We all care about the tattoos we invest in, but It’s important to protect that investment by protecting your ink from fading over time. Everything from the sun to the kinds of moisturizers you use play a role in keeping it as bright as the day you go it. So first, we’ll take a look at the things that put it at risk and then, we’ll give you tips on how to protect yourself against them.
Risk Factor #1: Where It Is
While tattoos are permanent, certain parts of your body hold the ink better than others. Areas like the lips, feet, and fingers are known to fade faster because the skin is slightly different and in more active places on your body.
Pro Tip: If you’re looking for something to fade over time, these places are just for you. If not, think about moving your design to somewhere else on your body like your arms, legs, back, or chest. Just remember, the more that tattoo comes into contact with other things, the more likely it is to fade.
Risk Factor #2: Not Following Healing Instructions
Tattoos, at their core, are wounds that need to heal. Our previous post outlines the importance of the healing process. Between avoiding infections, not over exposing it to the sun, and allowing it to properly set, the first month is critical to the life of your tattoo.
Pro Tip: Follow these 5 tips to make sure you allow it to heal the right way and start the life of your tattoo on the right foot.
Risk Factor #3: UV Exposure
Ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning salons damage your skin and more specifically your ink. That’s because most of the compounds that make up the pigments used in the tattoo are negatively affected by UVA and UVB rays.
Pro Tip: Some UV is unavoidable, but if you know you’ll be outside for long periods of time, you can protect yourself. Cover up or use a natural sunblock like Save Your Tattoo.
Risk Factor #4: A Bad Tattoo Artist
It’s important to do your homework when choosing a tattoo artist. The straightness of their lines, consistency, cleanliness, and precision all play a part in the lifespan of the final product.
Pro Tip: We can’t stress this one enough - do your research. Nothing is worse than having your designs poorly executed, only paying to get it touched up too soon down the road.
Risk Factor #5: Aging
Unfortunately, this one is unavoidable. Our skin naturally changes with time and this will most likely affect the way your tattoo looks.
Pro Tip: Choose places on your body that are less like to stretch or sag over time.
Risk Factor #6: Bad Skin Care
Healthier skin = healthier tattoos, so it’s only obvious that not taking care of your skin is bad news for the longevity of your ink.
Pro Tip: Wouldn’t it be convenient if you were on a sight that would help you do that already? Oh wait.