Stretch marks are natural, often appearing as a result of weight loss, weight gain, growth spurts, hormones, and pregnancy. They are really common and are not something to be ashamed of.
However, some people prefer to cover their stretch marks up, and using self-tanner to do this can actually be really effective
Stretch marks appear in the form of jagged, whitish lines on your skin. They never really go away and are often there for the rest of your life. Avoid using drastic measures to cover up your stretch marks, such as skin treatments or plastic surgery, and instead find the right self-tanning product that covers your stretch marks and gives you a beautiful summer glow.
I’ll start by showing you the self-tanning products I think work really well for covering stretch marks, and then I’ll walk you through exactly how to use these products to cover and minimize the appearance of, stretch marks.
Let’s just jump right in.
The Best Self-Tanners for Covering Stretch Marks
Baja Bae is a tanning lotion that works to develop a tan in the sun, as a tinted moisturizer and an after-sun lotion. It is a 3 in 1 that works whether you step into the sun or not.
The Baja Bae tanning lotion has an incredibly unique scent, far from the usual self-tanner smell. The lotion is infused with caramel and Mexican vanilla essence, with an extra hint of coconut. It is the perfect fix when you need a quick tan for a night out, and it will develop long after the initial bronzing application, giving you a deeply tanned look.
What makes this lotion so great for using on stretch marks is that not only does it give even coverage, but it also contains natural oils that help prevent future stretch marks and scarring, as well as softening any existing stretch marks that are already there.
Just one bottle of Baja Bae Bronze Tanning Lotion covers many different needs, all helping to give you an even, flawless tan.
For most of us, stretch marks appear on the upper thigs and backside. With the Sally Hansen tanning airbrush, the product has been designed to focus on giving you airbrushed, perfect looking legs.
The spray on tan gives great coverage to freckles, veins, bruises and stretch marks. With proper application, you will be left with a streak-free tan that is water and transfer resistant. The product itself is really lightweight, making it comfortable to use and wear. It is enriched with added Palmaria Extract, which aids in covering stretch marks.
There are different intensity tans to choose from, allowing you to match your skin type and the tan you want to achieve, along with flawless, evenly tanned legs!
The Skinerals Self-Tanner Sunless Bronzer is a super safe, super effective way to self-tan. It is safe to be used all over the body, even on the face, giving your skin a natural and consistent tan.
All ingredients are cruelty-free, sulfate free, paraben free and vegan. It is incredibly gentle on your skin. The resultant tan lasts for up to 7 days, giving you enough time to enjoy your sun-kissed glow, without stepping foot into the sun!
Thanks to its natural and gentle formulation, it is wonderful to use over stretch marks, not causing any harm, but instead soothing and hydrating the skin as the tan develops, and for days after.
Using natural ingredients over non-organic where possible, this is the safest option for a beautiful, sunless tan that gives your skin a rejuvenated look.
This bronzer is a great way to achieve instant results, giving you a tan free of staining or streaking. Kollaren is a highly effective catalyst in skin repair and collagen production.
The cashmere extracts help keep the skin hydrated, silky and soft and along with Renovage, which firms and plumps the skin, the bronzer does well in aiding with the coverage and repair of stretch marks.
This bronzing product acts as a contouring and correcting lotion. It gives you a wonderful color and gives your skin an added glow and radiance.
It is DHA free, which helps avoid any streaking. The specially formulated ingredients go further to help keep the skin plump and firm while shrinking unwanted fat cells.
The Kashmere Kollections Tanning Lotion has been expertly formulated to be lightweight and with anti-aging properties.
Packed with ivy and seaweed extracts, it’s gentle anti-aging properties help keep the skin looking nourished and rejuvenated along with your beautiful new tan. Balanced with hydrators such as sweet almond oil, shea, and avocado oils, the lotion is gentle on skin with stretch marks and gives it that extra hydration and elasticity it needs. On top of all these wonderful ingredients, it also contains antioxidant-rich vitamins and the lotion is free of parabens and harsh chemicals.
It is a wonderful way to treat your skin with nourishment and hydration, all while giving you a summer tan to help and cover stretch marks and other imperfections.
How Self-Tanner Covers Stretch Marks
Self-tanner will definitely not permanently cover stretch marks or cause them to disappear, but it is a good way to help lessen their appearance for a little while.
DHA is an active ingredient in self-tanner. The DHA works by reacting with the dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin, the epidermis. Over a period of a few hours, the DHA causes the skin to darken, which then presents as a sunless tan.
This process does help cover the appearance of stretch marks, but it needs to be done so carefully. Applying too much self-tanner over stretch marks, and not over the rest of the body, will result in them being more pronounced.
The trick is to cover the areas evenly, and then touch up the smaller areas later on if needed.
How To Use Self-Tanner to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Covering stretch marks using self-tanner is relatively easy. You just need the right tools and the right self-tanning product. Be patient with the process, it might take a few tries to get it perfect. Each person’s skin reacts differently to self-tanner, especially when applying it over scar tissue.
What you need
- Makeup brush
- Face cloth
- Cotton rounds
1. Using warm water, lightly dampen the face cloth. Use the wet face cloth to rub your skin down in small circular motions. This will lightly exfoliate your skin, removing any dead skin cells or product build up on the skin. This will create a clean canvas to apply the self-tanner evenly onto your skin.
2. Apply the self-tanner to your skin, starting with your feet and legs. Work your way up in circular motions. Starting at your legs stops you from bending over to finish your bottom half with self-tanner wet on your stomach, which may cause streaks. When applying self-tanner to the areas with stretch marks, be sure to apply it evenly around the whole skin. Just applying self-tanner to the stretch marks might make them stand out even more.
3. When applying to your feet, extend the self-tanner from your ankles to your feet, and for your hands, extend the self-tanner from your wrists to your hands. This allows it to blend in evenly.
4. Put some self-tanner on a cotton round and use it to lightly cover stretch marks, especially if the stretch marks are white or very light. If you can still notice the stretch marks after the self-tanner has dried, you can try to apply a little more the same way.
5. With a wet face cloth, gently wipe your knees, ankles, and elbows. These areas tend to darken and absorb more color than the rest of the body due to them being dry and having a build-up of dead skin cells.
6. Let the self-tanner dry for the right amount of time before getting dressed. Avoid doing any strenuous activity for the next couple of hours which could cause you to sweat and interfere with the tan.
Depending on the self-tanning lotion you have used, you will need to reapply your tan in a week or so, to keep your summer glow, glowing.
Some people choose to opt for a gradual tanning lotion, which allows you to maintain your sunless tan by applying a moisturizing bronzer daily. This helps avoid you doing the whole reapply every couple of weeks, and is a great way to achieve the exact intensity of tan that you want.
Remember it is important to exfoliate before you apply self-tanning products, as a build-up of dead skin cells will cause certain areas to tan darker or look streaky – something none of us wants!
The Best Self-Tanner for Stretch Marks
You don’t have to go to extremes to cover up your stretch marks. Forget plastic surgery and invasive products, and instead use a trusted and gentle self-tanning lotion to cover up your stretch marks.
Not only will it give you the confidence of having flawless skin, but you will have an incredible summer tan, without having to spend any time in the sun further damaging your skin. It is a win-win!