Surface piercings are all the rage these days. They are becoming more and more innovative, and therefore, popular. These are not your traditional body piercings, however; surface piercings do not go through the skin and out the other side. Instead, they only insert into the skin, and held in place by a bar under the skin. The most common style is dimple piercings, but there are several others making their way onto the trend train, such as eyebrows, cupids bows, foreheads, chins, and even the chest.
Surface piercings are different from conventional ear and body piercings in style, but also in care. One example is tanning. If you have a fresh surface piercing that is less than a few weeks old, and you are planning to hit up your local tanning salon for an instant glow, you better be properly prepared.
Continue reading to learn how to tan in a tanning bed while also protecting your new surface piercing and surrounding skin.
How to Tan With a New Surface Piercing
Because surface piercings are infamously known to be very fragile and sensitive, especially in the early days, it is important to take good care of them during the healing process. Tanning exposes you to high levels of UV-ray and UV-B light, which can be harmful to your surface piercings and surrounding skin if you are not careful. Here’s how to properly prepare your surface piercings for a run in the tanning bed, as well as the real sun:
Step ONE – Clean
Clean your surface piercing and the surrounding area prior to tanning. This is a vital step because it eliminates anything that could cause irritation, or worse, infection. In some cases, people have reported that their skin actually rejected the piercing and pushed it out as a result of post-tanning skin irritation. You can also use antiseptic liquids, like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your piercings.
Step TWO – Prevent Sun Burn
Once your surface piercing is clean and ready to go, you will need to implement some major sun protection tactics. If your skin surrounding the piercing were to burn, not only does it give your body one more wound to heal, but it can also cause permanent scarring around the piercing. Although you do not want sunscreen to get inside the surface piercing, be sure to apply some to the skin around the pierced area to prevent sun burn while tanning.
Step THREE – Cover Up
You are still not ready to tan yet. Now that your surface piercing is clean and sun protected, you need to cover it with a bandage. This additional sun protection step is important to ensure your freshly pierced skin is not damaged or irritated in any way during the tanning process. This is recommended for sun tanning or tanning beds. If you want to take it a step further, you can also cover your piercing with a towel, rag, or gauze. Just be sure whatever you use is clean.
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