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7 Tips to Protect Your Tattoo on a Day at the Beach

7 Tips to Protect Your Tattoo on a Day at the Beach | Newport Tattoo Removal

As the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 virus, there’s never been a higher premium on finding fun outdoor activities that can be enjoyed safely. One of the best things about living in California is that there is no shortage of options for ways to spend a day outside in the sun while maintaining safe distances. You have a lot of great options at your disposal, not least of which is a day at the beach. Before heading out for a day of fun in the sun, however, it’s important to know how to care for your tattoos on a sunny day at the beach.

1) Take Extra Precautions For Fresh Work

Proper sun care is important anytime you’re heading to the beach, but it is particularly true if you have recently had a tattoo or laser tattoo removal. Both tattoo removal and a new tattoo can make your skin extra sensitive in the days that follow, and you should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun until your skin has had enough time to heal.

2) Always Apply Sunscreen

Even when taking full precautions, a day at the beach is still likely to include a lot of time exposing your skin to the sun, so you should be sure to apply a minimum of SPF 50 before you go. Remember that some lighter clothing may not be providing full UV protection, too, so even skin you expect to be covered can benefit from having sunscreen applied.

3) Bring Some Shade

While laying out in the sun is a great way to work on your tan, it’s also a big risk. If you intend to be at the beach all day, make sure to bring either an umbrella or a tent so you have somewhere shaded to relax when you need a break from direct sunlight.

4) Wear Cover for Your Tattoos

You didn’t get your tattoos just to keep them covered all the time, but it can provide a good solution when you need just a little extra protection. Wearing clothes that cover your ink if you’ve got a new tattoo, or even just wearing something as cover for part of the day if you’ll be at the beach all day long, is a simple way to reduce any sun damage to your tattoos.

5) Reapply Throughout the Day

If you’re spending more than an hour or two at the beach, then one coat of sunscreen is not enough. Check your sunscreen bottle for instructions on how long it lasts. When in doubt, an extra coat is always preferable to applying one time too little.

6) Use Aloe to Soothe Any Pain

Sometimes even the best-laid plans don’t go off perfectly. If you find that you’ve gotten a burn on your tattooed skin, aloe gel is excellent for soothing the pain and helping the skin to recover from the sun damage.

7) Stay Out of the Water with Fresh Work

One of the biggest perks of a day at the beach is the chance to head into the water, however, you should be careful if you’ve recently had a new piece worked on or underwent laser tattoo removal with Newport Tattoo Removal. The sensitive skin needs to be protected from ocean water in the days immediately following a session.

A day at the beach is a great way to spend an afternoon, and with these safety tips you can ensure it’s as positive of an experience as possible!

Summertime Skincare Tips for Your Tattoos

Summertime Skincare Tips for Your Tattoos | Newport Tattoo Removal

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.