Bikinis are fun and flirtatious, but they sometimes leave strange tan lines. Tan lines look unprofessional underneath business attire, and they certainly draw unwanted attention at times. If you stand naked and you have stark-white patches or lines where your bikini used to be, it’s time to get the tan line police involved.

Things You'll Need


Try switching up your bathing-suit selection to keep the tan lines from forming in one specific location. Mix and match bikini tops and bottoms. Go with a halter-top first and a string bikini the next day to keep the sun guessing.

Pick up a self-tanning moisturizer to even out the skin and maintain your tan. This is not a quick fix if you’re getting ready for a big event, as most major brands take at least a few weeks to work, and they leave your skin with a light-to-moderate tan.

Rub a self-tanning wipe or towelette across the area you want to fix, and wait roughly 1 hour for it to work.

Visit a spray-tanning salon, and let the sales staff know you’re looking to even out your tan without going darker. Expect to pay a moderate amount of money in upkeep if you plan to go to a tanning salon on a regular basis.

Apply Self-Tanning Lotion

Jump in the shower and exfoliate your skin. This helps to remove dead skin and also makes for a smoother application process and long-lasting results.

Put on a dark bikini or stay in your birthday suit. Make sure the bikini straps don’t cover the tan lines you’re trying to correct.

Slip on a pair of thin surgical gloves. You can find them at your local drug store. If you prefer to use your hands, make sure to wash them every few minutes to avoid staining.

Apply self-tanning lotion using a circular motion. Start with the feet and work your way up to the neck and shoulders. Use lotion sparingly on your feet, ankles, elbows and neck.

Let self-tanning lotion dry. Check the bottle for specific drying times. Make sure to wait at least 15 minutes before you don your clothes.

Apply a daily moisturizer to your skin to help hold the tan and reduce the appearance of dry skin.

Tips

  • Cut a lemon in half and rub it on areas where you need to fix streaking.