The 18 Absolute Best Sunscreens to Protect Your Tattoos From Fading

Protecting your skin from UV rays is an important step in any skin-care routine all year long, but in the summer months - when sitting in the sun for hours at a time isn't out of the norm - it's vital to apply (and reapply) your sunscreen - especially on tattooed skin. Without proper protection, the sun can dull a tattoo's colors and cause it to fade much quicker over time, effectively ruining the tat you likely spent a pretty penny on.

To ensure that your tattoo is protected from the sun, all you need is a safe lotion or spray sunscreen that, spoiler alert, you can use on the rest of your body. That's right, tattoos - whether super tiny or covering your entire body - don't need anything special when it comes to sun care, so whatever you use on your body is perfect for coating your ink with.

That said, based on effectiveness, price, and user reviews, we've rounded up some of the best sunscreens on the market for all skin tones and types to help protect all of your skin from the sun's harmful rays. And if you're more into physical blockers, like zinc oxide, we've got you covered there, too.

- Additional reporting by Aimee Simeon and Alaina Demopoulos

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