Keeping Tattoos From Fading The Sun, Body Tattoos and Permanent Makeup
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We all love the sun, but the South Beach Skin Lab sun's UV radiation is a beautiful tattoo's biggest enemy. UV radiation fades the ink used to create these amazing works of art and permanent makeup. Over time ink color will fade no matter what, but for the cost and discomfort of getting a tattoo, I don't think any of us want the process to be dramatically accelerated.
The sun tans and/or burns the skin making a tattoo less visible. Sun also ages the skin causing wrinkles, brown spots and a leathery texture... not the best background for your tattoo or eye brows.
Here are some pointers on how to keep your tattoo and permanent makeup looking vibrant The only sun protection sensible for a tattoo that close to the eyes are sunglasses. Be sure that the sunglasses are labeled as blocking 99-100% of UV rays. The price of sunglasses does not necessarily mean great UV protection. Some manufacturers' labels say "UV absorption up to 400nm" or "UV 400". This is the same thing as 100% UV absorption.
Now, let's talk about sunscreen. Sunscreen is good but not great sun protection. No matter how high the SPF, sunscreen will allow UV radiation to come through. If you are going to be out for hours that means sun damage to your skin and your tattoo. But when the occasion demands full view of your body art, sunscreen will help lessen sun damage and should be worn daily to protect from cumulative sun exposure.
You may think wearing clothing helps protect your tattoos from the sun but that is not necessarily the case. Anything you put between you and the sun will block the sun, the question is how much. The answer may surprise you. Clothing, like a cotton T-shirt, provides very little in the way of sun protection. A white T-shirt only provides a moderate Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 7, while a dark denim shirt offers an estimated UPF of 1,700, considered a complete sun block.
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