Ink On Ink Off Issues Advice for Summer Skin and Tattoo Care.

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With summer activities ramping up, it's critical that all people take proper precautions in caring for their skin before they head out to soak up the sun.

People can get sun damage anytime of the year, but it’s especially prevalent in the summer because with warmer weather we’re out in the sun more often wearing fewer clothes.

Ink On Ink Off, a new Cleveland business specializing in tattoo removal / alterations, and skin revitalization, is issuing an alert for would-be sun worshippers this summer.

“With summer activities ramping up, we’re concerned that people won’t take the proper precautions in caring for their skin before heading out to soak up the sun,” said Lee Ponsky M.D., Ink On Ink Off principal. “Recent studies have shown that in spite of all the ready information available, people don’t always think of the sun’s rays as being potentially harmful.”

Research conducted a few years ago by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, certainly bears this statement out. According to the research, the ozone layer – which protects us from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays – is depleting and isn’t providing as much protection from the sun as it used to, a fact born out by the Canadian Cancer Society statistics showing that non-melanoma skin cancer rates have tripled since the 1960s.

According to Jill Miller, M.D., Ink On Ink Off medical director, skin damage from the sun is one of the things she sees most in the skin revitalization practice. And although they can do a lot to help restore sun-damaged skin, says Dr. Miller, the best way to guard your skin from sun damage, she said, is to avoid the sun altogether.

“People can get sun damage anytime of the year, but it’s especially prevalent in the summer because with warmer weather we’re out in the sun more often wearing fewer clothes,” said Dr. Miller. “Sun damage can not only prematurely age your skin, but it can also put you at risk for skin cancer.”

In lieu of staying indoors all summer long, Dr. Miller said the first line of defense is to use sunscreen.

“You need to use sunscreen every day on any exposed skin, even if it’s cloudy,” she said. Dr. Miller went on to say that you should choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30.

“And don’t forget your lips, behind your ears and on your neck,” Dr. Miller said. “These are some of the areas that people often forget about – much to their pain and suffering!”

Dr. Miller said that reapplication of sunscreen is crucial. “People sometimes think that once they apply the sunscreen, they’re good, but that just isn’t the case,” she explained. “Rule of thumb is to reapply every two hours.”

You can also protect your skin, Dr. Miller said, by covering it up.

“Wear loose fitting, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a hat…and don’t forget the sunglasses!” she said. “Light colored clothing, in fabrics like cotton will keep you cool and protected!”

The same principles that apply to your skin, apply to your tattoos as well, according to Dave Chercourt, Ink On Ink Off tattoo artist and artistic director.

“I’m sure people with tattoos just don’t think about it, for the most part,” Chercourt said. “But you should apply sunscreen to your tattoo just like any other part of your body.”

But, said Chercourt, getting tattooed in the summer is generally a bad idea.

“Fresh tattoos can’t be exposed to the sun at all while they’re healing,” he said. “Because the epidermis is damaged during the process of tattooing, the skin doesn't have an UV protection, and will basically sunburn instantly.”

Not only that, Chercourt said, but healing tattoos can’t be exposed to chlorinated water, lake, river or pond water, sand, dirt or just about anything else while healing.

“That really puts a damper on a lot of things for most people for at least a few weeks after getting tattooed,” he said. “Some people don't care, but that's a deal breaker for a lot of folks.”

For more information about caring for your skin and your tattoos, visit the Ink On Ink Off website at

Ink On Ink Off is located at 34302 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. If you’d like more information, or want to schedule a free consultation, simply call their office at (216) 633-7569.

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