A little fun in the sun is a great way to add some color to your skin, but the downfall can be unwanted tan lines. If you have an event coming up and your tan lines are making you self-conscious, follow some easy methods to reduce and camouflage embarrassing tan lines so you look your best.

Gradual Fix

Step 1

Apply an exfoliating scrub to tan line areas in the shower to help reduce the severity of the lines. Gently scrub for a minute, and then rinse off. Follow with a moisturizing body wash and loofah to further exfoliate.

Step 2

Pat your skin dry thoroughly. Apply self-tanning lotion to the tan lines, rubbing it over and just outside the lines to keep a blended look. Wash your hands thoroughly, immediately after applying. Wait 20 minutes before putting clothes on.

Step 3

Repeat these steps every day for a week, or until your tan lines have finally reached a color that's well-blended with the rest of your skin.

Quick Fix

Step 1

Shower and exfoliate your skin with a scrub. Follow up with moisturizing body lotion and a loofah. Pat skin dry thoroughly before proceeding.

Step 2

Add a teaspoon of bronzing powder to your regular body lotion. Continue adding as needed until the lotion reaches a color a shade darker than your tanned skin tone. Bronzers come in a variety of dark and light shades, so find one that matches your skin tone.

Step 3

Using a makeup sponge, apply the lotion and bronzer mix to your tan lines, blending outward so the mixture blends into your skin. Rub it in thoroughly, and apply more as needed. If the mix is too dark, wash the area with soap and warm water, and try making the mix again using a little less bronzer.