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What happens if you go in the sun with a new tattoo?

By: Ramesh ChaliseUpdated: April 25, 2021


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At the very least, make sure not to expose a new tattoo to direct sunlight for the first month of having it — especially the first two weeks. Not only will sun exposure during this time cause the tattoo's colors to fade, but it could actually burn your skin and scar it from sun damage.

In respect to this, how long after a tattoo can you go in the sun?

10-14 days

Similarly, is the sun bad for tattoos?

Steber said, “ direct sunlight can lead to fading, which is a real good way to ruin your tattoo. Adal Ray of Majestic Tattoo NYC says, "The sun's UV rays will fade any pigment on the planet, including tattoo ink." This doesn't bode well for inked sun worshippers this summer.

How can I protect my tattoo from the sun?

How Do I Protect My Tattoo from the Sun?
  1. Straight up, always use sunscreen.
  2. Choose a sunscreen with 30-50 SPF and natural ingredients.
  3. Make sure to reapply if you're going out in the sun all day!
  4. Completely cover new tattoos if going out in the sun.
  5. No soaking in water with a new tattoo! No pool, hot tub or ocean swimming either.
  6. Tattoos sunburnt?

Can you ruin a new tattoo?

After all, a tattoo is essentially an open wound and should be treated as such. Standing water of any kind poses a danger as it can be filled with bacteria, dirt, and other irritants. Submerging your tattoo, even in clean bathwater, can potentially damage it or lead to an infection.


How do I know my tattoo is healed?

You will know that your tattoo is completely healed when there are no scabs, the texture of your skin where the tattoo was placed is the same as a similar surface of skin, and the colors on your tattoo are no longer faded.

How do I protect my new tattoo at the beach?

That said, if you find yourself going to the beach after getting a new tattoo, use these tips to take care of your fresh tat.
  1. Avoid water (sorry). No swimming, soaking, or putting your tattoo directly under a water stream.
  2. Wear sunscreen.
  3. Cover your tattoo.
  4. Wear loose clothing.
  5. Cleanse the tattoo site when you get home.

Can a tattoo heal in 2 weeks?

In terms of appearance, your tattoo should look completely healed within 2-3 weeks, although it may appear slightly shiny and scaly for several more. This is as long as everything goes well with no infections or extreme scabbing taking place. The skin below the surface, however, takes longer to heal.

How can I make my new tattoo fade?

Instead of using bleach to lighten or fade your tattoos, use a natural bleaching agent such as lime or lemon juice. You can also try using hydrogen peroxide or a product such as tattoo remove cream or a skin lightener. Apply them to your skin 3-5 times a day until you're satsified with how much your tattoo has faded.

Do tattoos get hot in the sun?

Do tattoos feel more warm when the sun hits them than the areas of skin that aren't tatted? When they are fresh, yes. Just like a sunburn or brush burn, heat (whether from the sun, an open oven, whatever) will agitate a new tattoo.

Can I put sunscreen on a week old tattoo?

Please DO NOT put sunscreen on your tattoo until it is FULLY HEALED. Putting sunscreen on your tattoo will either burn it, irritate it, or ruin the healing process if it is not healed.

Is it better to get a tattoo in the winter or summer?

Contrary to what may seem intuitive, fall and winter are the best time of year to get a tattoo. Sweat can aggravate a new tattoo as can the sun. During the winter, your body isn't exposed to these factors as much, and tattoos can heal more quickly without as much chance for infection. Appearance is also a good reason.

Do hot tubs fade tattoos?

Once you have your new tattoo, wait at least two weeks before doing any prolonged bathing. As Paige said, "Yes, of course you can shower, and washing your tattoo a few times a day is encouraged — but you shouldn't submerge your tattoo in baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, or salt water.

How much sun is too much for a new tattoo?

Do your very best not to expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight for up to 1 month after getting it, and especially during that 14 day period. Sunlight will burn the delicate skin and cause fading.

Why is my tattoo raised after being in the sun?

Some tattoo dyes, especially red and yellow, can cause an allergic reaction, especially when exposed to sunlight. The area around your tattoo might itch or swell, or you could get a rash. If it's mild -- itchy skin and a few bumps -- treat it with a steroid cream.