Tegaderm tattoo summer care: Everyone loves summer. Rightly so! After all, this time of year not only increases the temperatures, the mood, and the spirit of adventure. But also the probability that you can finally show off all your tattoos. Because the warmer it is, the more skin is exposed. But did you know that tattooed skin is extremely sensitive to the sun? Above all, freshly engraved motifs need special protection. We explain why this is so and give you tips to keep your skin healthy. And your tattoo retains its luminosity even when exposed to the sun frequently.
HOW DO SUNRAYS AFFECT TATTOOS?
Sun is the main cause of premature tattoo aging. The reason: tattoos consist of color. And color pigments fade when exposed to sunlight. You have probably noticed the same effect with clothing, photos, and paintings.
When tattoos are exposed to the sun, UVA and UVB rays penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. The problem with this is that this triggers photochemical processes. That breaks down and fades the color pigments in the skin. UV rays also promote the formation of collagenases. These enzymes break down collagen fibers, which in turn leads to drier and less firm skin. Another reason for tattoo aging.
By the way, you should therefore not only protect fresh tattoos from the sun. But also long-healed tattoos. Because tattoo aging can occur with all motifs.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A TATTOO SUNSCREEN?
To protect your tattoo from fading in the long term, effective sun protection is essential. These are our tips:
- You should avoid sunscreen on fresh tattoos. Wait until your tattoo has completely healed before applying it.
- Use a high to very high sun protection factor (SPF 30-50+) – even if you have a naturally dark skin type or are already tanned.
- Apply sunscreen as generously as possible to your tattoo. Smaller amounts reduce the protective effect.
- Repeat the application several times a day. Especially after bathing, sweating, and drying off.
- You should not only think about sun protection on a beach holiday but also on city trips or in everyday life. Our Color Protection Sun Stick fits in every bag and even in hand luggage. Thanks to the practical application form. You can apply lotion, especially to small tattoos, quickly and easily.
- The sun dries out the skin, so it’s good to use a moisturizer after sunbathing. For tattoo care after the sun, we recommend our Defining Serum. It provides intensive moisture and strengthens the skin barrier.
SKIN STORIES has two different sun protection products. That is highly effective in protecting your tattoos from fading. The Color Protection Sun Stick (SPF 50+) and the Color Protection Sun Lotion (SPF 30). Both products spread easily, absorb quickly and leave no white residue on the skin. Like all products, they also contain InkGuard-Technology. Which we developed specifically for tattooed skin.
FRESH TATTOOS AND SUN: WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER?
The regeneration process for new tattoos takes different amounts of time for everyone. However, we recommend that you follow a few rules with your new tattoo in the sun for the first eight weeks after getting it:
- You should only use tattoo sunscreen after the motif has completely healed.
- Avoid direct sunlight on the tattoo – it is best to wear loose clothing over it.
- Bathing with a fresh tattoo? D rather not. This applies to the swimming pool, the lake, and even the bathtub at home.
- Avoid going to the solarium.
WHEN CAN YOU GO SWIMMING AGAIN AFTER GETTING A TATTOO?
You should wait until your tattoo has completely healed before swimming. The regeneration process takes at least six weeks. If you want to be sure, you should wait eight weeks.
Going swimming with a new tattoo isn’t a particularly good idea. And neither in the bathtub nor in the swimming pool, in the sea, or a lake. Because on the one hand, the skin (and thus the tattoo) softens. On the other hand, the risk of infection is particularly high. Chlorine and saltwater are also bad for fresh tattoos. Because they irritate the skin and strip it of color.
FRESH TATTOO: SOLARIUM – YES OR NO?
You should avoid going to the solarium after tattooing. And this until your motif has completely healed. We recommend waiting at least six weeks, preferably eight weeks. As we have already explained, the sun and tattoos are not best friends anyway. And what is true for natural sunlight is even more true for artificial ones. The UV rays are particularly intense here. This is why the solarium is very harmful, especially for fresh tattoos.
TATTOO IN SUMMER: GOOD IDEA OR RISK?
Our conclusion: Summer is not the best time for tattooing. A tattoo is an open wound and factors. As high temperatures and heavy sweating are not exactly conducive to a good recovery. In addition, the risk of circulatory problems when getting a tattoo is higher in hot weather than in moderate temperatures. Especially if a longer session is planned for a large area tattoo.
We, therefore, recommend that you prefer to schedule your next tattoo appointment in a different season. Then it won’t be that difficult for you to do without sunbathing and going to the outdoor pool.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT TATTOOS?
With an airbrush or henna tattoo, the color is only applied superficially. The cells of the top layer of skin (epidermis) renew themselves about every three to four weeks in healthy skin. They migrate from the so-called basal cell layer from bottom to top and are finally shed as horny cells. With this natural process, the stained skin cells of the temporary tattoo are also lost.
With a permanent tattoo, color pigments also initially get into the epidermis. But they don’t stay there for long due to the natural skin renewal process. Therefore, with a permanent tattoo, the epidermis always lies like a kind of transparent paper over the color pigments. Which are firmly embedded in the dermis. As a result, the tattoos always appear a little paler after the wound has healed. Then directly after the piercing. A daily care routine with a special tattoo cream ensures that the top layer of skin remains smooth and the underlying tattoo shines.
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