Does spray tanning harm my tattoo? Will the color cover up my ink? Do I have to give up tanning completely to protect my tattoos?
These are questions you might be asking yourself if you have any tattoos.
With the help of professional tattoo artist, Katie Ziegelman from Junkyark Ink, I'm here to tell you fear not, tattoos and sunless tanning hive give together!
Now that you can breath again, let's go over the details.
Fully Healed Ink- Fully healed tattoos are ready for the action with no special steps. In fact, your sunless custom airbrush tan, in most cases, will actually highlight the beautiful colors of your ink making them pop! If your skin is on the dry side around your tattoo grab some barrier cream before your spray tan session to moisturize the area and prevent further drying. A light barrier will not noticeably affect the area. While no damage will be done to the skin, lighter colors on tattoos may get a little bit darker from sunless solutions. Of course this is only temporary, and if you aren't a fan? Great news you can immediately wipe the area off.
New tattoos- Strict rules from the team at Junkyard Ink, who seriously knows their stuff... honestly check them out, any ink newer than one week old must avoid spray tanning all together. After one week if your new tattoo is healing well you can spray with a light layer of barrier cream and continue to do so until fully healed. If your tattoo is still a little behind in the healing process after one week it's best to wait a full two weeks before spray tanning.
PLEASE REMEMBER- Even if your tattoo is healed, exposure to the sun means serious damage to your skin and your tattoo no matter the age. Always use a high quality sunscreen to protect your skin and your ink investment. Still have questions?
Feel free to reach out to us directly.
Don't forget to checkout Kaite @ Junkyard Ink for your next tattoo!
Glow on babe!