In case you haven’t figured it out by now, exfoliation is the best way to get rid of a bad self tan. Another method of exfoliation to try? Dry-brushing, which sounds just slightly horrifying (watch Bridget Jones demonstrate it above). This one is definitely for when you need some heavy-duty removal.
Basically you use a body brush (like this one), in the tub or shower without turning the water on, followed by baby oil, and finally, a scrub on top of that. “Applying baby oil to the skin works well before exfoliation. Allow the oil to settle for about 10 minutes,” Sophie Evans, St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert, explained. “It’s highly hydrating and on initial contact, it will cause the skin’s surface cells to expand slightly. Follow with a thorough exfoliation [using a scrub on top of the oil] to remove the excess tan.” Then you can rinse it all off in the water. (Please–be gentle with yourself through this process–and we definitely wouldn’t recommend it for your face.)