All tattoos will definitely last forever, but not every single one will look good until the end of time. Both old and new tattoos are prone to fading, especially if you do not take care of it the right way.
It definitely is high time you take good care of your tattoo, besides, getting one done is not cheap! It is forever inked on your body, which means that you will be looking at it every single day. Who wants to see a faded and non-attractive tattoo in the mirror, anyway?
Which Tattoos are Prone to Fading?
The fading will depend on which colors you have on your tattoo. Light and pastel colors such as white, green, red, pink, yellow, orange, and blue are more prone to fading, as these pigments are usually hard to keep on the skin.
Watercolor tattoos will also fade in time, as the technique used in this is type of tattoo is very light, and the colors that are used are usually pastel.
While black and gray tattoo won’t fade that easily, they are not safe from this department. They will also fade in time, especially if not taken care of.
What Should I Do to Prevent My Tattoo from Fading?
If you are really serious about making it vibrant again, then go ahead and schedule a touch up with the tattoo artist who has done your tattoo. It would be best to schedule with the same artist, as they know how to touch it up properly, since they are the one who’s done it in the first place.
There are things that you can do at home to make sure that your tattoo won’t fade any time soon.
1. Keep a sunscreen lotion with you at all times and wear it everytime you go out. The sun’s rays can be super harsh on your tattoos, but the sunblock will be able to block this for you.
2. A bottle of petroleum jelly can help make your tattoo look vibrant again. Make it a habit to apply this on your tattoos right after taking a bath and see your tattoo come to life again!
3. Mix 1 cup of lemon juice with 1 cup of rose water and massage it on your tattoos with a cotton ball. Do this for 5 minutes twice a week to make sure your tattoo will be exfoliated and look brighter again.
4. If you have lemon essential oil on hand, then you can use that as well to massage on your tattoos to keep the blood circulation going. This will help your tattoo look vibrant as massaging it helps keep the blood circulating.
5. Keep your tattoos vibrant by avoiding waxing and threading the area. This can strip the small pigments on your tattoo and can make it look patchy and faded when done too much overtime.
6. Apply an exfoliating gel that is infused with Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help restore the tattoo. This can also be found in fruits such as grapes, lemons, pineapples, and passion fruits, which means that you can also use these to massage on your tattoo every once in a while.
What Can Contribute to my Tattoo Fading?
Sometimes, no matter how much you take care of your tattoo, these things will get in the way whether you want it or not. Know what can contribute to the fading so you can at least try to steer clear of it.
1. The tattoo placement can play a huge part in your tattoo fading. Tattoos on body parts that usually rub together such as the inner thighs and in between the fingers will usually fade faster than your usual tattoo. Make sure to choose a proper placement to make sure your tattoo won’t easily fade overtime.
2. The ink quality actually plays a huge part on the tattoo fading. If the ink used on your tattoo is of low quality and has very poor pigments, then you can expect your tattoo to fade fast. Look for a reputable tattoo artist, research about the different inks used in tattooing, and make sure that they only use the best of the best.
3. The sun’s UV rays can be extremely damaging to your tattoo, which is why it is important to use a sunblock when going out during the day. You should also avoid getting sunburnt when you are at the beach, as your skin will surely peel and flake off when you get a sunburn. Cover your tattoos with a proper swimming attire, slather it with lots of sunscreen every hour to make sure that it is safe from the sun.
4. People age, it is just inevitable. As we grow older, our skin will get wrinkly and worn out. With this comes the fading of tattoos, which you should just accept naturally. If you still want to make it look vibrant though, then it would be best to schedule a touch up with your tattoo artist or even a cover up for a new tattoo design.
Summary and Takeaway
Make sure to do your proper research before going ahead and getting a tattoo. See if you are ready for it and if you can take good care of it. Getting a tattoo us a huge responsibility, so make sure to be prepared and keep up with the responsibilities that you would have to face.
Author Bio: Jason Hamilton has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon.