If there’s one thing I’m obsessed with it’s tattoos. Vacations allow me to show off my ink like a show pony.
Times are a changing though and, thankfully, tattoos no longer have to stay hidden at the office (save for that tramp stamp you got on the boardwalk when you were 16… I guess we all did). My parents have always told me that my infatuation with tattoos will lead to me never being able to find a job. Such old-school thinkers are ye mom and dad. My tattoos have actually generated a lot of attention recently and subsequently launched my budding modeling career. People often ask me where I get my tattoos and most importantly how I keep them looking good. I mean, what’s the use of spending hundreds of dollars only to watch your tattoo fade and begin looking like a Monet painting?
Whether you have a tattoo or not, skin care should be a vital part of everyone’s regimen especially when basking in the sunshine of an Out Escapes vacation package (yep, I unabashedly plugged us). In recent years, companies have started offering us SPF numbers into the low hundreds. Save your wallet the trouble and remember that any SPF above 30 provides little extra protection. When laying out for hours reapply every two to three hours. While SPF protects us from UVB rays, the UVA ray protection a sunscreen provides is dependent on its ingredients. That said I always look for: titanium dioxide, oxybenzone, avobenzone, ecamsule or zinc oxide. Any product containing at least one of these ingredients will provide you with adequate coverage. If you’re going to be in the hot sun baking next to cool water, it’s only a matter of time before you hightail in for a refreshing dip. Water resistant sunscreen is obviously the way to go. Realize that it is not water proof, so after about 40 minutes of being out of the water you’ll want to reapply. Trust me: my tattoos are more Warhol, not Monet.