Just like autumn is the best time of the year to expose our bodies to beauty treatments, getting a tattoo is also linked with a particular season. However, that’s not all. If you’re planning to have your body tattooed, then you should get acquainted with everything that is connected with this procedure. What do you need to know about decorating your skin with pigments and how to take care of skin after tattooing? Keep reading.
Thinking before inking
Naturally, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself well before visiting a tattoo salon. For example, a few days prior to the tattooing you can’t drink alcohol that raises blood pressure and impedes blood coagulation. Moreover, if you want to make a tattoo artist’s job easier, you can keep applying moisturising creams a few days before the procedure. However, such products should contain neither colorants nor fragrances that might leave skin irritated.
When is the best time to get a tattoo?
Tattoo artists are unanimous on that issue. The best time of the year to get a tattoo is winter, autumn or early spring. During these periods of time solar radiation isn’t that intensive so it doesn’t influence skin negatively, what obviously takes place in the summer. It’s worth realizing that if you decide to get a tattoo done during summer, then you might expose yourself to irritations and ink might fade easily. Besides, sun, getting a tan and being in contact with sea water might delay skin healing. Furthermore, you shouldn’t make an appointment at a tattoo salon when you are sick or feel unwell. Viral and bacterial infections weaken immunologic system which consequently slows down healing of skin covered with ink. If you want to get a tattoo done in the winter, then you can take some medication to boost your immunity. Naturally, before doing so, consult your physician and tattoo artist.
How to take care of a tattoo done in the summer?
Basically, a good tattoo artist should advise against doing a tattoo during the summer. Tattooed skin needs more or less 10 days to heal, yet it takes definitely longer to take care of this piece of art. Additionally, you should stay away from:
- Getting a tan outside and in a solarium – exposing a tattoo to rays encourages the ink to fade. Also, due to overheated skin and increased blood flow, the ink might move its molecules. As a consequence, the pigment loses its intensity and the shape of the image isn’t sharp any longer.
- Swimming in the sea and swimming pool – you can’t let your tattoo get wet because this impedes skin healing process. Besides, sea salt and chlorine irritate skin.
- Being in contact with ground or any other types of dirt – germs that live in soil might infect the wound and lead to serious complications.
- Sauna – you mustn’t overheat and over-sweat your skin.
If you got a tattoo done in the summer, you should know how to treat it the right way. The most vital is sun protection. To shield ink against solar radiation, wear clothes with long sleeves and legs. Your summer wardrobe should include sheer and natural fabric (linen, cotton and rayon) clothes without any traces of synthetic fibers. Tattooed skin has to be coated with sunscreen SPF 50 at least 30 minutes before getting outdoors. Last but not least, you should avoid sun between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM since it’s the strongest then.
How does tattooing procedure look like?
Tattooing looks exactly the same no matter the season. Firstly, skin is being disinfected, covered with stencil paper and hectograph ink. Then the outline is drawn, which later might be embolden – it depends on the design and the style of the tattoo artist. After that, ink is inserted into dermis. Once the procedure is over, the tattoo artist puts on a special dressing that should remain on skin for 4-8 hours. Moreover, application of preparations accelerating tattoo healing and soothing irritations is highly recommended. Another important issue is that you should neither scrape the skin nor remove scabs.
When and how to remove unwanted tattoo?
Tattoo removal also depends on the season. The best time of the year to get rid of the unwanted design is autumn and winter when the solar radiation isn’t strong. The most popular and the most effective procedures enabling to remove tattoo are among others: laser, dermabrasion and electrocoagulation. Skin exposed to such procedure must be well taken care of, which means that it shouldn’t be exposed to sun, body scrubs as well as treated with products including detergents and dehydrating agents. Instead, skin should be treated with moisturizers and soothing cosmetics.