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Layering fake tan over stretch marks

2 Min Read Thursday 19th September 2019

Stretch marks are small tears in the dermis that occur after phases of rapid weight gain, such as pregnancy. Body builders can develop them too as their muscles grow as well as teenagers experiencing sudden growth spurts. They look purply-red when fresh but gradually become paler as the years pass.

It’s normal for most of us to have a few stretch marks on the tummy, arms, thighs and breasts as our bodies change and develop. If you want to tone down your stretch marks and hide uneven pigmentation then fake tan does the job brilliantly.

A layer of tanner works like a concealer, camouflaging scars and marks. It helps the skin to look even, smooth and flaw-free, lending it a brighter, warmer tone.

For the self tan queen

If you’re fake tanning at home with the aim of covering up your stretch marks, apply your tanner as normal over your entire body using a tanning mitt to buff in the product.

Don’t apply a thicker layer or focus on scarred areas in particular — you shouldn’t¬† ‘spot treat’ your stretch marks. Instead, you’re looking for an even application of tanner from top to toe to avoid a patchy finish.

If you feel you could go a shade darker once your tan has developed, simply follow up with another application until you reach your desired colour. Much like painting a wall, a couple of lighter layers is far better than a single heavy one and it means you’ll have more control over the richness of your tan.

What if I don’t want to self tan?

Opt for a professional spray tan and your therapist will do all the hard work to cover up your stretch marks for you.

Better yet, you could even go for a sculpting spray tan that creates the illusion of a slimmer physique and enhances the muscle tone, leaving your skin looking like it’s been airbrushed to perfection.

Unlike concealer and body foundation that needs to be removed at the end of the day the results last for up to a week!

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