Getting a tattoo in the summer – why isn’t it a good idea? Well, it’s not necessarily a bad idea, but there are some things to consider. If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo in the summer, it’s best to take into account the below factors before booking your session.
When you get a new tattoo, you won’t be able to do much intense exercise for a few weeks, depending on the size of your tattoo. The reason being is the amount of sweat you will produce. While sweating comes naturally (and is unavoidable), it’s smart to control it where you can to ensure you’re not sweating more than you need to. For example, hitting the gym in the middle of summer is going to make you a lot sweatier than it would during the winter.
The reason why you want to reduce the amount of sweat you’re producing is because sweat can trigger an infection of the tattooed area, and can disrupt the healing process. Tattooing is still injecting ink into a layer of the skin. To achieve this, the upper layers must be pierced with the needle, which produces a scar. The more sweat, the more salinity on your skin and the more trouble in healing the wound.
During your tattoos healing phase, you won’t be able to enjoy things like swims at the beach, or even in swimming pools. The chlorine in swimming pools can do damage to tattoo, and have an impact on your tattoos healing time. The same goes for sea water. The high contents of salt in sea water can have an adverse effect on your tattoos healing, so you’ll need to sit out some summer activities until the tattoo is completely healed.
Harmful Rays From The Sun
Sun rays are responsible for causing sunburn. Sunburned skin can do a lot of damage to your new tattoo. If, finally, you decide to get the tattoo, remember to use highly protective sunscreen on the tattooed area. Sunscreen will also help prevent the harmful UV rays coming from the sun from breaking down the pigments in your tattoo ink.
Even after the tattoo has healed, it’s a really smart idea to apply sunscreen whenever you leave the house, even on cloudy days.
Getting A Tattoo In Summer – The Aftercare
Even though there are many things to keep in mind when getting a tattoo in summer, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t. Getting a tattoo is always a good idea, so long as you have a good idea of what to get. If you do decide to get a tattoo in summer, here are a few tips on what you can do (or with some, not do) to ensure your tattoo has the best chance of healing properly.
Not sure what tattoo to get? Take a look this article if you need help making a decision.
Clean the area
With regard to the basic care for a newly done tattoo, it is necessary to clean the area daily with a scent-free soap. Scented soaps contain chemicals that could burn the tattooed area, and cause excess dryness in the healing area. Using a scent-free soap with warm water around the tattooed area will ensure it stays free of bacteria.
Some people often experience strong itching sensations when they get tattooed (especially in summer). Itching is usually experienced when the tattoo begins healing, and starts to peel. It is better to avoid scratching as it can irritate the skin, delay healing and lead to infections. Dirt and bacteria can build up under your fingernails, and when you scratch your tattoo, you’re putting yourself at risk of infection.
While it may seem intolerable at first, trust me — we’ve all been there.
Do what you can to avoid heat
Sweating and heat are one of the main enemies of newly done tattoos, not only because they tend to itch and irritate, but also because they promote wound maceration and prevent healing.
If you have a fresh tattoo, avoid hot spots and wear cool clothes. If you are one of those who do sports in the gym or outdoors, this may be a good excuse to take a break.
Baths, just like swimming in a pool or in the ocean, is advised against. This is because sitting in bathwater increases the chance of the tattoo getting infected. Instead, it’s recommended to have warm to hot showers with a scent-free soap. This will clean the tattoo of an bacteria, and remove any peeling skin that might be developing on the tattoo.
When choosing the design of your tattoo, you have to take into account your skin tone, since light skin is not the same as dark. For light skin, it is advisable to use soft colours; however, darker skin needs stronger colours. That will also determine the design of your tattoo. Not all tattoos are for everyone; each person is different. After all, you wouldn’t want to pay big money for a tattoo you don’t like, right?
Avoid tattoos that mark you for life. Moments change and who may now be the love of your life, in the future may be the person you hate the most. So, except for family, children or pets, avoid name tattoos that may be passing through your life. It is better to get a tattoo that symbolizes something for you, and that will always accompany you.
If you’re stuck on the idea of getting a tattoo in summer, don’t worry, it’s a good idea. Choose a design, book the appointment, and get it done!