Old 30-05-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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Topical thread for the day. This summer is my first with lots of tattoos exposed to the sun, having had a sleeve and half-sleeve done since last year. At the moment I'm wearing factor 50 sun cream, but whenever I'm outside and can feel the heat on my arms, I'm worrying that it's damaging my tattoos. Am I being neurotic?
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Old 30-05-2009, 01:54 PM   #2
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I'm the same this summer, especially with my new pieces.
I've bought a little bottle of factor 40 and just carry it with me wherever I go and top up my arms often!
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Old 30-05-2009, 01:58 PM   #3
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kids factor 60 here.

that or cover
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Cover. I go two shades darker even at the mention of sun.
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I try to remember to put sun cream (kids factor 30) on but i'm pretty bad at it. I spend alot of my time outside and rarerly remember to put cream on. It doesn't really seem to have done my tattoos any harm. My oldest one on my arm is on the top of my wrist is about 10 years old and still looks bright and I can still see all the different shades of colour that were put into it.
I would rather wear sun cream anyway just to try to protect my skin a little more if nothing else but seeing as i'm the most forgetful person I don't think thats going to happen any time soon.
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Old 30-05-2009, 04:33 PM   #6
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is it true you should wait 6 months before exposing your new tattoo/s to the sun? even with sunscreen on, thank you
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Old 30-05-2009, 05:06 PM   #7
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iv only had my sleeve 2 months, but its impossible to protect it from the sun always, however i have had thick layers of factor 40 on it and its been completely fine!
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unless its block it wont make any real difference...
30= 30 times longer in the sun after your burning time so
for instance, if you normally develop a sunburn in 10 minutes without wearing a sunscreen, a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will protect you for 150 minutes (10 minutes multiplied by the SPF of 15
but to answer 8balls question: yes you are

edit: I could go all day with this...
california school of medicine says : no sunscreen completely blocks all wavelengths of UV light.
and there was a whol kick off not long back about factors being lower tan advertised...

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I love my long-sleeved Hawaiian shirts for just such days

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Old 30-05-2009, 09:17 PM   #10
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Cover them up. Preferably with a big wax jacket.










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