If you’ve ever had a spray tan that left your skin looking orange with obvious streaky marks (which, yes, is unfortunate, but certainly not as bad as an actual sunburn and possible skin cancer), model Ashley Graham has a weird beauty hack to even out the faux glow. According to the 30-year-old, trusty old Windex can help fix streaky marks or overly orange spots after a spray sesh.
Graham posted a series of Stories to her Insta account, showing how she applies the cleaning spray to a paper towel and then rubs away the stripey, unnatural lines, which she explains happened because some water got on her legs before the spray tan had a chance to fully dry.
You can see the lines in one of her uploads:
Her Windex solution, however, is a pretty simple, two-step process, remarkably similar to Touala’s father’s in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Step one: spray paper towel with Windex. Step two: scrub your skin like you’re cleaning part of your house.
In the end, the cleaning supply and paper towel combo does the trick on Graham’s skin the same way it would if you were buffing toothpaste spots from a bathroom mirror. She showed off the results in a final post:
The only problem with this trick is that skin is slightly more sensitive to chemicals than say a bathroom mirror. Okay, a lot more sensitive.
“Windex actually strips the outer layer of the skin, removing a portion of the spray tan (and the skin),” Fabiola Trujillo, owner of a Miami-based spray tan salon, told Allure.
The main hazardous ingredient in Windex, according to a report by parent company Johnson Diversey, is isopropyl alcohol, which, in small doses, can cause dryness and irritation to the skin, and if ingested orally, even death.
So while Graham sure isn’t suggesting we take a slug of Windex, using the blue cleaning liquid to correct a spray tan mishap on your flesh still isn’t a good idea either. There are loads of other ways to fix accidental streaking, like soaking in the tub and using a cloth to exfoliate the skin in the problem area. Save the Windex for actual cleaning needs.