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20th April 2018

A guide to sun protection for tattooed skin

If you want to keep you tattoo looking fresh and how you always pictured, you need to consider immediate aftercare.

So you’ve saved up and thought carefully about what you want to be on your skin for life. The tattoo has healed and you’re over the moon. If you want to keep your tattoo looking fresh and how you always pictured, you need to consider immediate aftercare. No one wants a faded, sun damaged tattoo and to ensure that doesn’t happen to you here are our tips.

Firstly it’s worth remembering that tattoo inks are not lightfast, meaning they fade. Without sunscreen, this fading process will occur substantially quicker. Skipping sunscreen not only leaves you with a damaged skin and potential for other serious injuries1, but it will also cause your tattoo to fade which will mean a touch-up and more time and money spent or a lifetime with faded tattoo. Stay sensible in the sun and ensure you keep topping up the sunscreen, we would recommend SunSense Ultra SPF 50+ to give good sun protection.

Try to stay in the shade where possible, this will limit both the UV radiation from the sun and also any reflective radiation from sand or water.

Hydration is a key factor in maintaining healthy skin, tattooed or not. Always keep a bottle of water handy especially in warmer conditions to maintain your body’s hydration levels.

Finally, if you use a daily moisturiser use one with a high SPF rating too. This is a simple and easy way to top up your skins sun protection.

For more tips on how to apply sunscreens effectively  

References

  1. https://www.bustle.com/articles/143874-what-kind-of-sunscreen-should-you-wear-for-tattoos-heres-what-a-tattoo-artist-suggests
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