How to Protect Tattoos in the Sun

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Protect Tattoos in the Sun. You got just the perfect tattoo and you're proud to show it off during the sunny months. But the sun can quickly fade your tattoo, forcing you to get expensive touch-ups. Luckily, there are some things you can do, other than hiding your tattoo from the sun (and from every one else), to protect it from sun damage.

Apply sunscreen to the tattoo at the highest SPF (at least SPF 30) you can find and reapply every couple of hours, after swimming or after sweating excessively. Protect the rest of your skin from sun damage as well by applying sunblock.

Watch for times when you should apply sunblock to your tattoo, such as going on an afternoon walk or going to an outdoor activity such as a zoo.

Make it a part of your morning regime to apply sunblock to your tattoo if it's a lower arm tattoo, a hand tattoo, a facial tattoo or a neck tattoo, if your hair doesn't cover it. If you wear a lot of tank tops or low rise pants during the summer, apply sunblock to your tattoos in the morning, just in case. These places receive a great deal of sunlight during the day, probably more than you realize, and you may not think of applying sunblock before it's too late.

Protect new tattoos by keeping them covered for the first few months. Sunlight fades new tattoos very quickly. Do not apply sunblock to brand new tattoos for a few weeks; wait until it's healed.

Consider purchasing products such as Color Guard Spray. Designed specifically for tattoos, these products protect tattoos from the sun.

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