Stretch marks can have devastating effects on a woman’s self esteem, even if they are reassured over and over again that most women have them. And with swimsuit season just around the corner, those of us who have to deal with these silver or red lines might be planning to avoid the beach, lake, or pool. But don’t spend another summer suffering! Here are a few simple tricks for masking those pesky marks while still sporting sexy and stylish swimwear:
For stretch marks on the hips and thighs, cover them with cute boy shorts or a ruffled swimskirt. Look for polka dots, bright colors, and fun patterns to take the focus off of your skin and on your bathing suit and sexy beach body.
For stretch marks on the tops of your breasts, wear a tube-top (these are great because you can pull them up higher) or a tankini top that’s higher-cut. You can even find bikini tops with extra coverage; you just really have to shop around. Also look for high-necked halter tops or swimsuits with the upper part of the top half made from see-through material that goes up to the neck; you’ll still be showing skin, but the see-through material will mask your stretch marks.
Go retro! Retro swimsuits are great because they have higher necklines and aren’t as high-cut at the bottom, offering plenty of coverage. They’re also very fashionable, chic, and will make you feel like a sexy pinup girl!
The best tip, however, will allow you to wear just about any suit you want: simply use waterproof body makeup. Dermablend, which can be found at department stores like Dillard’s or online, is great for covering up stretch marks. Just be sure to have a salesgirl let you try different shades of it on your skin before you buy it; you don’t want to end up looking blotchy! You’ll need the Leg & Body cover (which contains SPF 15) and the Loose Setting Powder. For best results, exfoliate the areas of your body where you’ll be using it in the shower first using a product like St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub. When you get out of the shower, use plenty of moisturizer on the areas; Palmer’s Organics Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks is great for this job. Let the moisturizer set for ten minutes or so before applying the cover. When you apply the cover, be sure to do it quickly to avoid streaks. Apply it by tapping it on the stretch marks with the tips of your fingers and gently blending it outward in a circular motion. Let it dry for a few minutes, then pat on a generous amount of the setting powder. After two minutes, brush off any remaining powder with a makeup brush. It may take a little effort, but it’s well worth the results. Dermablend also makes concealer that can be used on your face, if you have acne, scars, or other imperfections you want to cover up. Finish off your look with some brown waterproof mascara and pink lip stain and you’ll have a sexy, natural look that won’t leave you feeling self-conscious.
I know it’s not fair, but there’s just really no way to erase stretch marks. Still, you shouldn’t torture yourself over them, and I hope these tips help keep them from ruining your summer vacation plans!