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Article: Getting Inked: How Tattoos Affect Your Skin

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Getting Inked: How Tattoos Affect Your Skin

Tattoos have become increasingly popular over the last several years. People get them for a variety of reasons, ranging from self-expression to attention. Whether you've been planning to get one for awhile, or you made an impulsive decision, caring for your tattoo is important to ensure that it heals well and looks good. Here are some tips for protecting your investment and showcasing it for years to come.

  1. Keep your tattoo covered immediately after it is inked. Your tattoo artist will likely give instructions on aftercare to include a bandage or covering. This will protect your skin and prevent damage to your clothing.
  2. Wash with a mild soap and a clean cloth several times a day for the first few weeks. Doing this until the tattoo is healed will prevent infection. Avoid touching your tattoo unless your hands are clean. 
  3. Apply a thin layer of hydration to your tattoo for the first few days. Check with your tattoo artist for ointment recommendations. Then you can switch to an unscented lotion to reduce scabbing. Long-term hydration is important for keeping your color looking its best. 
  4. While your tattoo is healing, avoid swimming or going in large bodies of water. A quick shower that is not too hot is best. You will probably want to hold off on going to the gym for the first two weeks to avoid excessive sweating, too.
  5. Avoid exposure to the sun for the first few weeks. Once your tattoo is completely healed, be sure to use Brush On Block to prevent the color from fading and your skin from burning. Even on cloudy days, you should get in the habit of applying Brush On Block to your tattoo and the rest of your skin. Brush on Block is a mineral powder sunscreen that goes on easily, with no greasy texture; perfect for protecting your tattoo without getting on any of your clothes.

Since the healing process is different for everyone, healing time can vary. Some tattoos can take up to a month to heal completely. You can help the process and avoid potential problems by keeping your tattoo cleaned, hydrated, and protected with Brush On Block. Our mineral powder sunscreen has no chemical ingredients, so it is safe for your tattoo and your skin.