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9 Quick Ways to Fix a Self-Tan Gone Terribly Wrong

Two things you need to know about me: (1) I'm super impatient and (2) I don't have a steady hand. Translation? I'm basically the world's worst candidate for self-tanner (and, well, life as a whole). But since even someone as lazy and ill-equipped as myself can't help but want bronzed, glowy-AF skin without the sun damage, I decided I was finally ready to give self-tanning a go this year. Before I tried any mousses, creams, or sprays, though, I first became an actual expert on how to remove self-tanner—'cause, let's be real, there was no way I was going to get through it without a few f*ck ups.

So, if you're starting your fake tan journey for the very first time—or even if you're a seasoned pro who makes a mistake every now and again—do yourself a favor and grab one of these top-rated oils, creams, exfoliators, and sprays, below, before you get started. I'll save myself the public embarrassment by admitting just how terrible my first self-tan came out (I've since gotten the hang of it, k?) but I will say that these babies are actual life savers. Trust me, an actual newb.