Tan. Erase. Repeat. Bondi Sands have a second formula that is just as effective at removing self-tan. The gel consistency melts away tan in as little as five minutes and leaves skin feeling nourished, hydrated and soft to the touch.

St Tropez Prep & Maintain Tan Remover Mousse

£14.97 £17.65 (16% off)

If anyone knows how to achieve the perfect base, it’s St Tropez. Their Prep & Maintain Tan Remover Mousse can be used to erase tan, correct minor mishaps and prep skin for the next layer of colour. The formula is so easy-to-use and effective that both bronzing beginners and tanning professionals can reap the benefits.

Rose & Caramel Purity Self Tan Removing Bubble Bath

£3.80 £24.00 (85% off)

Gone are the days where removing self-tan was a chore. Now, all it takes is a long, steamy soak in the bath! Kick back, relax and let the bubbles melt away old stubborn tan. Rejuvenating salts also help to refresh and prep skin for a new layer.

Rose & Caramel Purity Self Tan Removing Shower Gel

£5.49 £20.00 (73% off)

Another entry from Rose & Caramel includes this Purity Self Tan Removing Shower Gel. Making self-tan removal super fast, this exclusive formula reveals smooth, ultra-soft, tan-free skin in the shower! The rejuvenating shower gel dissolves away patchy tan over the course of a couple of days, plus leaves skin fragranced with a delicious mango and pomegranate scent.

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Fresh Glow Tan Removal Mousse

£11.21 £13.23 (16% off)

Everyone loves a fresh start, right? Forget excessive scrubbing and harsh ingredients as this tan removal mousse helps you hit refresh on your skin by removing old, stubborn self-tan in minutes.

Bellamianta Glycolic Body Scrub

£12.72 £15.00 (16% off)

Bellamianta make the tan removal process an easy one, even for the toughest of tans. Avocado and sunflower oils are combined with glycolic and lactic acid to naturally and gently exfoliate the skin, whilst exfoliating grains also aid removal. Your bod is left feeling smooth and clean from top-to-toe, and most importantly, tan-free.

Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff Body Scrub

£3.85 £4.38 (13% off)

Cocoa Brown come through with a three-in-one formula that strips skin of stubborn tan. This super effective body scrub is perfect for buffing away old self-tan in preparation for a new, fresh layer as it leaves skin silky smooth.

Institut Esthederm Micellar Aftersun Shower Gel

£18.50 £19.47 (5% off)

It won't erase a particularly stubborn tan, but this gentle shower gel can smooth out an uneven gradual tan, remove very light patches and prep your skin for the next self-tan application. Clusters of micellar molecules lift traces of tan residue, dirt and oils to leave skin soft, clean and hydrated.

Lusso Tan Bath Bomb Tan Remover

£7.46 £8.81 (16% off)

Lusso Tan are the creators of the original tan removing bath bomb and this game-changer really is the product that will transform your entire tanning routine. The Bath Bomb allows you to relax in a bubble bath for a self care moment while the hard work is done for you and your tan melts away.

Sienna X Eraser Self Tan Remover & Mitt

£8.95 £19.99 (56% off)

Removing expired tan from skin can be a workout, but not with Sienna X. As they serve up a highly effective tan eraser with an exfoliating removal mitt, banishing faded and patchy false tan is made easy. Skin is left soft, smooth and prepped for a new coat of colour.

Loving Tan Deluxe Tan Remover

£19.47 £22.96 (16% off)

Loving Tan come through with a two-in-one formula that makes the whole self-tanning process a lot easier. Working in just a couple of minutes, the gel gently lifts away all built-up tan whilst also priming skin for the next application.

Bare by Vogue Self Tan Eraser

£14.23 £17.00 (17% off)

Meet the self-tan eraser that gives skin a fresh start. Powered by hydrating botanicals, this mousse formula breaks down the remnants of old, stubborn tan so that you can hold back on the scrubbing of knees and elbows. It can be used as a pre-tan primer or as a tanning eraser to correct any orange mishaps. Simply allow the foam to work its magic and look forward to revealing squeaky-clean skin.

Vita Liberata Super Fine Skin Polish Moisturising Exfoliator

£9.95 £24.00 (59% off)

Meet the Super Fine Skin Polish that not only preps skin for self-tan, but removes it too. Beeswax, walnut and sweet almond oil moisturise skin plus buff away dead skin cells and stubborn patches for skin that's soft, smooth and sans tan.

UTAN Super-Strength Tan Remover


Ditch the exfoliating gloves and allow this tan remover to do all the hard work for you. Combining cannabis sativa seed oil and pH balancing technology, this mousse formula effortlessly erases patchy tan and primes the skin for the next application. Expect to reveal a clean, clear and calm canvas that’s scented with a delicious fresh fragrance.

A fake tan remover is one of those products that'll make you wonder how you ever coped before. Snap one up today and revolutionise your self-tan routine forever - you won't regret it. Check out our guide 'How to Apply Fake Tan Like A Pro' for even more tanning tips or checkout our fake tan hub to shop tanning products for the body or fake tan for the face.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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