Thee are many ways to cover up the stretch marks. One of the best and most commonly applied ways is by using a tanner. Here is how to do it:

1. Exfoliate your skin

It is a good idea to exfoliate your skin so self tanning can be applied more easily. You need a washcloth and moisten it with warm water, then rub the cloth on your skin in small circular motions. Cleaning the skin helps in giving a much better surface to apply the self tanner, making the application process much simpler and effective.

2. Apply the self-tanner

Once the skin is exfoliated, start applying self- tanner all over your skin of arms, thighs, torso and legs. Apply self tanner even on those areas of skin that do not have stretch marks. Remember to rub the tanner in small circular motions only.

3. Use a cotton swab

Use a dry cotton swab by dipping the swab into the tanner and applying the product on each mark. Make sure that you apply the self tanner even more if the stretch marks remain visible even after the self tanner dries.

4. Wipe your skin

Gently wipe knees, ankles and elbows and all other significant areas that are prone to absorbing more color as compared to other parts of the body. You can use a washcloth for wiping purpose.

5. Dry the self tanner

You need to give at least 10 to 15 minutes for the self tanner to dry off completely. Avoid getting dressed or performing any intensive physical activities for few hours after applying the self tanner.

Some useful tips while applying self tanners

  • There are some really good self tanning lotions available in the market that can be used to reduce and hide these stretch marks by darkening the skin.
  • Make sure that you stick to self tanning products only and not opt for natural tanning. Tanning naturally will make the stretch marks more likely to darken.
  • Remember that if your stretch marks are already very dark, using self tanning method for concealing them may perhaps not be very effective and make cause stretch marks to darken even more.
  • Self tanning methods are more useful in covering stretch marks that are light in color.