How to Protect Your Tattoos From the Sun

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Summer tattoo care is vital if you want to prolong the beauty and vibrancy of your tattoo. Even if your tattoo is in a discreet spot and whether or not the sun is hiding behind the clouds, protect your ink and keep it bold with these tattoo care tips.

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Apply Sunblock

Sunblock is the best form of protection against skin cancer and other sun-damaging skin effects such as wrinkes or a blotchy complexion.

If you have a tattoo and you're out in the sun you need to apply sunblock liberally otherwise your tattoo will fade quickly and lose its vivid details. You paid for your body art, so protect it with a sunblock that has a minimum of SPF 30 and reapply as instructed.

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Wear Clothing to Cover Your Ink

Wear a light layer of clothing when you're in the direct sun to help prevent long-term exposure to your tattoo.

Lightweight fabrics like cotton and gauze will allow your skin to breathe while adding an extra layer of protection for your skin. If you can't stay in the shade, this extra barrier will help keep your tattoo coloring bright.

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Keep Your New Tattoo Out of the Sun

Despite the likely excitement you'll have to show off your new tattoo, nothing could be worse than stripping down to your bikini to bare your tramp stamp or taking off your shirt to flaunt an old school Pin-Updesign before it's fully healed.

Tattoos need at least 10-14 days of healing time before exposure to the sun. Follow your artist'sВ detailed aftercare instructions before heading outdoors and remember, never exposure a new tattoo in its' healing stage to the direct rays.

By helping your tattoo to heal properly you'll ensure a better finished result and a tattoo you can be proud of so just hang in there.

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Spot Check for Skin Cancer

No matter your age, race, or family history of skin cancer, you're still at risk if you're out in the sun. Spot check your body regularly to look for any changes in moles. Remember the ABCDE's of skin cancer.В

Any mole that is (A)Asymmetrical in shape, that has irregular or jagged (B)Borders or (C)Coloring that is black, blotchy or uneven, and/or a (D)Diameter that is larger than a pencil eraser or an (E)Elevated surface needs to be examined by a medical professional to rule out any precancerous or cancerous skin changes.

Just because you have a tattoo doesn't mean you're covered up from the sun. Protect yourself against the damaging effects of the sun, be smart and keep your tattoo and your skin safe while you're out enjoying the summer rays.