If you’re here, you probably have tattoos and like to visit the tanning salon from time to time. So, you probably understand the importance of knowing how to protect your tattoo in a tanning bed while soaking up those rays. Tattoos are not just pieces of art; they are expressions of your individuality and style. That’s why protecting your tattoos for tanning bed sessions is important. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through the important recommendations on how to protect your tattoos while tanning.
The effect of UV rays on tattoos
Is it safe to tan with a new tattoo? The short answer is no, it’s not recommended. Must take 2 months after application. Exposure to the sun during the recovery process can negatively affect the pattern and condition of the skin. In addition to the risk of irritation, new tattoos, when exposed to ultraviolet light, fade faster, lose clarity, and there is a risk of burns. Green and red shades are especially susceptible to fading. White tattoos applied before summer may disappear in one season.
To ensure the longevity and vibrancy of your tattoo, it’s essential to follow proper aftercare instructions and avoid tanning beds until your tattoo is fully healed. Even after healing, using sunscreen or protective clothing is advisable to prevent UV-related tattoo fading. Remember, your tattoo is an investment in self-expression, so taking care of it is paramount for long-lasting, beautiful body art.
Steps to protect a tattoo in a tanning bed
When it comes to using a tanning bed, taking the necessary precautions to safeguard your tattoo and ensure its brightness and longevity is essential. However, it’s important to emphasize that we are discussing fully healed tattoos, and we strongly discourage visiting a tanning bed with fresh tattoos.
I will give you 4 valuable tips on how to protect your tattoo and not harm your own health.
- Covering the tattoo. One effective way to protect your tattoo while tanning is by covering it. Specialized tattoo bandages or wraps are designed to shield your tattoo from UV rays while allowing your skin to breathe. They provide an extra layer of protection without sticking to the tattoo. In addition, wearing clothing that covers the tattooed area is a simple and effective method. Opt for loose-fitting garments to prevent friction and potential damage to the tattoo.
- Using sunscreen. Select a sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30. This helps block both UVA and UVB rays, which can fade and damage tattoos. Some sunscreens are formulated explicitly for tattoo protection. Look for products that mention tattoo preservation on the label.
- Proper application. When putting on sunscreen for your tattoo when tanning, follow these guidelines:
- Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before entering the tanning bed.
- Ensure even and generous coverage over the entire tattooed area.
- Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours or as directed on the product label if you plan for extended tanning sessions under natural sunlight.
- Moisturizing the tattoo. This procedure is essential to maintain its vibrancy and keep the surrounding skin hydrated, which can aid in the healing process and enhance the tattoo’s appearance. I recommend choosing a fragrance-free moisturizer specifically designed for tattoos to prevent irritation. Also, apply the moisturizer to your tattoo both before and after your tanning session to keep your skin hydrated and your tattoo looking its best.
Alternative tanning options
For those concerned about the impact of UV rays on their tattoos, there are safer alternatives to traditional tanning methods:
These cosmetic products provide a sun-kissed tan without subjecting your skin to UV rays, making them a safe option for preserving your tattoo’s vibrancy. There is a wide variety of self-tanning lotions available, catering to various skin types and preferences. You can choose from gradual tanners for a subtle glow or instant bronzers for a darker tan.
Try to look for products labeled as “tattoo-safe” or “tattoo-friendly” to ensure they won’t negatively affect your tattoo’s appearance. Check the ingredient list to avoid lotions containing harsh chemicals that may fade or damage your tattoo.
To achieve an even tan while safeguarding your tattoo, exfoliate your skin before applying the self-tanner to ensure a smooth canvas. Also, apply the lotion evenly, including over your tattooed area. Be cautious around the tattoo to avoid creating a stark contrast. Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly after application to prevent uneven coloration on your palms.
These fashionable means are another safe alternative to UV tanning, as they involve applying a fine mist of tanning solution to your skin. Spray tans are known for their even coverage and can be customized to your desired shade.
These alternatives are not only safer but also offer flexibility and convenience for those looking to enhance their skin tone without sun exposure.