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Super Simple Tattoo Care Tips To Follow This Summer

Words by Adam Jolley
Super Simple Tattoo Care Tips To Follow This Summer

Sun, sand, sea and... tattoo skincare. Here's some simple advice for keeping those tats looking tiptop this summer.

Summer can pose a few extra challenges when keeping your tattoos looking their brightest and best. But fear not, effective tattoo skincare doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some super easy care tips to help you protect your ink during the summer months.

Shield your ink from the Sun

Of all the tips, this one is perhpas most important during ther summer. The sun’s UV rays can cause tattoos to fade and lose their brilliance. To prevent this, always apply a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen to your tattoos whenever they’re exposed to sunlight. With new tattoos, it's best to keep them out of the sun completely until they're fully healed.

Stay hydrated

Hydration is key to keeping your skin—and your tattoos—looking great. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin moisturised from the inside out. Hydrated skin heals better and maintains the vibrancy of your tattoos, so make it a habit to carry a water bottle with you.

Moisturise regularly

Spending all day at the beach or pool is what summer's about. However, too much water exposure can be detrimental to your tattoos. Chlorine in pools and saltwater in the ocean can fade your ink and dry out your skin. As well as potentially limiting your time in the water (easier said than done!), an easy way to care for your tats is to always rinse off and moisturise after swimming.

Wear protective clothing

If you plan to be outdoors for extended periods, consider wearing light, protective clothing to shield your tattoos from the sun. Loose, breathable fabrics like cotton can keep you cool while protecting your ink. Hats and UV-protective sleeves are also great options for additional coverage.

Gently exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is a great way to remove dead skin cells and keep your skin looking fresh, but it should be done with caution around tattoos. Use a gentle tattoo exfoliator on healed ink (and avoid scrubbing at all if they're still freshly done).

Avoid scratching and picking

Summer can sometimes bring about skin irritations, such as insect bites or heat rashes. Avoid scratching or picking at your skin, especially over your tattoos, as this can cause damage and affect the appearance of your ink. Use soothing lotions or creams to alleviate any itching.

Regularly check your tattoos

Keep an eye on your tattoos throughout the summer for any signs of fading, dryness, or irritation. If you notice any issues, address them promptly with proper care and, if necessary, consult your tattoo artist or a dermatologist for advice.