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Tattoos and Spray Tans


A few people have asked me if spray tanning will discolor their tattoos. A spray tan only effects the outer layer of skin and tattoos go quite a bit deeper. While lighter colors on tattoos may darken up just a bit from spray tanning, its only temporary and none of my clients with tattoos have ever mentioned it discoloring their tattoos. UV tanning, on the other hand, has been shown to fade tattoos faster. I always suggest to my clients that if they’re concerned about their tattoo getting discolored, we can just put a light coat of barrier cream over it to protect it. Having said that, if it’s a new tattoo, I always suggest they wait about 2 to 3 weeks to let the tattoo completely heal before getting a spray tan. PS: tattoos look much better with a tan.

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