Tattoos are permanent, at least for the most part. The way you care for them after they heal can have a dramatic impact on how they look in thirty years. The skin on your hands is the most exposed to sun and friction.
These are some things that you should do and avoid:
Do – Incorporate After-Care for Tattoos in Your Daily Routine
Every person’s skin is unique. Some people have oily skin while others have dry skin. How often you shower and how often you moisturize depends on your skin type. You should moisturize your skin at least once a day, with special attention to tattoos. You should moisturize more on cold days.
Do – Avoid Sunburn on Your Tattoo
While we cannot all be night creatures, we can take extra precautions outside. The sun can damage your skin in just 5 minutes, depending on your skin’s UV index and skin color. Your tattoos will fade faster if you do more UV damage.
Do Not – Use Heavy, Pore-Blocking Creams on Your Tattoo
Many commonly available moisturizers can actually cause more harm than good. Many moisturizers are laden with strong synthetic fragrances. Although they may be heavenly-smelling, these lotions can dry your skin and cause problems in the future.
Do Not – Wrap Your Tattoo Constantly
While long sleeves and long pants can provide UV protection, they are not the best option. Your tattoo will heal, but the ink must be exposed to oxygen to continue the daily tattoo healing process. Even after the tattoo has healed completely, sweating can affect the color of your ink. It’s important that you get enough exercise, both for your heart and your skin. However, it is also important to not sweat too much.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Looking for Tattoo shops in St Petersburg Florida? Black Amethyst has you covered! They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.