Caring for Your Tattoo During The Summer

05.17.16

Summer is a great time of year and it's usually the time when a lot of people decide to get a tattoo. While sumer is a s good of a time as any, the Texas summer isn't the most forgiving when it comes to the health of your tattoo. That's why today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to share a few tips to care for your tattoo this summer. 

Avoid Direct Sunlight

One thing to keep in mind is tattoos, especially new tattoos, don't react well to direct sunlight. Since a fresh tattoo is virtually an open wound, it's extremely sensitive. Therefore, direct sunlight will cause an uncomfortable burning sensation on the tattooed area. As for older tattoos, direct sunlight without sunscreen will cause the colors to fade and lose their luster. 

Apply Sunscreen

The best way to prevent the sunlight from damaging your tattoo, other than covering it, is to apply sunscreen. However, not all sunscreens are good for your tattoo. If you're trying to figure out which type of sunscreen is best, take a look at our previous blog where we discussed 4 tattoo sunscreen essentials

Avoid Excessive Sweating

Texas summers are notoriously hot, and with the triple digit heat comes a lot of sweating. While sweat can keep your cool, it can also affect your new tattoo. Sweat holds a lot of bacteria that can get into your new ink while it's trying to heal. The biggest culprits of this are gym machines because you're coming in contact with other people's bacteria and sweat, which could get in your tattoo. 

Beware of Water

Finally, look out for water. While a shower is completely fine, you should avoid pools, hot tubs, lakes and other bodies of water when you have a new tattoo. The chlorine in pools and hot tubs will tamper with the fresh ink during the healing process. The same goes for lakes and oceans because the bacteria in the water could get into your tattoo and cause the area to become infected. 

The summer is a great time to get a tattoo, as long as you're willing to take the steps needed to keep it clean and protected. If you're looking to get a tattoo this summer, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today and schedule your consultation.