how to prevent fading from finger tattoos

For you, with love by Tiny Tattoo Inc

When you are unsure whether to get tattooed on your fingers, there are some common questions. How to take care of your finger tattoos, how to prevent from fading too soon, and how fast it takes to discolor.

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Let’s answer to the most common question!

Do finger tattoos tend to fade over time? How fast will they fade?

If you are wondering how long do finger tattoos last, we don’t have good news for you. Unfortunately, the answer to the previous question is yes, but relax, if you take care properly, your tattoo will start to lose color, not before six months. In most cases, it keeps its beauty from six to eight months.

For those tattoos full of color, vividness can remain intact for up to twelve months.

So why does everyone want a finger tattoo?

They are one of the latest trends and more and more celebrities are showing their jewels adorned with splendid tattoos on their fingers.

Rihanna finger tattoo

They are becoming mainstream for those who want to have a fine, delicate, elegant, but also cool and fashionable tattoo.

For this reason, you are probably thinking if it’s worth getting a tattoo on your fingers. Is it your first tattoo? Maybe you’d like this article about which is the best place for your first tiny tattoo!

In this guide you will find out everything you need to know to prevent them from fading too soon and if they really hurt as they tell.

Some tips before going further:

  • The treatments required are not different from those for other tattoos, they only require more attention.
  • Pain is real. It is an area rich in nerves and the skin is very thin. The finger area is considered one of the most painful areas where to get a tattoo because there is not much fat and few muscles, the sensation of the needle on the bone is very intense.

But this shouldn’t stop you unless you have a very low tolerance. Suffering for a few hours is really worth it. Remember that having a cool tattoo requires some pain, but it’s part of the experience. You should stand for a few hours at most, usually, the session is very short.

  • Consider a very simple design, a word or two, or a thin design. The more details you add, the more chances it will get ruined and discolored before the time. That’s why it’s important to take care of your tattoos and choose the best design.

When do finger tattoos fade? Why?

Finger tattoos require much more care than other tattoos because the skin area on your fingers is always moving and used a lot. For this reason, it is not easy to keep your hands clean and moisturized all the time.

The area is very thin and, with the continuous elastic movement of the skin, the possibility of fading and blurring is much more frequent than in other areas.

But as you read in the introduction, if treated with care, your tattoo will not lose its brilliance before six or eight months. To prevent it from fading too soon and maybe last much longer, you need to take care of some small details starting from the moment your tattoo artist stops tattooing you.

It is always a good idea to ask your tattooist for the best practices.

Since he/she is professional and has seen many people during his/her experience, their advice will be the best.

But, in case you forgot or still had some doubts, here is what you need to do.

What to do after the tattoo session

Like any tattoo, the first phase is the healing process. Your skin needs to regenerate itself and, for this reason, you are subjected to more damage at this stage if you don’t care properly.

Normally this phase can last up to six weeks, from the moment the tattoo artist pulls out the needle from your skin and you go out from the tattoo shop.

At the end of the work, any tattoo artist will apply the right bandages or films and between two and four weeks your skin will start to return to normal.

Tips: since the ink is permanent, you will have to pay great attention to healing and taking proper care of your tattoo every day.

Once you get home, you will have to take care of your new and fantastic tattoo.

Going home

Keep it covered for at least 8 hours from the time you left the studio and don’t touch it to avoid problems.

Then, with extreme care, remove all the bandages and wash your hands with warm water, the hotter the better. Pay close attention to the soap, try to use soap without fragrances, a mild soap like this one is just fine.

It is important that your tattoo always remains clean and hydrated!

Then, dry it carefully with a cloth, avoiding scratching the skin, and cover it with a dedicated lotion that keeps it hydrated.

For the first few weeks, you should try to keep it as covered as possible, avoiding direct sunlight (if you are thinking of getting a tattoo, summer is not the best season, sigh). Dust, dirt, and more dirtiness are to be avoided!

Continue for at least two weeks, applying the cream twice a day, and wait for it to peel on itself.

There are so many good creams on the market, we suggest one to take a look.

If you follow these simple steps, you will not have any problem with your finger tattoo!

Why do finger tattoos fade?

The finger area does not retain much ink compared to other parts. it is one of the most active areas of our body.

Our hands are in constant movement and any small thing can damage your tattoo and therefore increase the chances of fading. Above all, if you wear jewelry, rubbing the metal on your fingers could increase fade.

I’m sorry to tell you but there is no definite solution to how long it takes to discolor, nor a miraculous cure to avoid fading, but there are two ways to prevent it.

Two ways to avoid fading too soon

The first way is perhaps the most obvious, but it is not always easy to respect: keep your hands as clean as possible. Avoid using abrasive soaps, use neutral soaps that prevent discoloration. Creams without fragrances are excellent and keep the skin dry.

Small tips: if you want to use a product as natural as possible, I suggest you try coconut oil. Being 100% natural, it reduces the risk of irritation compared to other more industrial products.

The second way is the most expensive one, but it allows you to always have a fantastic finger tattoo, with vivid and sharp color: make adjustments every now and then from your trusted tattoo artist. In this way you make sure that it remains beautiful, this solution solves many problems. However it could be expensive to keep the color alive with touch-ups, and it could be much more painful than the first time (with the same money maybe you could do another tiny tattoo :P).

Therefore, it is never easy to take care of your tattoos, but with some precautions, you can extend the time and show your fantastic style everywhere.

Now you know, finger tattoos will fade faster than other little tattoos but wait, it’s not over! We have prepared something for you…

The best finger tattoo designs

Finally, if you think finger tattoos are what you are looking for, we have prepared a collection of ideas for you. Usually, we suggest getting a simple design, but you can also consider a hand-poked tattoo (if you’re brave enough).

Since we know how it’s difficult to find the right idea, we have created a beautiful collection of finger tattoos ideas and designs you’d love, but we want to give you a little preview here.

As you can see here, there’s no space for big and complex characters. We strongly suggest finding something simple, easy, and cute for you. Maybe, it’d be a cool idea to get a ring tattoo to get with your partner 😉

But, hey! Do you know that there are a few hidden spots where you can get small tattoos other than fingers? Here a collection of 10 hidden tattoos places for your next tiny tatt!