The summer sun is on its way, and while that means fun times at the beach, it also means the increased intensity of a California 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.