Top 5 Ways To Preserve Your Tattoos During The Summer
Tips from Jamie Wong at The Big Bang Studio, written by Misti Blu Day
- Aftercare: Always wash your hands before you wash your tattoo. Use a hypoallergenic antibacterial and fragrance-free soap. Do not use petroleum products for the first few days. Avoid swimming and over saturating your new tattoo in water. Let the skin heal naturally and do not pick at it or touch it.
- UV Protection: Don’t wanna wear sunscreen? Put on a rash guard. They let your skin breath while keeping you cool. Rash guards are great but they can get a little pricey. If you know you’re going to be at the beach for an extended period of time, pack a umbrella. They’re great for a nice break from the sun. If you love your tattoos then you need to preserve them and protect them. I recommend using a higher SPF while not forgetting to reapply. Forgetting to reapply can be pretty easy when you’re having fun. It is important, especially in Florida, to make sure you have UVA and UVB protection.
- Coffee Scrubs: I recommend Frank Body Brand. After a day in the sun, a good coffee scrub helps exfoliate and renew your skin. I usually do one 2 -3 time a week, after your tattoo has healed, of course.
- Cocoa Butter: You can find cocoa butter in most retail stores. It’s really affordable and great for your skin. Preserve the life of your tattoo my keeping your skin nice and moisturized! I moisturize twice daily, all year long. When trying a new lotion, I suggest that you apply a small amount to your wrist and allowing it to sit for a few minutes. This will help determine if you will have a sensitivity to the lotion.
- Hydrate: Keep you skin hydrated, not just externally with lotions but internally. Drink water! Especially in the summertime when you perspire more often or if you drink alcohol. Keeping your body hydrated is the best skin regime I can recommend.
*Jamie Wong is the owner of Jamie Wong Tattoos and an avid surfer and father from Cocoa, FL. Jamie also is very involved in the community. Check out his work: Jamie Wong Tattoos