If you want your new tattoo to look fresh in the long-run, you’ll need to take good care of your skin. Good skin care equates to effective tattoo after care.
Many people don’t realize how important skin care is to the longevity of a tattoo. Many activities that are detrimental to your skin can also be detrimental to your tattoo, and vice versa. So here are some important skin-care tips that will also keep your tattoo looking vibrant and fresh.
Yes, we all know regular moisturizing is the key to keeping your skin looking youthful and supple. However, regular moisturizing is also important to keep your tattoo looking fresh and colorful.
Dry skin tends to crack and break. When this occurs on or around your tattoo, it can make it look uneven and patchy.
On the flipside, over-moisturizing can clog the pores of your skin and lead to breakouts, which can also mess up the look of your tattoo.
You should aim to moisturize your skin with just enough moisturizer or aftercare product such as our premium tattoo aftercare by Placaso where the skin no longer looks and feels dry.
Avoid Long Hot Showers
Everyone enjoys a nice long hot shower once in a while. Except for your epidermis, that is.
As relaxing as they can be, prolonged hot showers can dry out and irritate your skin. They can strip the skin of natural moisture and damage the skin barrier, which can in-turn damage your tattoo.
You could always apply some moisturizer after your hot shower, but it’s certainly better to avoid putting your skin through situations where its natural moisture is stripped away.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can dry out and damage your skin, as most people already know. However, it can also break down the pigments in tattoo ink and even fade your tattoo over time.
Now we know it’s next to impossible to avoid sunlight exposure in your day-to-day life (unless you’re an introvert), so you should be wearing sunscreen every time you expose your bare skin to sunlight.
However, it should be noted that sunscreen should NOT be applied to tattoos that are still healing as it could irritate your already sensitive skin. You should wait at least a month after getting a new tattoo before applying sunscreen to the area.
These skin care tips are easy to follow, and should be kept in mind if you want your new tattoo to continue looking awesome. For more tattoo aftercare tips, check out our tattoo aftercare blog for more tips.