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A Tattoo-Specific Sunscreen

A good number of my friends, Nancita included, have tattoos. So when she showed me this Tattoo Goo sunscreen stick ($6.49), I had to share it with you. Wearing sunblock is important for your skin's health anyway, but it's of special concern if you're inked up. Sun exposure can fade the color of your tattoo over time, making that cool orange clownfish design look like a faded, anemic guppy.

If you already wear sunblock, you probably don't need to buy this separate product; anything with SPF 30 will protect your skin anyway. However, if you prefer a stick applicator, this makes sense. It contains a chemical sunblock, oxybenzone, as well as the physical block of zinc oxide. My only hesitation with this stuff is that it isn't waterproof, so if you're into aquatic sports, I'd stick with Bull Frog ($8.49), which is an all-around great sunblock for sporty types.

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devils devils 9 years
Awesome, this is a great idea! I'll be sure to check this out when I get my tattoo
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I have a lot of tattoos and always wear SPF 70. They're still super bright.
zombielove zombielove 9 years
Soozicee Soozicee 9 years
I have a full back tattoo of a very colorful peacock and I don't use anything less that SPF 50 every single time I step foot out of the house knowing that my back will be exposed. When considering getting tattooed you should know about all of the care that will go along with preserving your color. Being lazy and letting your ink be exposed to the sun will leave you with a faded mess. It's also very important to know that most sunblocks say that you should apply ONE HOUR prior to going out into the sun, so that the SPF has time to seep into your skin. Applying sunscreen to my entire back by myself can be quite the challenge, so I usually ask someone to help. Fortunately, I've found that the spray on sunscreens come in really handy when I can't find help!
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
I use the Neutrogena spray sunblock. It's got SPF 45 in it, and it goes on every day, regardless. Heck, if I'm going to pay $200 for something that's going to be on me for the rest of my life, I'm going to make sure it's gonna look good! :)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
No tattoos for me, but I do have a nice big bottle of SPF 50 :-D
TrishaAtMF TrishaAtMF 9 years
I've actually used this. Last time I got a tattoo, the parlor had this for people to buy. It works well. I like that you just rub it on, like lip balm. Then I don't have to get my hands all icky.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Great! I have a couple of tattys that I always make sure to keep covered!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks for the suggestion. I know many people who wish they had done this and now have faded and sad looking tattoos.
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