Nicole Keen
Nicole Keen

Beauty Hack: My Quick Fix for Self-Tanner Streaks

To quote Queen Bey, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade—or a magic paste that removes self-tanner streaks! (That last part is me, not B).

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I should probably start by saying that I’m really new to the world of bronzers and self-tanners (as in, I’ve never used them before in my 30+ years on this earth). While my recent foray into getting my glow on yielded mostly positive results, there were also a couple of missteps along the way (mostly because I didn’t read the instructions carefully).


I used Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer for several days without incident—and I was really enjoying my new golden limbs—but then I made a major faux pas. One evening post-shower, I lathered the lotion on my legs and then promptly applied my favourite pair of cozy socks. Big mistake. HUGE. When I woke up the next morning, I discovered, much to my horror, that I had dark rings all the way around both ankles (so much for busting out my cropped pants).


Thankfully, my trusty friend Google offered up a quick fix using two simple ingredients that I already had in my kitchen: Baking soda and lemon juice.


You may recall from your pre hair-dye days that lemon juice (especially combined with sunlight) has a naturally lightening effect, and baking soda is one of the best (and cheapest!) scrubs out there whether you’re polishing your bathtub or your streaky ankles (cough, cough).


When I mixed roughly a tablespoon of baking soda with the juice of half a lemon, the resulting paste was exactly what I needed to kick my unsightly streaks to the curb: One swipe with a cotton pad was all it took to erase all the excess self-tanner. I highly suggest trying this at home!