Will a Self-Tanner Help Cover Scars and Stretch Marks?

Not all scars and stretch marks react to a self-tan in the same way. However, some general patterns may give you a clue as to what to expect.

If you have scars and stretch marks, you may be considering self-tanner as a way to disguise them. Alternatively, you may be a self-tan lover but worry that a tan will make your skin's flaws stand out even more.


Will a Self-Tanner Help Cover Scars and Stretch MarksWill a Self-Tanner Help Cover Scars and Stretch Marks


Covering Scars with Self-Tanner

Scar tissue is different from normal skin tissue and can react very unpredictably to self-tanners. Some people may notice that the tan darkens scar tissue and helps it blend into the surrounding skin.

Others notice no difference. Some users claim the tan actually accentuates the scar tissue, as the surrounding skin darkens whilst the scar tissue doesn't.

Typically, small, superficial scars will darken along with your skin, whereas larger and deeper scars won't react as well. However, this is only a general rule, and everyone's scars are different.

The best way to see if your self-tanner is going to positively or negative affect your scarring is to do a small patch test on the area. We recommend using a self-tanning lotion such asClinique Body Tinted Lotion Medium - Deep on scars, because lotions give the most precision and control.

Exfoliate the area prior to performing your self-tan patch test to ensure a smooth surface. After a full 8 to 10 hours, assess how the scar tissue and surrounding skin looks in order to see if the self-tanner has helped.




Covering Stretch Marks with Self-Tanner

Similar questions are raised as to whether self-tanner can disguise stretch marks. Generally speaking, older stretch marks that are white or silvery can be disguised, whilst newer red or purple stretch marks may be more difficult to work. The freshly injured skin doesn't absorb the tanning solution as easily.

Tanning can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, hide vitiligo, and make you appear slimmer and more toned. If you use a self-tanner with a built-in moisturiser such as La Mav Bronze Organic Gradual Tanning Moisturiser - Medium, your skin will also benefit from this additional hydration.

There are many benefits to using a self-tanner. If you'd like to see if it'll help your stretch marks, we recommend a patch test in this situation as well. Again, use a small amount of self-tanning lotion and leave it on the area for 8 to 10 hours before checking the results.

If you need a little help in finding which fake tan shade is right for you, be sure to check out our guide How To Find Your Fake Tan Shade

Other Ways to Cover Scars and Stretch Marks

If you want to give self-tanning a go, then great! Head over to our self-tanners section for an amazing selection of products to choose from. However, if you've decided self-tanning isn't the best option for you, then rest assured there are other ways you can disguise your marks.

Consider using a heavy-duty concealer to cover scars and stretch marks. Try Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, which promises a flawless and long-lasting finish.

Alternatively, try a body foundation. We recommend Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation or Clinique Continuous Coverage, which is water-resistant and provides SPF.

If you have scarring or stretch marks, then self-tanning may be a great option for disguising them. However, results are unreliable, so you're best off testing a tan to see what works for you and your skin.

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