How To Protect New Tattoos From Sun Exposure

After the time, money, and let’s be real—the pain involved with getting a new tattoo, the last thing you want is to jeopardize your fresh ink by breaking one of the most important post-tattoo rules: exposing your tattoo to the sun. And unless you want to pay for frequent touch-ups, trust us when we say new tattoos and sun exposure don’t mix.

But you don’t have to just take our word for it! According to Tattoo Goo, the seven golden tattoo aftercare rules are:

  1. Don’t remove the bandage sooner than your tattoo artist tells you to.
  2. Gently wash your tattoo at least twice each day with a tattoo safe soap.
  3. Avoid the urge to scratch!
  4. Avoid water for the first two weeks.
  5. Moisturize regularly.
  6. Avoid tight-fitting clothing around your tattooed area for the first two weeks.
  7. Avoid sun exposure whenever possible with UV-blocking ingredients and fabrics.

We may not be able to monitor your every move as your tattoo heals, but as your trusted UPF 50+ Certified friends, we can help guide you through how to protect tattoos from the sun, whether they’re brand new or a little bit older.

How to Protect Tattoos From Sun With Two Essential Items

It’s recommended that tattoos remain out of direct sunlight for at least the first month, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear once that time is up. Sun exposure can still cause colors to fade, which is why it’s always best to protect your tattoo from sun exposure whenever possible.

Here are the two easiest ways to avoid old or new tattoo sun exposure.

Wear UPF 50+ Tattoo Sun Protection Clothing

First, try UPF 50+ apparel. UV Skinz® men’s swimwear and women’s swimwear collections feature UPF 50+ clothing to cover every part of the body. Our lightweight, breathable men’s sun shirts and women’s sun shirts feature long sleeve designs ideal for protecting that half or full sleeves, and UPF 50+ board shorts, pants, and leggings to shield your leg tattoos from 98% of the sun’s rays. Meanwhile, our swim rash guards, sun hats, and neck gaiters offer ultra-comfortable tattoo sun protection at the beach and can be comfortably worn out of the water for other sunny day adventures.

Worried about tattoo sun exposure in the winter? Not to fret! Many of our UPF 50+ apparel items can be worn year-round for optimal sun protection whenever and wherever you go. These lightweight, breathable layers are great for winter activities and fit nicely under your cold-weather gear, all while best protecting your skin (and new tattoo) from any possible sun exposure.

Apply Sunscreen Regularly

The next best option for how to protect fresh tattoos from the sun is sunscreen. It’s best to apply sunscreen every few hours for optimal tattoo sun protection, sunscreen can sometimes be the easiest way to cover your tattoo if your tattoo is located somewhere you cannot easily cover with UPF 50+ fabric, like the top of the hand, ankles, or feet—as long as your diligent about reapplying, that is!

No matter where your adventures take you, UV Skinz® makes it easy to find men's, women's and children’s swimwear to keep your skin protected while having fun in the sun. Shop today to find your new favorite pieces for protecting your skin and that new tattoo from sun exposure.