Does The Sun Really Fade Tattoos? How To Protect Your Ink
Tattoos can be expensive, especially when you have a sleeve done over the course of several weeks or months. Naturally, you might be wondering how to get the most out of your new body art and how to protect it from fading. In this post, we’re going to answer some common questions about tattoos and the sun, for example: how do sunburns affect tattoos, can I put sunscreen on a new tattoo, and what kind of sunscreen should I use on my tattoo?
How Do Sunburns Affect Tattoos?
It makes sense that the sun could do some damage to your tattoos; after all, sunburn is a very real threat for pretty much everyone. You’ve probably heard about how exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage and fade your tattoos, but how does it happen?
So, how does the sun fade tattoos? Well, it’s a direct result of the sun-bleaching effect and UVB rays. These properties of sunlight can even fade the colors in plastic, so it’s no surprise that it can do the same to your tattoo ink.
How Can Sunburns Damage Tattoos?
Setting aside the photodegradation issue, sunburns themselves can actually damage your tattoo too. This is because (though it may not look like it) tattoos are actually tiny scars. As we’ve discussed before, damaging the skin can worsen scars, causing peeling, further discoloration, texture issues, etc.
Plus, sunburns aren’t good for your skin to begin with. So, what can we do to protect our skin (and our tattoos)?
You guessed it: sunscreen.
Can I Put Sunscreen On A New Tattoo?
Obviously, sunscreen is one of the best lines of defense against UV radiation – covering up and avoiding direct sunlight are up there, too. So, are you wondering, when can I start using sunscreen on my tattoos? Luckily, your tattoo artist will probably give you some instructions on how to care for your new ink. Generally speaking, you’ll want to keep your tattoo covered with minimal products (other than a gentle moisturizer) for a few weeks.
After about 4-6 weeks, you can start using sunscreen to protect your tattoo! Before then, keep it physically covered and moisturized well.
What Kind of Sunscreen Should I Use On My Tattoo?
If you want to know “what type of sunscreen is best for my tattoo,” we have some tips and tricks for you. Chemical sunscreens work by soaking into your skin, and many individuals find that this process can irritate their sensitive skin after getting a tattoo. We recommend that you use a physical sunscreen (also known as a mineral sunscreen) that will not irritate your skin, while still protecting your tattoo just as effectively – using a high SPF value will also ensure that your tattoo is adequately protected.
For example, our 100% Mineral Facial Sunscreen would be a great option. It’s not greasy, and it’s lightweight enough to wear on your face.
After you’ve spent your time and money investing in a new tattoo, you’re gonna wanna make sure you’re taking care of it properly. That’s why we recommend 2 essentials for your tattoo aftercare routine:
- Our Skin Recovery Cream for keeping your ink well-moisturized, protecting the skin barrier, and for fighting off itchiness
- Our Mineral Facial Sunscreen for protection against the sun. (Even if your tattoo isn’t on your face!)
>> Learn more about the key ingredients of our tattoo healing cream & how Rejuvaskin is always working to help you achieve healthy skin.