Tanning beds are a great way to give yourself a beautiful tan while avoiding the harshness of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But if you have recently gotten a new tattoo, the ultraviolet rays from the tanning bed can cause damage to the tattoo and cause it to fade or discolor. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your new tattoo while tanning in a bed.
1. Wait at least 4-6 weeks after getting a tattoo before tanning in a bed. This will give the tattoo time to heal and will reduce the risk of any damage.
2. Before tanning, cover the tattoo with a waterproof bandage or tape. Be sure to cover the entire tattoo so that no skin is exposed to the tanning bed’s ultraviolet rays.
3. Apply a layer of sunscreen to the tattoo before using the tanning bed. Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended to protect the tattoo from the ultraviolet rays.
4. Set the tanning bed to a low level to reduce the amount of ultraviolet radiation that the tattoo is exposed to.
5. If the tattoo begins to feel itchy or uncomfortable, stop tanning and apply a moisturizer to the area.
6. After tanning, remove the bandage or tape and apply a moisturizing lotion to the tattoo.
Following these steps will help you protect your new tattoo while tanning in a bed. With proper care, your tattoo will remain vibrant and beautiful for years to come.