Getting a tattoo involves an investment of time, money and personal comfort, but there’s nothing quite like seeing your dream design come to life on your skin. As Australians, we’re big on tattoos with almost a fifth of the population boasting ink of some kind. If you fall into this category or are planning on joining the club soon, there’s something you should know about caring for your tattoo in summer that your tattoo artist probably forgot to tell you.
As a skin clinic offering laser tattoo removal, we hear reasons for getting rid of one’s tattoo every day. People change their mind, regret a poor decision or just want to try something new. But a common desire for removing a tattoo that we see after summer is people wanting to remove dull and faded tattoos.
Even the most pigmented and exquisitely designed tattoo is no match for the sun. Many Australians are eager to debut their new tattoos in public and so spend hours on the beach and in the sun exposing it to the summer elements without protection. As a result, the vibrant hues start to fade or warp and what was once an eye-catching meaningful design now looks like a dull washed out blob.
Take the necessary measures – If it’s sunny outside, wear an SPF 30 or higher – even if you’re indoors, or your tattoo is covered with clothing. Remember that UV rays can penetrate through fabric, windows and overcast clouds to fade your tattoo!
Whether you’ve just gotten a tattoo or yours is a few years old, it’s never too late to start taking measures to protect it. We understand that certain tattoos are made to be showed off and that staying out of the sun is almost unavoidable in hot summer months, so the trick here is to treat your tattoo like you would your skin.Moisturise with good quality products on a daily basis, and this will hydrate your skin and offer longevity for your tattoo.