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!