Throughout the process of getting your tattoo removed, you are required to keep the treated area out of the sun. Any encounter with sunlight can negatively affect your treatments. Your technician will have to go much lighter with the laser, you could end up with hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin), or you may be asked to reschedule your treatment after your skin returns to its natural state. Therefore, it’s vital to keep your tattoo covered throughout the process. While some areas are easier to keep covered with everyday clothing, tattoos on the face, hands, feet, arms, and legs are a little harder to keep out of the sun, especially during the warmer months. Use these methods as a guide to keep your tattoo covered this summer!
Face tattoos are the most difficult to keep covered. It may feel unnatural to put something on your face every day, but in the long run it will keep your skin safe and help accelerate your removal process. You can use bandages to cover the treated area when you’re in the sun. Otherwise you can cover the area with a sunscreen that contains zinc, but you must remember to reapply the sunscreen on a regular basis. Tataway offers a Laser Sunscreen specifically made to cover tattoos throughout the treatment process that can be purchased at any office!
Your hands are exposed to the sun just about as much as your face. While we don’t expect you to wear gloves in July, it’s still important to keep tattoos on the hands and fingers covered. Again, bandages can be used and may feel more natural on your hands than on your face. Sunscreen containing zinc may also be used, but it will wear off much faster as you use your hands for everyday tasks.
Generally, tattoos on the feet can be easily covered with socks and/or shoes. However, your feet are exposed to the sun more in the summer months. Avoid flip flops and sandals and opt for a more closed shoe instead. When going barefoot, use bandages to cover the area. Again, sunscreen can be used but will wear off much faster.
Arms & Legs
Arm and leg tattoos can be simply covered with sleeved shirts and long pants or skirts. If the warm weather makes it uncomfortable to wear long clothing, you can cover the area with an ace bandage. As a last resort, use the zinc sunscreen and reapply often!
Use these tips to keep your tattoo safe from the sun. If you feel like your tattoo has been exposed to the sun, we can reschedule your appointment for a better time. Better safe than sorry!