Pro­tect your tat­toos this sum­mer

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

This sea­son is the per­fect time to flaunt your tat­too in sleeve­less tees, shorts and beach­wear. How­ever, with the scorch­ing sun, it be­comes all the more im­por­tant to take care of your tat­too and the skin. Af­ter all, you don't want to be at­tacked by skin in­fec­tions, al­ler­gies and heat rashes.

Here’s how to pro­tect tat­toos in sum­mer:

Show­ing off the tat­too is one of the key rea­sons for get­ting it done, but that’s also the rea­son why it fades away. The sun's UV rays will quickly re­duce the beauty of the tat­too, mak­ing it ap­pear dull, re­sult­ing in colour spread­ing or scar­ring. There­fore, sun pro­tec­tion is im­por­tant. Apply sun­screen gen­er­ously on the tat­too. Make sure that you do this soon af­ter you get inked. Usu­ally, 10 to 14 days af­ter get­ting a tat­too done, limit your sun ex­po­sure and apply sun­screen.

No mat­ter how dif­fi­cult it is, con­trol your urge to flaunt your tat­too for at least ini­tial days of re­cov­ery, in or­der to avoid any kind of in­fec­tion. Scar­ring, sun­burn and skin prob­lems like Melanoma are other is­sues that may af­fect your skin.

It is quite nor­mal to feel itchy and sen­si­tive on the area of the tat­too es­pe­cially af­ter the first few days you get it done. There­fore, use a mois­turiser with an an­tiox­i­dant for­mula.

If you plan to go on va­ca­tion af­ter get­ting a tat­too done to places with beaches, oceans or swim­ming pools then you must wait for 14 to 20 days to have your tat­too re­cover prop­erly, as stay­ing too much in wa­ter can also ham­per the heal­ing and can dam­age your ex­pen­sive tat­too.

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