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Protecting your Tattoo from the Sun

It's no secret that tanning isn't good for your skin, but it's even harder on your tattoos. Ultraviolet rays, while adding a nice bronze tone to your skin, drain the life out of a tattoo; the ink fades and slowly goes from brilliant to boring. This depends on skin dehydration, which, in a nutshell, causes the outermost layers of the skin to lose their tone and reduces the size of the outer skin cells, causing your tattoo to look faded. Also, UVA-UVB rays have a negative impact on the skin’s chromophoric agents: while on one hand they increases melatonin (which makes the skin tan), on the other, they reduce the presence of haemoglobin and collagen in the outer layers, thereby opacifying the skin. From a strictly medical perspective, tanning is unhealthy because the lack of hydration will damage your skin in the long run.
This doesn’t mean you have to forget about your tan forever; you only need to take some precautions. It all depends on how much you love your tattoos and how much you want them to stay bright and vibrant over time.

Sun, sea, beach and tattoos

If you want to spend plenty of time in the sun or at the beach, apply SUNNY SIDE by Tattoo Defender several times a day and make sure to protect your tattoos as best as you can. If you are looking for targeted tattoo protection, you can also try the SUNNY SIDE STICK by Tattoo Defender for precise application to your tattoo.

Tanning beds and tattoos

Not only are they harmful; indoor tanners will damage your tattoo even more than a slow, natural suntan. Again, make sure you protect your ink with a specific product such as SUNNY SIDE by Tattoo Defender.

I have a new tattoo: can I go to the beach?

Avoid sun exposure on your new tattoo and carefully follow your tattoo artist’s instructions. If you have any doubts, please read our TATTOO AFTERCARE GUIDE. You can use a sunscreen only once your tattoo has fully healed.
Find the SUNNY SIDE sunscreen by Tattoo Defender on our e-commerce or in the stores of our distributors.