Tattoo Sunscreen Essentials: Four Things to Consider When Choosing a Sunscreen

11.01.15

Even though summer has passed, let's face it, when you live in Texas it's always shorts and tank top weather. Regardless of if you have tattoos or not, it's always a good idea to protect yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays with the proper sunscreen, especially if you're planning on spending a lot pf time outside. Over exposure to UV rays can cause mild to severe sunburns, and can increase your risk of getting skin cancer. If you have tattoos, not only does the sun still pose these threats, but can also cause your tattoos to fade at a much quicker rate. So if you're tatted up and planning on spending some fun in the sun, consider these pointers:

1. Specialized "Tattoo Sunscreen" is a Marketing Gimmick 

There are quite a few brands of sunscreen out there that offer products marked as "tattoo sunscreen." This is a marketing scheme to convince people with tattoos to spend more money. Tattoo sunscreen is essentially regular sunscreen with a different label. However, there are certain things you need to keep in mind when purchasing sunscreen -- the ingredients!

2. Bring on the Zine (Or Titanium)!

So what exactly is in sunscreen that blocks UV rays? That would be zine or tutanium! When looking for a sunscreen to protect your ink, look at the active ingredient on the product label. If it says "zine oxide" or "titanium dioxide," you're in luck. If it doesn't, put it back on the shelf. Immediately. Tattoo sunscreen needs to have either of those elements for the highest level of protection. 

3. Don't Spray It

Tattoo sunscreen should be a cream, not a spray, oil, or powder. Sunscreen in the form of cream covers the surface of your skin better than the alternatives and is harder to rub off. 

4. SPF and Protection 

When choosing a tattoo sunscreen, the best bet is to choose one that is SPF 15 or higher. However, SPF shouldn't be the only element you consider. To get the maximum amount of sun protection, choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum and guards against both UU/UVA and UVB rays.?

 

The Takeaway 


You spent hard-earned money on your tattoo, so you should do everything in your power to protect it. Don't be fooled by specialized "tattoo sunscreen" products and pay more than you have to. Simply follow the aforementioned guidelines, and, by all means, protect your tattoo from harmful UV rays appropriately.