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Summer is Here: How to Protect Your Ink in Warmer Weather

Summer is Here- How to Protect Your Ink in Warmer Weather

The summer sun has begun, and while that means fun times at the beach, it also means the increased intensity of California’s summer sun. While it’s important for everybody who is heading out the door to take care of their skin when the sun is at its strongest, it is particularly important if you have tattoos and are worried about keeping them in their best possible condition.

Moisture Is Your Friend

One of the biggest risks to the skin your tattoo is in during the hot months is dehydration. When your skin gets dried out it is particularly vulnerable to cracking or scarring and this can result in permanent damage to your tattoo. Fortunately there are multiple ways you can address your hydration levels.

The first thing you should always make sure to do is stay personally hydrated. Not only is getting enough water great for your skin, it’s good for your health overall. This becomes particularly important on the hotter days of summer.

For more direct care for your ink, apply moisturizer before you leave the house on hot days. The lotion will put additional moisture directly into the skin around your tattoo to help it resist damage.

Protect Your Ink

While hydration helps keep your tattoo looking its best, it can’t do all the work on its own. The best care for your tattoo in the sun is protecting it from the sun. The easiest way is to minimize your tattoos’ exposure to the sun. Don’t spend unnecessary time laying out, and if you do, try your best to keep your tattoo and the skin around it covered and protected from direct sunlight. When that’s simply not an option be sure to apply a high SPF sunscreen to your tattoo and you’ll help resist the sun’s negative effects on it.

Don’t Rush Into It

Although the above advice holds true for all tattoos, that doesn’t mean that all tattoos are equally in need of protection. It is a good idea to practice protection for your old tattoos during the summer season. It is absolutely essential that you take care of any new work. In the days immediately following your session you should do everything you can to avoid direct sunlight on it. Your tattoo artist should give you advice on the healing process, but when in doubt err on the side of protecting the area in the weeks following the work as it is damaged skin in need of recovery.

The summer is a great time to have fun outdoors with your friends, but not without its reasons for caution. By making sure that you do everything you can to protect your tattoos you can still enjoy your summer without regretting it come the fall.

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4 Ways to Keep Dry Skin at Bay This Winter

Cold weather comes with a ton of good things: sweaters, scarves, hot cocoa and the holidays, to name a few. However, the weather also brings on some challenges, especially when it comes to skincare. However, the dry conditions don’t mean you have to suffer through dry, chapped and cracked skin for months on end. There are a few key steps you can take to keep your skin glowing and soft, such as:

  1. Work with a Professional

If you’re able to have a skincare professional on your side, that could make all the difference with the quality of your skin throughout the winter months. Professionals like those working at Newport Tattoo Removal have all the advice you’ll need to keep your skin looking and feeling excellent. Furthermore they can provide you with prescription-grade moisturizers and other medical support to help you get the most out of your efforts.

  1. Moisturize More Often

If moisturizing isn’t already a part of your daily skincare routine, make sure to incorporate it in the cold months. If it’s already something you do, do it more often. During these months, you may want to change up your moisturizer as well. Oil-based moisturizers are more effective than creams or lotions because they provide a thicker layer of protection against cold air and other threats while you’re on the move.

  1. Don’t Forget Your Hands

Typically, your face receives the most attention during your skincare routine simply because the cells there are more vulnerable to the effects of cold and UV rays. However, during winter, other parts of you are just as vulnerable, especially your hands, which (like your face) have thinner skin than the rest of your body. Use lotion liberally throughout the day and be sure to use gloves – preferably cotton to avoid irritation – when you head outdoors.

  1. Passive Moisturizing

Hooking up a number of small humidifiers throughout your home is a great way to passively moisturize your skin whenever you happen to be indoors. Your home’s central heating blasts dry air that pulls the existing moisture out of your skin, only adding to the problem of the chilly outdoor temperatures. Humidifiers keep the air in your home a bit more moist and keep your skin softer and less dry as a result.

By working with a skincare professional, and moisturizing in more places more often, you can effectively stave off the negative skin effects of cold weather this winter. Each step is easy to follow, and gives you your best and brightest skin throughout the holiday season and beyond. Need more help keeping your skin in great condition this winter? Give Newport Tattoo Removal a call us for a free consultation at: (949) 631-9009.