Is Your Tattoo Fading? This Is What You Should Do
Nothing can compare to the look of a freshly inked tattoo. The highly saturated pigment, free of any spotting and fading is one of the most satisfying parts about getting a piece of art tattooed on your body. But, as time passes, your tattoo can go through some wear and tear.
While we can be sticklers about tattoo care within the first few months, sometimes we let our tattoo routine fall to the wayside which ends up in our tattoo beginning to fade. Although you can’t bring back its once-pigmented color without going back to the tattoo parlor, there are quite a few ways to give your ink a brighter, more saturated look. If you noticed your tattoo is starting to fade, then you should revamp your tattoo care routine before more damage is done.
TIP #1: PROTECT YOUR TATTOO FROM THE SUN
Whether your tattoo is brand new or a few years old, you should always practice proper sun protection. Not only can the sun cause damage to non-tattooed parts of your skin, but it can also cause the crisp color on your tattoo to fade. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, UV rays can actually fade tattoo ink, giving it a dull finish.
If your tattoo is new, make sure it’s covered up with clothing whenever you step outdoors. For older, healed tattoos, the AAD recommends using a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 and taking other sun protection measures.
TIP #2: KEEP YOUR TATTOO MOISTURIZED
The AAD notes that one of the biggest causes of a faded tattoo is dryness. Like any part of your skin, a tattooed area needs a boost of moisturization to keep it hydrated. If you noticed that your tattoo is feeling dry and a little rough, then use a moisturizer to keep it hydrated.
TIP #3: USE THE RIGHT KIND OF MOISTURIZER
The AAD also advises that using the wrong type of moisturizer can actually harm your tattoo. Avoid using petroleum jelly and other petroleum-based products to hydrate your tattoo, as these can cause ink fading. Instead, opt for a water-based moisturizing cream or lotion to keep your tattoo hydrated.
TIP #4: KEEP YOU TATTOO CLEAN
Just like the rest of your body, you need to keep your tattoo clean in order to keep it from fading or getting infected. But, be careful with the kinds of soaps you use — a harsh soap can cause irritation. Use a mild, unscented soap to keep your tattoo gently cleansed without any irritation.
TIP #5: AVOID SCRATCHING
We know that a fresh tattoo can get itchy — but don’t touch it! Just like a pimple, picking and scratching at your tattoo can lead to longer-term damage, so just let it be no matter how itchy it feels.
To read more on tattoo care, check out our tattoo healing guide.