The arrival of spring is quickly approaching. The days are growing longer and more people are showing their skin. With more sunlight, you have a greater chance of exposing your tattoos to the sun. We would all want vivid tattoos and golden tans in an ideal world. The reality is that tattoos will become duller the more you spend time in the sun.
Do we need to spend so much time indoors hiding from the sun? It’s not possible! Even after getting some sun, there are better ways to preserve the integrity of your tattoo. Learn how to protect your tattoos from the sun and what happens to ink after you sunbathe.
What the Sun Does to Your Tattoo
Your tattoo is affected by the sun in two ways. It alters its color and blurs the lines. Your tattoo artist will ink the dermis layer of the skin. There are also melanocytes. These cells are sensitive to light and help protect the body from UV rays. These cells are also responsible for the sunburnt appearance of the skin.
Let’s suppose you get a tattoo of blue and then spend two weeks on the beach. Melanin is a yellow-brown pigment that melanocytes release during this time. It alters the color of the tattoo pigment and turns it slightly green.
How to Protect Your Tattoo From the Sun
It is important to protect your tattoo from direct sunlight immediately after it has been done. Sunlight can cause your tattoos to blister and can also bleach the design. Most professionals recommend that your tattoo be kept out of direct sunlight for at least 3-4 weeks. Your tattoo should be fully healed by this time.
After your ink has dried, your skin should be completely healed. Apply moisturizers with SPF 30. Regular moisturizing is important as the sun can cause skin flaking which can lead to fading of your tattoo. A thin layer of moisturizer will keep your design intact, without fading any of its color.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst Tattoo shops in St Petersburg FL. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.