Although tattoos last a lifetime, it is highly possible for them to fade throughout time. While tattoo fading is common, it is not unavoidable! Taking proper care of your skin and being extra attentive to your new ink will help with fading, and will improve the overall health of your skin. To avoid fading and to keep your ink looking fresh over time, here are a few simple tips.
- Go to a Professional
If you’re looking to get a new tattoo, look up reviews for local studios and choose an artist with positive reviews. While getting a flash tattoo from your buddy with a tattoo gun or visiting an ameatur studio might save you a few bucks, doing so puts you at risk for several complications including a tattoo that doesn’t withstand the test of time. Be sure to work with trusted professionals like the artists at Certified Tattoo Studios.
- Follow Aftercare Instructions
A trustworthy tattoo artist should give you clear instructions for how to care for your ink as your skin heals. Tattoo aftercare is serious business, and is what can prevent you from having to deal with frustrating or painful complications such as an infection or fading down the line. Be sure to clean your new ink as frequently as your artist recommends with a mild, unscented soap, and remember to keep the area moisturized. This will not only keep your tattoo looking fresh, but will make your skin soft and glowy!
- Avoid Sunlight
One of the biggest reasons that tattoos fade is exposure to harmful elements such as sunlight. Try to avoid direct sunlight, especially with a fresh tattoo. If heading out in direct sunlight is necessary, be sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen (SPF 50 or higher), and re-apply constantly to ensure your skin has maximum protection.
- Avoid Friction
One lesser known cause for tattoo fading is friction. This can come as a result of irritation from tight clothing or other constant contact with rough surfaces. Be mindful of the clothes you wear in the area around your tattoo as much as possible – opt for loose, comfortable clothing whenever you are able. Try to avoid sleeping on your tattoo as well, since this is unnecessary contact that might cause friction without you even realizing it. Friction between your skin and clothing could scrape off the layer of your skin that is protecting your tattoo, making it easy for you ink to fade over time.