Even the most sterile of shops or expertly applied tattoo can be permanently ruined with improper aftercare. Not only can improper aftercare cause physical issues like scarring or cracking, but it can also dull the color and cause your tattoo to become muddled or illegible.
A great start to make sure your tattoo remains bright is to keep your tattoo out of the sunlight. It is best to cover it up with a longer t-shirt or pants. Many companies now make lightweight clothing that will keep you cool and protect your skin from the sun. Applying sunscreen on your tattoo if it is healed is a must, and you should be sure to apply it frequently. Try to avoid any prolonged sun exposure between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm as these are the hours where sun intensity peaks and UV radiation is strongest. Broad spectrum is the product could protect you from both UVA and UVB. UVA will prematurely ages your skin, in which could causes wrinkles, a loss in skin elasticity, and dark spots. UVB is what causes sunburn.
Another important tip is to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. Applying some kind of moisturizer, healing balm or ointment certainly helps the healing process. The hydration also prevents your tattoo from cracking that could be both painful and detrimental to an otherwise perfect tattoo. Wash gently and choose a mild body wash for moisturizing skin. Improperly washing can cause the risk of a rash or infection. Gently dab your skin dry with a towel that is clean and apply a thin layer of moisturizer to help prevent a rash or infection. Applying too much moisturizer can cause your pores to clog and/or develop pimples or whiteheads.
The best way to ensure your tattoo stays bright and beautiful for many years to come is by using a specialized aftercare system that can help to boost the integrity and longevity of your tattoo. H2Ocean’s Extreme Tattoo Care kit was expertly designed to address every phase of the tattoo healing process from cleaning to moisturizing. The kit is made with all natural ingredients and is ointment based. These products are best for harder to heal areas, where skin bends and cracks and for those who are very active. Mindful and proper aftercare is the key to sustaining the brightness of your tattoo.