Sunscreen for tattoos

Now that spring is here we’ll all be wearing less and less as it warms up.  But the sun will fade tattoos so don’t forget the sunscreen!

The sun will always fade tattoos even if they are healed or have been healed for years.  If you think of the ink as a layer of grapes laying under a layer of saran wrap then it’s easier to imagine.  They are all full of pretty colors like party balloons when they are first put in and they are dense so they look like a solid color.  Then we finally get a sun-break and want to soak up just a little bit of it.  The sun hits the grapes and they shrivel up just a tiny bit making small spaces in between them.  This is not too noticeable at first but over time they shrivel up just a tiny bit and then a tiny bit more and they become raisins with lots of space in between them.  This makes the color look very faded and much less vibrant.  Or this can happen with one really good burn or tan.  

The color is in the layer of skin below the natural pigment   So if you get a tan it doesn’t just fade the color.  Imagine taking a piece of saran wrap the color of your tan and laying it over your tattoo.  It will look much less vibrant while the tan is there.  

So if you want your tattoos to last cover them completely or keep applying sunscreen about every hour that you’re out.  And don’t forget the arm that’s hanging out the window when your in the car.  I keep a tube of sunscreen in my glove box just for those beautiful sunny days.  

For an excellent video and more information on tattoos and the sun check out this page:

Love your tattoos and they will love you back forever!