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Protecting Tattoos from UV Damage Keeps them Brighter Longer

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If you have a tattoo and want the colors to remain bright for as long as possible do then you need to pay close attention to this information, it can protect your health and your tattoo.

The skin over your tattoo exfoliates on a regular basis and usually it takes anywhere from 20-30 days for the body to renew all of its skin cells but without the right sun protection products a person could see their tattoos starting to fade.

To keep the colors of your tattoo vibrant the best thing you can do is cover it with UPF 50+ clothing. However not all fabrics are created equal, cotton (unless it is very thick like denim) is not a good sun blocker. In fact a lightweight cotton Tee shirt may give only provide a UPF of 15 and it’s protection is actually reduced when wet. If you wear a cotton shirt to go swimming you may only get the protection of UPF 5!

So check for clothing that is labeled UPF 50+ which means it blocks more than 97% of all UV rays.

If you don’t don’t have protective clothing then make sure to use sun screen that is sweat resistant and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more.

UVA and UVB rays from the sun are the leading cause of premature aging of the skin, fading tattoos and skin cancer so why risk it.

When you are wearing sun screen you should apply a fresh application every 2 hours, more often if swimming or sweating, it is better to apply too much and protect your skin than not enough and suffer long term skin damage.

If you want to show off that new fabulous tattoo and bare some skin to display your ink. the best time to do this is when the sun is not very strong, typically before 11am and after 4pm otherwise try to stay in the shade.

Lastly, stay away from sunbeds in tanning salons.

However if you think that sitting in the sun will help you get rid of your unwanted tattoos it will not work but it might take a serious toll on the health of your skin

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