The summer sun is just around the corner, and after a spring of being kept inside by more than just the weather, it can be tempting to spend long days out in the hot sun this summer. While getting fresh air can do you a world of good, too much exposure to direct sunlight can be a real hazard. In addition to the general health risks of excessive sun, it can also lead to damage for your tattoos. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when the temperatures rise to keep your tattoos looking their best.
Water is Your Best Friend
The best way to protect your skin and the ink within it is to stay hydrated. This comes both in the form of regularly moisturizing your skin directly and also just staying generally hydrated by drinking enough water. The warm weather and sunlight that comes with summer can dry your skin out, which increases the chance of damage to any work you’ve had done.
Keep it Covered
Your best bet for protecting sensitive skin or tattooed skin is to minimize how much sunlight it gets in the first place. When possible, wear clothing that covers your tattoo or take advantage of shaded areas to minimize direct sunlight on the skin. The less exposure your tattoo gets the better condition it will maintain and the lower your risk of any painful irritations.
Slather on the SPF
Of course, nobody gets a tattoo because they’re excited to keep it covered up all the time, so you also need plans for how to take your ink into the sun safely. The most important thing to remember, both for your tattoos and in general, is that sunscreen is a must. Choose a product with SPF 50 or higher and makes sure that you cover any skin that will be exposed to the sun. This allows you to show off your ink while also staying safe.
Minimize Unnecessary Sun
One way to make it safer to enjoy your time in the sun when you get it is to limit how much time you spend in the sun when it’s not necessary. If you know that you have a day at the beach planned, for example, spend a little more time in the days leading up to it taking care of activities that need doing around the house. By moderating your time in the strong summer sun, you can more freely enjoy the time when you have it.
Be Extra Careful with New Tattoos and Removals
While the above rules are always good guides to live by, they are particularly important when you’ve recently had a tattoo applied or removed. Getting work done leaves the skin sensitive and too much sunlight at that time can cause serious damage. If you’re in for a session at Newport Tattoo Removal or getting art added at a tattoo shop, make sure to speak with the professional assisting you to discuss safety tips in the days immediately following your session.
Summer is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still behave responsibly. By taking these precautions you can live it up this summer without worrying about damaging the beautiful artwork you’ve had done.