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July 3, 2018

Summer Tattoo Care: Keep Your Ink Protected

Summertime is the perfect time to show off your tattoos. It’s the season to break out the tank tops, shorts, and sandals, and lay around in a swimsuit by the pool. However, you may not know that it can also be the time of year your tattoos are in the most danger of becoming faded or otherwise ruined. Here is what you can do to make sure you prioritize your tattoo health, so that all your ink, both new and old, stays looking great for years and not just a season.

Keep Your Tattoo Covered

Yes, we know you want to show off your ink. However, it is important to keep it protected from the sun, because the sun can damage your ink both during and after the healing process. If your tattoo is fresh, it is especially important to keep your tattooed area covered and away from the sun. If your skin sunburns or blisters during the three to four weeks while it is healing, the colors could be affected and alter your tattoo now (and even more in the future). Since you should not use sunscreen on a fresh tattoo, it is essential to keep it covered with fabric or clothing.

Once the tattoo is fully healed, feel free to keep it uncovered and out in the open. However, you still need to keep it protected with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+. Applying sunscreen regularly and limiting ultraviolet exposure to the tattoo site (and the rest of your skin) will help prevent skin cancer and prevent the pigment in the ink from changing color or fading.

Keep Your Tattoo Away from Germs

There are some other summertime pastimes that can be an issue for a fresh, healing tattoo, but are fine once your tattoo is completely healed. One thing you probably don’t think about is how water can affect your tattoo as it is healing. Too much water may draw ink out of your skin and damage the tattoos appearance, which is why you should avoid getting it too wet in a shower or bath. However, this also means you should avoid the pool, ocean, lake, or jacuzzi. These bodies of water are also breeding grounds for germs, dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and other impurities that could cause your tattoo to become infected. So be safe and avoid swimming for at least a full two weeks after getting a tattoo.

There are some other things to avoid due to the germ factor that are especially prevalent during the summer. For instance, you should avoid shaving over the newly-tattooed area so it can heal without introducing bacteria or shaving off the healing scabs. Also keep yourself, others, and pets from touching (or licking) the tattoo as well. If you get a foot tattoo, don’t wear sandals. Wear loose-fitting tennis shoes and avoid shoes that are tight or will rub. One last thing to keep in mind is to try not to hit the gym if you have a large tattoo, or one that’s on your joints until it heals, otherwise it can delay the healing process.

Here at Nat-A-Tat2, we are committed to making sure your ink and skin is well cared for as your tattoo heals, and making sure it keeps it looking good for years to come. Our tattoo care instructions can help you ensure an optimal tattoo healing process, and our tattoo aftercare products are all-natural, 100% USDA certified organic tattoo, and vegan so you can feel confident and comfortable with what you put on your skin.