Home Remedy for Orange Hands From a Spray Tan

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Spray tans help you get a sun-kissed glow without damaging your skin by exposing it to the sun's ultraviolet rays. A downfall of the spray-tan method is that it can leave your skin with orange-tinted patches, particularly on the hands. If you don't use gloves when applying your spray tan or thoroughly wash your hands immediately after, your hands can be left with an orange hue from rubbing the product. If a spray tan has turned your hands orange, you can fix it easily using a few household products.

Step 1

Pour 1 cup of raw sugar, and 3/4 cup lemon juice into a bowl. You can use either freshly squeezed or store bought lemon juice.

Step 2

Mix the ingredients together with a spoon until a thick paste is formed.

Step 3

Pick up a handful of the mixture and apply it to your hands. Rub it over the orange areas as if you were washing your hands. The raw sugar exfoliates the hands, scrubbing off any dead skin.

Step 4

Allow the mixture to sit on your hands for 3 to 5 minutes. This will give the lemon’s citric acid time to work against the orange tone.

Step 5

Rinse the mixture off your skin using warm water. Rub the affected areas as you rinse, exfoliating one last time.

Step 6

Dry your hands off gently and apply a light moisturizer. This will prevent the skin from becoming overly dry.

Step 7

Place any leftover mixture in a sealed plastic container, and store it in the fridge. This process can be repeated daily until any trace of spray tan has dissolved. For recent tans, the orange tint will dissolve very quickly, but for tans that are a bit older, it may take a few rinses for all traces to completely disappear.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup raw sugar

  • 3/4 cup lemon juice

  • Light moisturizer

  • Plastic container with lid

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