Whether Your Tattoo Is New Or Old, Please Apply Sunscreen On It

FYI, sunscreen can help prevent your ink from fading faster.
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Getting a tattoo requires serious commitment. If you want your body art to always look its best, there are some aftercare tips you need to take note of: First, for the first two weeks, you must wash the area with gentle soap and water at least twice a day. Second, always apply a moisturizing balm to help it heal properly. Finally, always apply sunscreen on it before you head out. You're probably wondering wtf the last tip is about, but applying sunscreen on a new or old tattoo is crucial in helping it look amazing for years to come. 

ICYDK, sun exposure can dull your tattoo's pigment, leading it to fade faster. Why would you want that to happen to a piece of art you spent time and money having done, right?

Luckily, you don't need a "special" sunscreen to protect your ink, you can just use your regular face sunscreen! If you don't have a go-to sun protector yet, here are 15 options to choose from: 

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  1. QUICK FX Sun Screen SPF 50 PA+++

    This ultra-light and fast-absorbing sunscreen contains antioxidants and brightening ingredients to leave the skin looking moisturized and healthy.

  2. Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40

    Belo's water-resistant sunscreen is perfect to use on your face and tattooit's water-resistant, non-sticky, and won't clog pores.

  3. Nivea Protect & White Whitening Sun Protection Face Cream SPF50

    Nivea's SPF50 face cream can benefit your tattoo two ways: moisturize it with its collagen booster and protect it from rge sun. Take note, though, it's better to use this on a healed tattoo as it contains brightening ingredients that may lift or fade the ink of a new tattoo.

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  4. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA+++

    Think this a rich, thicc sunscreen? Nope! Biore's version of sun protection has a light, refreshing texture and scent you'll love applying and re-applying this all over your face and tattoos. 

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  5. Face Republic Super Screen Sun Gel SPF 50+

    A soothing and refreshing sunscreen that can work for all skin types and can even be used as a primer before foundation.

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  6. Human Nature SafeProtect SPF 30 PA+++ Mineral Sunscreen

    Protect your skin and help preserve corals, too, with Human Nature's natural sunscreen. It doesn't contain parabens, synthetic fragrances, and other chemicals that may harm your complexion and the environment.

  7. Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF 50+ PA+++

    We love a sunscreen that doesn't give a white cast, and we're sure you will, too. The Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway gives the skin a matte finish and makes it look fresh and well-moisturized.

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  8. COSRX Shield Fit Snail Sun Essence SPF 50+ PA+++

    COSRX's version is infused with snail essence to help hydrate, nourish, and protect your skin.

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  9. Yadah Oh My Sun Screen

    Oh My Sun Screen provides maximum hydration to the skin but leaves it with a fresh, matte finish. There's nothing we love more than a moisturizing product that's neither sticky nor greasy.

  10. Pixi Sun Mist

    For easy reapplication throughout the day, give the Pixi Sun Mist a try. Its packaging and spritz mechanism will easily allow you to reach any part of your body.

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  11. Happy Skin Catch The Sun Brightening UV Gel Cream SPF 40 PA+++

    Happy Skin's fast-absorbing UV Gel Cream has a matte finish for comfortable wear all day. It has a water-based formula (it won't feel sticky!) and can double as a makeup base.

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  12. Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

    The Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen has an oil-free, water-resistant formula that protects your complexion and tatt from dangerous UV rays.

  13. Banila Co. Hello Sunny Essence Sun Stick Fresh

    Tired of having to rub your sunscreen into your skin? Then you'll love Banila Co.'s Sun Stick! Its solid texture will allow you to quickly apply the product on areas like your face and tatts on-the-go.

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  14. Dear Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA+++

    This ultra-light and non-greasy sunscreen from Dear Klairs filters out harmful UVA and UVB rays to prevent skin from aging, being damaged, and to stop the tattoo's ink from fading.

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  15. Neogen Day Light Protection Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++

    Neogen's quick-absorbing sunscreen shields your complexion from not just the sun, but harmful pollutants, too. Honey, rose, and raspberry extracts provide light hydration so you'll never have to worry about the product leaving your skin oily and slick.

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