Is Your Tattoo Fading? Here’s How You Can Fix It

August 17, 2021
Jessica Khorsandi
By: Jessica Khorsandi | by L'Oréal
Is Your Tattoo Fading? Here’s How You Can Fix It

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 artwork done. 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 results in our tattoo beginning to fade. Although you can’t bring back its original fresh color (without taking a trip back to the tattoo parlor, that is), 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 with the following tips.


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 does the sun cause damage to non-tattooed skin, but it can also cause the crisp color on your ink to fade more quickly. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, UV rays can prematurely 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, fully healed tattoos, the AAD recommends using a sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 and taking other sun protection measures. We like the CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Body Lotion With SPF 50.




Keep Your Tattoo Moisturized

The AAD notes that one of the other 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 notice that your tattoo is feeling dry and a little rough, then use a good body moisturizer to keep it hydrated. 


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. Better yet, opt for a special lotion that’s made specifically for tattoos, like the Dr. Woo Revitalizing Body Moisturizer.


Keep Your 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.


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 long-term damage and scarring. Just let it be, no matter how itchy it feels.


Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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