How To Waterproof A Tattoo For Swimming

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How To Waterproof A Tattoo For Swimming

We all know that tattoos are beautiful works of art and a great way to express ourselves. But if you’re planning on taking a dip in the pool or ocean, there are certain precautions you should take to make sure your tattoo doesn’t get damaged.

Read on to learn more about how to waterproof your tattoo for swimming. 

Understanding Your Ink 

The first step towards protecting your tattoo when swimming is to understand how it was made and how long it has been finished. Generally speaking, tattoos are usually considered healed after two weeks. Any shorter than that, the ink may still need to be completely set into the skin.

If that’s the case for you, wait until at least two weeks before hitting the water so that your skin can heal properly and won’t be as susceptible to infection or fading due to exposure. 

Applying High-Quality Sunscreen 

Applying sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to waterproof a tattoo before swimming. Make sure you choose a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher with UVA/UVB protection to provide adequate protection against UV rays from both outside sources (like direct sunlight) and reflected light (like when you hit the pool).

Apply generously all over the area where your tattoo is located—and don’t forget other exposed areas like your face! Reapply often, especially if you plan on spending an extended amount of time in the water.  

Using Waterproof Bandages 

Waterproof bandages effectively protect your tattoo from dirt, bacteria, chlorine, saltwater, and other contaminants while allowing it to breathe freely so that it can continue healing properly without being obstructed by clothing or wrapping materials.

Make sure you use bandages designed explicitly for tattoos; otherwise, they could stick too tightly or cause damage to the skin around it while being removed after getting wet in the pool or ocean.  

My Advice: Play It Safe

Swimming in dirty or chlorinated water can irritate your new ink and delay healing. It’s generally advisable to avoid swimming for at least 2-4 weeks after getting a tattoo, which allows it time to heal correctly and reduces the risk of infection. If you must swim during this time, I would simply use a tattoo sleeve and clean thoroughly afterward.