How to Tan to Hide Stretch Marks


Stretch marks are streaks on the skin that develop when the skin thins and loses elasticity, according to the Columbia University's Health Q&A Internet Service. They can develop during puberty, rapid weight gain or pregnancy. Tanning stretch marks is one of the easiest ways to hide stretch marks or make them less noticeable. Follow these simple directions.

Things You'll Need

  • Tanning bed
  • Sun exposure
  • Tanning lotion or spray

Tan regularly to get the best tan. recommends exposing the areas with stretch marks to the sun so that they will be exposed directly to the heat of the sun. Proper sunblock application procedures should be followed to avoid any dangerous effects from sun exposure.

Use a sunless tanning spray or lotion to give your body a bronze finish. Choose a product that is right for your skin type to make sure your skin absorbs the lotion or spray efficiently.

Lie in a tanning bed during winter months when it is impractical to lie outdoors. Be sure to rotate your body to make sure you don't end up with weird tan lines.

Moisturize your skin regularly. Use a moisturizer with collagen elastin, which will help to increase your skin's elasticity and hopefully prevent future stretch marks. Moisturizing is essential in maintaining a good tan.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a cocoa butter product to moisturize. Cocoa butter has been shown to reduce the signs of stretch marks.
  • Over exposure to the sun or tanning beds can damage your skin.
  • Consult a doctor before beginning any tanning regimen.

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