Many people have scars on their bodies. Maybe the scar can be traced back to an accident you had when you were young, or maybe you have it because of some other issue.

Whatever the reason, you’ve got scars you aren’t comfortable with, and you are wondering if an artificial tan can help you cover them up.

Could a Tan do the Trick?

The answer is yes. An artificial tan can help conceal some of your scars as long as you apply it correctly.

This is a better solution to your scar issue than something like microdermabrasion therapy, which is invasive. An artificial tan can help, and it could be done at home with a good self tanner.

Now, there are a few things to worry about if you are thinking of doing this. For example, your type of skin could play a factor in how you’ll be using a self tanner. The types of scars you have could also play a factor.

Most folks who try to use fake tans to conceal imperfections on the skin usually have relatively small imperfections. Sometimes, it is a little cellulite or a few blemishes here or there. There may be some light scarring they are trying to hide.

Those who were able to conceal these imperfections using a regular concealer and foundation might find this solution even better.

A blend of concealer and foundation might work, but it will also look a little cake like, and no one wants that look. On top of that, this solution doesn’t last more than a day, which means you have to start the process again the next day.


How Will the Self Tanner Work?

This at-home tanner will give the skin surface a pigmented sheer wash. You aren’t covering anything up like with makeup.

What you are doing is giving the surface skin cells a different color along with a shine. Think of this fake tan as a dye that is giving your skin a different look.

The reason this approach works for scars, blemishes, and other imperfections is because these imperfections are usually slightly discolored. Using a self tanner will make your skin one color, including those imperfections.

Fake tans work because of the DHA content within. For those who do not know, DHA or dihydroxyacetone is a chemical that darkens cells the moment it touches them.

All the skin cells on top of your skin, including your dead skin cells, are the ones that change after coming in contact with this chemical. The changes won’t go away, so you won’t have to worry about them for some time.


Things to Keep in Mind

You are probably wondering if all imperfections can be taken care of this way. It would be nice to say that fake tanning is a perfect solution, but it isn’t. The amount of damage done to the skin could make it harder for the fake tan to work.

The depth and overall thickness of the scar matters. If it’s too deep or too thick, then you probably will still be able to see it after the application. This solution usually works best on very old imperfections. The older your markings are, the better they will absorb the tanning product.

If you aren’t sure your scars, blemishes, or other skin imperfections might react, then consider spot checking. What you’ll have to do is apply a little of the product directly to the area you are worried about. Allow that area to develop for about eight hours to see how the imperfections will react to the solution.

To apply to your skin, make sure your skin is product free and that it is clean. If possible, exfoliate before you apply the product to get the best, long-lasting results.

As a general rule, remember that deeper or darker tans work best for deeper imperfections. 


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