If you've got stretch marks, don't be afraid to show off your hips, thighs, and stomach this summer. Here's how to hide stretch marks this bikini season.
What are stretch marks anyway?
Stretch marks form when your body grows too fast for any reason -- this could be due to pregnancy, puberty, weight gain or weight loss. Because your skin can't stretch enough to keep up, long, thin, rippled marks form. You can get stretch marks virtually anywhere on your body. And once you get stretch marks, they're permanent.
The simplest way to prevent stretch marks from forming in the first place is to lose or gain weight slowly over time. Moisturizing your skin on a regular basis can also help to prevent stretch marks from forming.
Can I get rid of stretch marks?
Once you develop stretch marks, they are permanent. But there are treatments that can help lessen the appearance of stretch marks. Laser treatments are the best way to help fade stretch marks. Fractional resurfacing lasers with micro needling can help build collagen, improving the texture of skin. Stretch marks will become significantly less noticeable if the color and texture are blended to better match the surrounding skin.
As a general rule, young stretch marks are easier to treat than older ones. The NG-YAG laser can be used to target the blood vessels, helping to fade them to thinner, white-ish lines. Sometimes depressed stretch marks can be made flat, too.
How can I cover up stretch marks?
If laser treatments aren't an option for you, you can easily and effectively cover up stretch marks just in time for swimsuit season! Here are two ways:
- Concealer. You should select a concealer that matches the shade of your stretch marks. But don't choose a concealer that's too light -- it'll end up making the stretch marks appear more visible. Pick a concealer that won't slide off as well. Using a small makeup brush, apply the concealer to stretch marks. You'll want to use small, gentle strokes patting the concealer in light layers. Dust loose powder over the concealer to set it in place. Lastly, apply some pearly cream to indented marks, which will reflect light so the stretch marks aren't as visible.
- Self-tanner. Moisten a washcloth and then rub your skin with it using circular motions -- this will exfoliate your skin so it's easier to apply the self-tanner evenly. Make sure to dry yourself off well before applying self-tanner. Then apply the self-tanner to your entire body, and rub the product in well with circular motions. Extend the self-tanner from your ankles to feet, and your wrists to hands, which will make the blending look more natural. If your stretch marks are white or light in color, paint a thin layer of self-tanner over each mark and repeat until stretch marks look less noticeable. Allow the self-tanner to dry before putting on your bikini, and avoid any activities that'll cause sweating for several hours.
Flaunt your hot bod
Almost every woman has stretch marks. But that shouldn't stop you from sporting a bikini this summer. You can easily reduce the appearance of stretch marks by using concealer or a self-tanner. And if you're looking for a more permanent solution, laser treatments might be the right option for you.