Sun exposure

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Tattoos and sun exposure: a losing combination

Published July 22, 2012

At this point, most people know overexposure to the sun is harmful to your skin, but it's even tougher on tattoos. Ultraviolet light deeply dulls the vibrancy of the ink colors and makes relatively new tattoos look more like grandpa's weathered Navy tat. Local tattoo artists weigh in with their advice on how to keep skin ink vibrant.

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"Tanning Mom" territory

Published July 18, 2012

Opening the door to venture outside has become like having to face an enemy. I question whether I am exiting at the proper window of "safe" sun time, if I have slathered the appropriate non-toxic protectant on and whether a faux glow is truly a better alternative to a tan produced by the rays of the sun.