One of the telltale signs of summer is beautiful bronze skin. A golden tan may look healthy on the surface, but if it’s achieved through sun bathing there’s damage you can’t see happening within the network of your skin. That’s why many people are now opting to get their tans at a salon instead.
Spray tanning is a safe alternative to sun bathing, but what if you have tattoos? It’s a pretty big concern for many people now that 29% of Americans have a tattoo somewhere on their body. Almost half of Millennials (47%) have a tattoo, many of which are sizeable. Some people spend thousands of dollars on their ink and do everything possible to preserve it.
You’ll be happy to know that spray tan solutions won’t permanently affect your tattoos since it only colors the outer layer of skin. The one possible exception is if the ink is fresh. While the skin is healing spray tanning is not recommended. The reverse is also true. It’s not recommended to get a spray tattoo a few days before getting a new tattoo.
But the spray tan could alter the colors in a tattoo temporarily. Spray tans are designed to darken the skin – all of it. As a result, the color in your tattoos may not appear quite as bright.
Truth be told, spray tanning is the best option by far if you have tattoos. The UV rays from tanning beds and sun bathing can permanently fade the colors of tattoo ink making them dull rather than vibrant. That’s why tattoo artists recommend that people always wear sunscreen with a high SPF anytime their outdoors.
How to Prepare for a Spray Tan If You Have Tattoos
Preparing for a spray tan when you have tattoos is basically the same process that’s recommended for everyone. Before your appointment:
Exfoliate – Exfoliating beforehand helps ensure that the tanning solution goes on evenly. On areas where you have tattoos scrub gently to avoid abrasions.
Use a Barrier Cream – Typically we recommend that clients not apply any type of cream or moisturizer before their appointment because this can prevent the solution from adhering to the skin. But that can actually be a benefit if you are tattooed. Before the appointment ask your aestheticians if they can recommend a barrier cream that can be applied over the tattoos so they aren’t darkened by the solution.
Customize the Spray – If you have a large tattoo you can request that the aesthetician avoid the area all together. They should be able to spray around it so only the edges of the tattoo are sprayed. After the spray tan is complete they can carefully clean the tattoo with a wet wipe to remove any solution that may have gotten on the ink.
Want to get golden, glowing skin without harming your tattoos? Book a spray tan appointment at Cadiz Laser Spa! Our aestheticians know how to artfully darken the skin by up to several shades while keeping your tattoos vibrant.