Blog By M. Mitera

Realistically, a tattoo is the only thing in your life that you’re going to buy and have forever. Not only does this mean that you should absolutely cough up a little extra cash to get that new piece ($20 tattoos look like they cost just that), it means that you should take care of it after it’s been put on your skin and healed up. Some people stop taking care of their tattoos after the inital healing process and wonder why their piece looks faded and sad after only a few years. There are quite a few things you can do to make your tattoo last as long as it should (forever) so be sure to read carefully!

First off, be sure to protect your piece from the sun. The damage from sunlight is intense and that big ball of fire in the sky can totally destroy a tattoo. That includes tanning beds as well, so ladies who like to get bronzed, it’s highly recommended that you stay away from the tanning beds after getting tattooed. And for those that get tattooed and spend a lot of time outside, you should be using SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every time you’re outside in the sun. And just in case anyone forgot, please refrain from putting sunscreen on a fresh tattoo. If you’re not through the healing process, it’s a good plan to stay out of the sun or cover your new tattoo with clean clothing if you do need to go outside. Sunlight, over time, can fade tattoos to the point where they aren’t even recognizable.

There are a lot of people who claim that the passing of time will effect the way tattoos look over the years. While it is true that bodies change and things shift, tattoo aging can be avoided simply by using a gentle moisturizer when you get out of the shower every day. Your skin gets dry and tight and by applying the moisturizers, your skin will get the hydration that it needs to hang on to the colors of your tattoo for even longer. This can be especially important on the arms, chest, and neck. These are the areas that are most effected by aging so be sure to pay attention to these spots.

Weight gain or loss is another thing that people tend to worry about when it comes to their tattoos. This can effect pieces but not as much as some people believe. Small details and fine lines in certain areas tend to lose focus if weight is gained or lost. For example, a detailed stomach tattoo on someone who loses a lot of weight will be less detailed because of the stretching of the skin. However, our skin changing is normal so worrying about weight loss or gain isn’t too crazy of a scenario for your tattoo. Obviously, larger changes in weight will have different effects on tattoos (and, you know, your overall health!) so it’s always good to be mindful of extreme fluctuation in weight.

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.