Colorado is no stranger to sunny days year round, however as we come to a close on our gloomier season it’s time to start thinking about sunscreen, hats and protective clothing. Protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays is especially important while going through any laser treatment process, especially tattoo removal. When a tattoo removal treatment is performed, the skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun is compromised which can result in blistering, scarring and pigmentation.
The key to proper protection comes down to choosing compliant sunscreens and following proper application guidelines. We recommend broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen with an SPF no lower than 30 and no higher than 50. The SPF number refers to the amount of protection against harmful rays (ex. SPF 30 blocks about 97% of sun radiation), and the time in which your skin is protected in between applications. This is by far the most important factor in sun protection; reapplication. The Sun Protection Factor measures (approximately) how long the skin can be exposed to the sun before it starts to burn. For example, on average it takes roughly 10-20 minutes for a person’s skin to start burning without sunscreen. An SPF 30 would prevent the skin from burning 30 times longer than without sunscreen, so about 300-600 minutes or 5-10 hours. But this isn’t an exact science, as so many factors affect how long the sunscreen actually stays on the skin. Dermatologists still recommend reapplying SPF every 2 hours despite the SPF rating.
For safe and effective treatments during your tattoo removal process we recommend Ultimate UV Defense SPF 50 by our favorite professional skincare company, SkinCeuticals. You can find this and many other skin care options at our clinic and we offer 20% off products with the purchase of tattoo removal or hair removal packages.