Canada has some brutal winters, which means everyone is excited to enjoy the warmth the summer months bring. We all know that the sun can be harsh to skin. From skin cancer to premature aging, the sun is something everyone has to think about during the summer, but people with tattoos need to take extra consideration. Whether a tattoo is fresh or old, the sun can cause harm from delaying healing to speeding up fading. If you’ve invested money, time, and pain into getting ink you love, make sure you protect your tattoos. Here are a few ways to keep your tattoos healthy and fresh looking!
Cover Up As Much As Possible
We know, Canada’s weather doesn’t allow us to enjoy shorts and tank tops for too long. But it’s important that you cover up your tattoos as much as possible to prevent them from fading. If you have a new tattoo that is still healing, covering it up from harmful UV rays is especially important. Whenever possible, wear breathable clothing that will keep you cool but offer some protection for your ink. Avoid sitting in direct sunlight if your tattoo is exposed too and camp out in the shade instead!
Wear Sunscreen Always
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times, but it’s important to wear sunscreen whenever you’re in the sun. It’s recommended to wear sunscreen over all of your skin, but especially over tattoos. New tattoos will need it applied liberally. Even if you’re not planning on spending long periods in the sun, make sure you rub some on before heading out for the day.
Our skin requires moisture to keep it looking fresh and healthy. Keeping a tattoo moisturized, especially for a new tattoo, is very important. It will help the tattoo heal properly and help with any irritation. Even fully healed tattoos need to be kept moisturized, especially during the warmer summer months when the sun can dry out skin.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Moisturizer is great, but the best way to have healthy skin is to keep your body hydrated. Drinking lots of fluids, particularly water, is important for everyone during the hot summer months. For tattoos, a well-hydrated body will keep skin clear and moisturized, which in combination with lotion and sunscreen will keep your tattoo looking vibrant.
We know, we know. The freezing winters turn out skin pasty white, and when the sun finally comes out baking in the sun to get a nice tan glow is so tempting. However, this direct prolonged sun exposure can harm new tattoos and fade older ones. Not to mention tanning, either in the sun or in a tanning bed, can have other health consequences. So if you really want a nice summer glow, try spray tanning or another non-UV method.
The level and amount of precautions to take in protecting your ink during the summer depends a lot on how old the tattoo is and personal preferences. Some people don’t mind if their tattoo fades, so if you’re okay with that then that’s okay! Newer tattoos need more precautions to help them heal properly, like avoiding water. Make sure you follow all aftercare tips and ask your tattoo artist if you have any questions.
Most of all enjoy the warm months! Tattoos will fade naturally so don’t let the fear of a fading hold you back from enjoying the few warm months we get up here in the Great North. Just be sure to protect your skin and keep yourself healthy by following these easy tips. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or want to book an appointment to get a new tattoo!