Once you’ve decided to get a tattoo and spent an immeasurable amount of time agonizing over the perfect design you’ll be mesmerized for months at the vivid colors and beauty of your new piece of wearable art. Unfortunately, as time goes by your body and your skin’s make up changes. This in conjunction with other factors like sun and weather exposure can cause the colors and lines in your tattoo to fade and blur.
When you get a tattoo the ink is injected deep enough into your skin that it is permanent however the ink itself is made up of molecules so minuscule that they are eventually destroyed by your body’s immune system. With a little knowledge, forethought, and prevention you can keep your tattoo looking great for years to come.
When you first get your tattoo is will be covered with a band aid and a layer of Vaseline or an antibacterial ointment. You should not remove these for at least 24 or whatever your tattoo artist recommends. Your new tattoo will also begin to scab over.
This is a very important part of the healing process and you should refrain from picking at the scab or scratching at the area. This could cause an infection or scar over the area. Any part of the scab that has been pulled off can take with it part of the pigmentation of the tattoo and leave a light or blank spots in your new tattoo. Keep a thin layer of an antibiotic ointment over it daily for at least two weeks.
This keeps out germs and keeps the scab from drying out and tightening the lines of your new ink. During the healing process be sure to gently wash it with warm water and antibacterial soap. Rub lightly with only your fingertips, no washcloth, or abrasive towel. Pat dry, do not rub, and then reapply the ointment. Do not swim, soak in the tub, or take long showers until your tattoo is healed.
After your tattoo has healed remember to keep it moist and supple at all times. A daily application of moisturizing lotion can help to prevent the drying of the skin and keeping the colors bright and the lines crisp.
Because of the dark lines and colors the sun is drawn to the tattooed areas of your skin. A tattoo that has many colors will fade faster than black ink work tattoos. More sun is drawn to these areas and so they are prone to deeper damage.
Just as the sun fades ink on a piece of paper left in a window, the paint of your car and the great dye job on your hair it will fade the ink of your tattoos. Use an SPF of at least 35 every time you leave your tattoos exposed to sunlight. If you’re an outdoor worker consider covering the tattoo with clothing or a bandage to prevent damage from extended exposure. Be careful shaving the area. If you cut it deep enough there will be a line through the design where the scar forms.
If all else fails you can always have your tattoo re-inked over the years. It’s a simple touch up that most artists will do for free. It will leave your design looking as fresh as the day you got it.If all else