In my last post, I asked y'all your thoughts in hiding my tattoos while in Greece. Some said that I should let my "freak flag fly" (awesome!) and be myself, while others noted the importance of cultural sensitivity and not causing family strife. Others said I should be covering up simply to protect my tattoos from the sun.
Well, I've taken all your advice.
I've been wearing light, long-sleeved tees on the beach to avoid sun damage and baring arms at the bars at night.
While I've been here, I've also been trying out a tattoo-enhancing product, which I received before I left, designed to keep tattoos looking fresh and protect them during those moments when long-sleeves are no longer a necessity.
It's called Tattoo Brite, a "tattooceutical" that goes deep to the dermal level of skin (that houses your tattoo) and rehydrates the ink while also slowing our immune system's response to the work, which affects the vitality and longevity of the tattoo.
On the epidermal level, Tattoo Brite is an exfoliant leaving the tattoo, well, brighter as dead skin is sloughed away.
The cream also contains Titanium Dioxide for sun protection. It's SPF 20--I usually wear 50--so it's not my primary sunblock during the day. I've been putting it on before going out in the evening when the sun is still up so the added protection is a bonus.
The Verdict: My tattoos do look brighter. Our heavily tattooed friends at Cool Hunting have had the same results. And at $25 a pop, it's worth it for protecting your prized art work.
You can buy Tattoo Brite online or in stores like Ricky's and Bigelows. Find a full list of retailers here. In Europe, you can order it from Colette for 25 Euros.
If you're interested in how our bodies hold the tattoos, check Discovery's "How Tattoos Work."