Spray tanning clients with scars and stretch marks

Tanning stretch marks

Q: What’s the best way to spray tan clients with scars and stretch marks?

During my 17 years in the industry, I’ve tanned more than 15,000 people and have found that a spray tan is by far the best way to even out and disguise scars or stretch marks.

An overall golden glow helps to disguise the difference in colour where scaring is but to get it right you need to do the correct prep work. Before starting the treatment, apply barrier cream to scars with a cotton bud to stop these areas appearing darker after the spray tan, as solution will stick to dry skin. This will also stop over-absorption on any scaring.

Layering the tan is another way to help disguise stretch marks but use a warm, subtle colour as opposed to a dark hue for the best results.

Many clients ask if a spray tan will completely hide stretch marks. Unfortunately it doesn’t, but the formula will cover the skin, leading to a much more even tone and appearance. There are even things clients can do at home with self tan to evenly disguise scars and stretch marks.

For example, non-committal wash-off tans are more effective than DHA wear-off ones for covering stretch marks because they’re more cosmetic and can be used like body make-up, adding more where it’s needed.

James HarknettJames Harknett is global creative consultant for tanning brand Fake Bake and has a tanning residency at the Away Spa at W Hotel in London. His celebrity clients include TV presenters Emma Willis and Christine Bleakley.