Professional Tips & Advice

Will a spray tan affect my tattoos?

2 Min Read Friday 19th October 2018

Spray tan solution won’t harm your tattoos — it will simply add some golden warmth to your skin and slightly darken your inkings. This colour change is temporary and your tats will look as normal after a week or so as your tan gradually fades away.

In fact, fake tanning is far better for tattoos than tanning in the sun or using sunbeds. The sun’s UV rays can have harmful effects on your skin, like skin cancers, sun spots and wrinkles, but did you know they also cause tattoos to fade faster? Wearing a sunscreen with a high SPF is recommended to safeguard the brightness of tattoos and prevent them from looking dingy and washed out. Opting for a spray tan over a sun tan will help to maintain the vividness of your tattoos for longer and protect you from developing sun-damaged skin.

If you don’t want your tattoo to be darkened during your spray tan you can completely cover the area with a bandage during your treatment or ask your therapist to apply some barrier cream over it, which should prevent the tanner from ‘grabbing’ onto your skin. If your tattoo is very large, your therapist may be able to avoid it altogether and spray around the edges only before cleansing it with a tan removal wipe to guarantee that it’s free from product.

***Never get a spray tan on freshly tattooed skin and always wait the recommended 4-6 weeks for your skin to heal fully before booking in for a treatment. We’d also advise that you don’t get a tattoo immediately after being tanned either — wait for your glow to fade away and get your tattoo on your natural complexion.***

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