The Trick to Hiding Stretch Marks While Swimming

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A lot of women are worried about hiding stretch marks while swimming. Going to the beach or the pool is already a difficult experience because the little to no clothing makes us feel somewhat self-conscious about any extra pounds, body hairs, marks, or any other things we’d much rather conceal.

In this article, we’ll talk a bit about covering stretch marks while going for a swim, specifically, as we’ve already spoken before about covering your stretch marks in other settings.

First of All, Why Do You Want To Hide Your Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks occur during pregnancy, puberty, or other extreme weight changes, for example, when undergoing a rigorous bodybuilding program. In other words, they are a reminder of a big event in our lives, or rather, a significant accomplishment.

As such, there are several people suggesting you shouldn’t be ashamed of your stretch marks, and rather than trying to hide them, should embrace them wholeheartedly.

Still, living with stretch marks can be difficult, especially when they’re in their initial phase, often seeing them red and angry, much like a wound or a cut. So the impulse to hide them away under a swimsuit, for example, is an understandable one.

Personally, I would suggest that before you look at the cover-up options below, you think about why you want to hide them, in the first place. Often, we feel we look ugly because of stretch marks, cellulite, acne, or other such minor skin issues. But the truth is the number one quality that makes you look and feel beautiful is self-confidence.

So you can do anything and everything to hide your stretch marks or anything else about yourself that you consider to be ugly, but until you feel confident and free in your own skin, those won’t do all that much for you.

How to Hide Stretch Marks at The Beach?

So while you work on your self-confidence, here are some great ways to conceal your tiger stripes when heading out for a swim.

1. The first, most obvious method is simply hiding stretch marks with your swimsuit.

Nowadays, there are several excellent swimsuits designed specifically for hiding minor imperfections. Depending on the location of your stretch marks, you could opt for a two-piece bathing suit, a tankini, or even a full one-piece swimsuit.

This option is often the most popular choice because it requires very little maintenance or touch-ups. As long as the stretch marks in question are on an area covered by the suit (e.g., the belly or the buttocks), you can enjoy your swimming without a care in the world. You don’t have to worry about your swimsuit shifting off the stretch marks or being washed off.

However, one major downside to using a swimsuit to hide your marks is that the ones that offer the most coverage (usually the one-piece or the tankini) can be uncomfortable, especially when wet or worn for more extended periods.

2. Hide your stretch marks using heavy-duty concealer.

It’s not uncommon for ladies to use a bit of make-up on their stretch marks. Nowadays, there are plenty of professional-grade body concealers of all shades and types that are easy to apply, lock into place, and are mostly water-resistant, making them easy to wear even in the pool.

Easily the most popular ones are the special concealers designed for covering tattoos for important meetings or formal events, such as a wedding. Since their main goal is to hide away layers of ink on the skin, you can see how they might come in handy when used on some stretch marks.

However, this option also has its fair share of downsides. If you’ve tried applying make-up over any scar, you’ve probably noticed that many foundations and concealers have the unpleasant habit of sinking into the crease, which often makes the scar appear even worse. This is a risk when using concealer to hide your stretch marks (since these are designed primarily for tattoos, they’re not created with creases and scar in mind, exactly).

Another issue in this may be irritation from applying the make-up on your fresh, red stretch mark. The concealer ingredients might end up making the stretch mark even worse, and indeed, that’s not what you want.

Lastly, some red stretch marks may be seeable through the make-up and may require some additional green-tinted primer or concealer to neutralize the redness. This makes it a very time-consuming process and means the make-up will probably need a touch-up whenever you get out of the water.

3. Tanning – is that even an option?

Some people make the mistake of trying to hide their stretch marks by applying instant tan sprays or going to the tanning salon before hitting the pool. This belief that tanning works for stretch marks is mostly wrong since the tanning doesn’t usually take into account the stretch-marked skin and may end up making the stretch marks appear even more pronounced. So my advice would be, steer clear of tanning beds, as they probably won’t do much for your stretch marks and may end up doing other damage to your skin!

4. Topical creams may be your best bet yet.

I think the best way to “conceal” your stretch marks is to work diligently on improving their appearance. Rather than slathering on some thick make-up, it’s preferable if you use a potent and healthy moisturizer on your skin daily.

Keep an eye out for products designed specifically for stretch marks and other such issues.

Skinception, for example, is one such product that uses Regestril, Darutoside, and other potent ingredients to moisturize and nourish the skin.

Another great stretch marks product is the cream TriLastin, which uses all sorts of great things like soy protein and Vitamin E to boost the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Hydration is your number one weapon, both against future stretch marks, and in improving the appearance of existing ones. By nourishing and moisturizing your skin, you’re essentially making sure that the skin is better prepared to adapt to any stretching (which may help reduce the appearance of future stretch marks).

These creams also encourage the production of new skin cells and collagen, which, in turn, fade the appearance of your stretch marks considerably.

And even better, you don’t have to worry about irritation, or your make-up washing off when you hit the pool.

5. Don’t forget to exfoliate regularly.

Both manual (e.g., microdermabrasion and scrubs) and chemical exfoliation (AHA and BHA solutions) help improve the texture and appearance of your skin by eliminating dead skin cells (that often make skin appear dull and lackluster). What’s more, they also stimulate the skin cell turnover, helping your body roll out a new, unaffected skin layer that’ll improve the appearance of the stretch marks.

6. Diet plays a huge part in your skin’s appearance.

Lastly, whether or not you eat healthily or get enough water in your diet is essential in deciding your skin’s appearance. The better your diet, the more you’ll be able to see this in your skin, so make sure you also eat and work out correctly to see a long-lasting improvement.

Final Words

Don’t worry so much about hiding your stretch marks. When you go swimming, what matters is that you’re exercising, relaxing, and having a great time. Besides, no one can even see your stretch marks while you’re in the water, so don’t worry!