Does Spray Tan Cover Stretch Marks?

Does Spray Tan Cover Stretch Marks

Golden hued, blemish-less skin is what you always expect on your jaunting! But, the scars, stretch marks, cellulite, and other similar skin conditions create the revolting look. These flaws can occur due to abnormal weight loss or gain, hormonal factors, and other external influences. But, does spray tan cover stretch marks?

Spray tan reacts with the skin’s top layer and even out the pigment of scars and stretch marks. Thus, this process covers the blemishes quickly. But, its result is not long-lasting, and the smoothened look stays temporary.

By this article, you understand the concealing behavior of the spray tan, the apt method of preparing your skin pre-tan, and other tricks that lead you towards flawless skin!

How Does Spray Tanning Cover Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks and scars stay unavoidable for most enchantresses, and they occur due to various factors. These blemishes are hard to remove and stay as a marked spot over the face, neck, hands, etc. The skin over these flaws suffers from no to least pigment cells and thus appears pale and indifferent from its surrounding surface.

By undergoing a natural sunbath or tanning bed session, the tanned result appears when the UV rays react with melanocytes. But, since these blemished surfaces have no darkening cells, these tanning methods stay ineffective in covering the blemishes.

So, spray tan stays as the best solution for this issue. It provides a darker shade with its skin-safe chemical called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). By having a spray tan session, you spray the tanning lotion having DHA over your skin. This tanning solution is neither the foundation nor other cosmetics, that cover up the skin entirely and create an artificial look.

It is basically the transparent solution that works with the skin’s top layer, without impacting the pigment cells, to furnish the caramel hue. Thus, the spray tan method can effectively darken the scars and stretch marks and make the blemishes evened-out along its surrounding surface.

Also, the spray tan result lasts from 5 to 10 days based on the level of darkness you attain. Similarly, the blending result of the spray tan is not permanent, and the blemishes become marked-out once the golden shade becomes dull or vanished. 

But, though the spray tan system stays effective for most women in concealing their blemishes, it may furnish uneven or ineffective coverage results over certain skin types. The odd patches become golden when the skin over these blemishes gets a better hold of the dying agent of the tan solutions.

This absorption level depends on the maturity of the scars, their depth, healing level, color, and other similar factors. Usually, the white stretch marks absorb the tan solution better and become easily darkened.

To further understand your scar’s response to the spray tan, perform the patch test by applying the tan solution to one of your scars. Its result will reflect the color-changing capability of your blemishes.

How To Prepare For A Spray Tan? 

Proper preparation of the skin leads you towards the streak-less, evenly tanned result. It makes the epidermis cleansed and enhances its darkening capability. It is important to understand that the preparation formula goes with the stretch marks concealing process too!

1. Exfoliate Your Skin

Make sure to exfoliate your entire body one day before the tanning session, as the skin, in particular the stretch marks, regularly build up the dead and dried skin layer. So, the shedding of these dead skin layers after spray tanning leads to the streaky, dull, and odd look that spoils the glow of the entire session.

Exfoliate - Does Spray Tan Cover Stretch Marks

By performing exfoliation, you gently remove the dead skin cells and make the skin cleansed. It also swipes the dirt and debris off the skin, which allows better penetration of the coloring agent, especially over the blemished skin surfaces. Thus, with this process, the skin tone becomes evenly darkened and blends the scars with other zones.

Please note that you should have the exfoliation process at least 24 hours before the tanning session to avoid sensitivity reactions over the skin.

2. Moisturize Properly

The stretch marks naturally suffer from dryness, and the exfoliation process further worsens the skin condition. The tan solution penetrates deeper and produces a darker glow on well-moisturized skin. So, be sure to moisture the skin regularly with your daily moisturizer to keep it fresh and deep-absorbing. It also aids in blending stretch marks into your natural skin tone.

The skin becomes too sensitive after exfoliation, and by having spray tanning, you involve lots of chemicals. So, choose the moisturizer with more thirst-quenching ingredients and no oil, fragrances, and other harsh chemicals.

3. Avoid These Products

You can attain the concealing result only when the darkening agent of the tan solution penetrates and reacts with the skin’s top layer. So, be sure to avoid barricading products such as lotions, perfumes, deodorants, creams, and others.

These products form a protecting layer and prevent the penetration of the tan solution that leads to a patchy and dull appearance. In particular, these products worsen the covering process over the differently reacting scars and stretch marks.

4. Do A Spot Test

As discussed, the tan result varies based on your scar type, depth, maturity, etc. So, having the spot test would allow you to understand how the tan result would reflect over your scars and stretch marks. You can have this spot test one day before your full-body spray tanning session.

For performing the spot test, dip the tan solution on one or two hidden stretch marks of your physique. Once done, you can wash the solution off and inspect the tan result. This developed tone is what your stretch marks are going to attain finally.

Related Questions

The following related questions clears-up the doubts and uncertainties that flare up in your mind regarding the fake tanning system on covering up the stretch marks!

1. Do Spray Tan Cover Scars & Bruises?

Yes, the spray tan and other fake tanning systems effectively darken and even out the skin tone to cover the scars and bruises. They act as the dying agent and work with the upper layer of the epidermis to create the concealed result. 

2. Does Spray Tan Cover Dark Spots? 

Technically yes. But in this process, you do not use tan solution to conceal the patches, but you do darken the rest of the skin to match the tone of the dark spots. Finally, you attain an even skin tone by blending the dark spots.

3. What Else Can I Do To Cover Stretch Marks?

As an alternative to the tanning system, you can cover your blemishes using foundations and base makeups. Though these cosmetics cover up the flaws, they do not create a natural and transparent look. It is also super-easy to apply, cover, and wash away these cosmetics over your stretch marks. 


Spray tanning plays a vital role in darkening the odd patches and creating an evened-out appearance. They work superficially and do not harm your epidermis. So, you can confidently rely on this process to enjoy healthy-looking, youthful skin with no flaws.

Be sure not to use skin-irritating creams and lotions immediately before and after the tanning session. Also, avoid using the bleaching agents, acids, etc., that you may use to get rid of scars before having a spray tan. Never spray tan the scars and bruises that are not fully healed. You can use the tanning solution over the non-sensitive, non-irritating, recovered scars and skin regions alone.

Following all these instructions, you can enjoy the mesmerizing caramel glow with no skin blemishes!

Yogeshwari Ramadass

Yogeshwari Ramadass

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