How To Stop Finger Tattoos From Fading Out

Tattoo fans know that there are certain spots where tattoos tend to fade more quickly than others. The five spots where tattoos fade the fastest, according to Tattooaholic, are the arms, elbows, feet, face, and hands. There are a few reasons for this. 

Let's consider the hands; not only do your hands get more sun than almost any other part of your body, which contributes to fading, but your hands also see a lot of wear and tear in your daily life (via Tiny Tattoo Inc). It can be difficult to keep them well moisturized all the time, as you are constantly using your hands for everything and likely washing them frequently. The skin is also very thin, and so with all the bending and stretching and motion, if you get a tattoo on your finger, it is all-but-guaranteed to fade. 

The good news is, however, that you can help slow down that fading significantly with proper care and attention at integral parts of the healing process, and also afterwards.   

Finger tattoos require extra care to prevent early fading

If you decide to get a tattoo on your finger, proper care and prevention of fading begins immediately after the procedure (via Tiny Tattoo Inc). The healing process, which lasts approximately six weeks, is when your skin is most susceptible to damage, and therefore, it is when your tattoo is most susceptible to the elements and to motion and other actions that might make it fade.

When you first leave your appointment, make sure you keep the tattoo covered for at least 8 hours, then carefully remove the bandaging and wash with warm water and mild, fragrance-free soap. Pat it dry with a soft cloth taking care not to rub or scratch, and then slather on a moisturizing cream designed for post-tattoo care  (speak to your tattoo artist for their recommendation). 

For the first two weeks, you need to keep your new ink covered as much as possible to avoid sunlight, dirt, etc. During this time, apply that same cream at least twice a day, more is fine, too. After this point, avoid wearing jewelry on that finger, keep it clean and well-hydrated, and when you start to notice fading, get it touched up by your tattoo artist to keep it sharp and colorful.