How to Protect Your Tattoos While Tanning

woman applying sunscreen to her tattoos to protect them from the sun

Before your tattoo completely heals, it will be sensitive to UV rays (whether real or sunbed.) Once your tattoo has healed, UV rays won’t cause fading, and you can expose it to the sun or sunbeds like you normally would.

Here are a few tips to protect your tattoos while tanning!

UV Tanning

Always follow the aftercare instructions your tattoo artist gives and try not to expose a tattoo that has not healed yet to natural or artificial UV light, as these can quickly fade and damage a brilliant tattoo!


The sun is your tattoo’s worst enemy, so cover the entire tattooed area with the highest SPF sunblock available. You can apply it with a cotton swab to cover the tattoo’s outline completely instead of leaving a border around it. You can also cover it with a piece of fabric that matches the size and shape of your tattoo to block as much UV as possible. Re-apply sunblock often if you’re going to spend a lot of time outside.


Moisturize your skin every day, especially after a tanning session or if your skin feels dry, itchy, or if it becomes flaky. This will prevent losing bits of skin that could slowly drain the ink of your tattoo.

Spray Tanning

You can leave the UV concern behind with spray tanning as long as the tattoo is completely healed. Lighter tattoo colors may get a bit darker from spray tanning, but it’s only temporary, and if you don’t like it, you can wipe it off the tattoo immediately after the session. You can also put on a light coat of barrier cream to protect it during the spray tanning session.

Always wait until your tattoo is fully healed before exposing it to UV or getting a spray tan!

At Las Vegas Bronzed, we can offer you a range of tanning services from medium and high-pressure tanning beds to our versa spa sunless tanning system. Whichever way you prefer to get your healthy-looking glow, we have everything you need to ensure you get your flawless tan quickly and efficiently. 

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