How to Hide Stretch Marks
Stretch Marks Info
Try sunless tanning.
Sunless tanning lotion is a good way to cover up stretch marks. You should take great care, however, to perfectly match it to your skin tone. Spray-on tanning products can easily streak, so apply them very lightly. The spray-ons can also look orange, so shop carefully for a product that doesn’t result in that hue.
Bronzing powder is another solution if you want to cover stretch marks, while you’re simultaneously giving yourself a glowingly tan appearance. One problem with a bronzer, however, is that it emphasizes wrinkles and scars. To offset this self-defeating effect, mix the bronzer with cocoa butter, and then you’ll have a near-perfect cover-up.
Don’t try real tanning as a way to hide stretch marks. Both the sun and a tanning salon will only accentuate the difference in color between your skin and its striations. The stretch marks are grooves of damaged skin with a disrupted ability to tan.
If tanned skin isn’t your thing…
If you don’t want to look tan, try rubbing cocoa butter or olive oil onto your stretch marks, several times a day. The results are slow---about two months---and the marks won’t completely disappear, but they will significantly fade.
If you only have a few stretch marks, and they are quite thin and shallow, a concealer can be effective. Concealer is a very thick makeup designed to hide surface skin blemishes. It covers dark circles, bruises, age spots, and stretch marks that aren’t deeply furrowed. It can be applied with either fingers or a brush. For newer, darker stretch marks, a green-tinted concealer is best.
As usual, and for one more good reason, be sure to exercise.
Keeping muscles well-toned pulls the skin tight, and that makes stretch marks less obvious. Habitual stretching is also beneficial: it adds elasticity.
A toning and stretching regimen of at least three days a week should be deeply engrained in your life, for an endless list of good reasons. If the appearance of stretch marks is your stimulus to try exercise for the first time, be sure to get excellent instruction from a certified fitness professional.
At least one free training session is usually offered by fitness clubs, when you join. Let the trainer know that you want to tone where you’re scarred, and ask for a well-detailed lesson in the proper ways to stretch.
Choose bathing suits that hide stretch marks.
The skirty kind of bathing suit used to be scathed by anyone in the young crowd. Only the 50-plus wore them. That is no longer true. Now the fashion industry is turning out one-piece, skirted creations that are cute and even flirty. They hide unsightly fat and stretch marks on the abdomen, buttocks and hips, and this is why they’re making a comeback as a popular style for any generation.
One-piece bathing suits always conceal the stretch marks on the stomach. The one-pieces not high-cut, that fully cover the hips, hide any marks in that area. Tankinis are also popular. They are two-piece just like the bikini, but they cover the abdomen, and often are offered with mix and match options that make them fun to scrutinize and buy.
Boy-cut bottoms and boy shorts are now considered a fashionable option sewn into bathing suits. Cover-up skirting, like pareos and sarongs, are high-fashion off-the-beach swimwear. To cover up upper-arm stretch marks, there are coordinated T-shirts and tunics.
You can see why prevention is better…
Getting marked up because of negligent eating, or because of unavoidable circumstances, such as puberty, pregnancy, or weight-lifting, results in the desire to cover those scars. Not putting on fat in the first place, and using preventative measures when stretching the skin for good reasons, is wise beyond any smart swim suit selection, or the choosing of a lotion concealer.