Whether you are an avid ink lover or just got your first tattoo recently, you don’t necessarily have to flee from the sun or give up tanning entirely. But there are, however, certain care tips you should keep in mind if you want your ink to last for many years to come!
So today we’d like to give you some guidance on how to protect a tattoo when tanning in Boulder, especially if you are one of our regular clients or if your tattoo is placed on an area usually exposed to the sun.
UV Tanning and Tattoos
The first thing to keep in mind, is to always follow the aftercare instructions given by your tattoo artist and never expose to natural or artificial UV light a tattoo that has not healed yet!
After it has healed, you will always want to protect it from natural or artificial UV rays, as these can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. These are some tips to protect your tattoo when tanning or exposed to the sun:
- The sun is your tattoo’s worst enemy! So cover the entire tattooed area with the highest SPF sunblock available. You can apply it with a cotton swab to completely cover the outline of the tattoo, instead of leaving a border around it. You can also cover it with a piece of fabric that matches the size and shape of your tattoo, to block as much UV as possible. Re-apply sunblock often if you’re going to spend a lot of time outside.
- Burning the skin damages a tattoo even more than slow tanning, so if going outdoors, make sure to cover it with sunblock as stated above and do not burn! Indoor tanning at Veranda Sun gives you complete control over the exposure times, so you won’t burn but you still need to protect the tattoo from UV light. Applying sunscreen lotion will not stop your tattoo’s natural aging process, but it will lessen the effects of sun exposure.
- Moisturize your skin every day, especially after a tanning session or if your skin feels dry, itchy or if it becomes flaky. This will prevent loosing bits of skin that could slowly drain the ink of your tattoo.
Spray Tanning and Tattoos
If you are concerned about your tattoo losing color or being damaged with a spray tan solution, don’t be! As long as the tattoo is completely healed, nothing can hurt it that doesn’t hurt the rest of your skin.
While lighter colors on tattoos may get a bit darker from spray tanning, it’s only temporary and if you don’t like it, you can wipe it off the tattoo immediately. You can also put a light coat of barrier cream on it to protect it.
The healed tattoo rule also applies to this case. Always wait until your tattoo is completely healed before exposing it to UV or getting a spray tan!
Veranda Sun Tanning Salon: your bronzing paradise in Boulder
Come visit us and discover why we are the best tanning salon in Boulder: we have 19 sun beds in total, our lamps are always new, and our staff is always friendly, professional and well trained. They know how to help you control the right amount of exposure your skin needs and help you get started.
We also have the best deals in tanning every month to help you achieve the perfect tan all year round! And if you are very sensitive to the sun or don’t want any UV at all, you can try our sunless tanning alternatives.