“ Brand: Tattoo Goo / Type: Stick / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Protects, „
Imagine a chap-stick which is around twice the regular size, and designed to be used on tattoo's rather than lips - well that's exactly what the 'Tattoo Goo Colour Guard Stick' is. Over a matter of time, tattoo's can fade quite badly, leaving your body art a pale shade of its former glory. Of course, the sun plays a big part in this fading process as its UV rays can play havoc with your skin - therefore the Colour Guard Stick is basically a sunblock for your tattoo.
Measuring around nine centimeters in height, the Colour Guard stick comes in a black plastic container with a metallic purpley label. It actually looks quite cool and features a swirly floral design on the front. The applicator has a twistable ring bottom which allows you to raise and lower the inner stick, and this is activated easily and with little effort. Although bigger than a chap stick, the product fits easily in a pocket, and therefore can be transported to the beach without any hassle in the summer months.
Using the product is a simple and painless process - just pop off the cap and apply the tip of the white stick liberally to the tattooed area. The smell is very nice indeed, with a coconut aroma that lasts a fairly long time after you put it on. Like any other sunscreen, the product should be worn before contact with the sun, and needs be reapplied after swimming. It has a sun protection factor of 30 - which is just about right for me.
After putting on the colour guard, tattoo's appear darker in tone - this isn't due to any magical properties, it's merely down to the moisturization of the skin - water does the same thing, it's just that the Colour Guard keeps skin moist for longer, and therefore darker for longer. One important note is that it's important to leave three weeks after getting your tattoo done before using this stuff, and it shouldn't be used as an aftercare product.
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The product contains; Octinox, Oxybenzon, Ocgtisalate, and Zinc Oxide.
All in all, Tattoo Goo's Colour Guard Stick is an excellent product that smells great and is really handy. It's probably best suited for smaller tattoo's, as it would take ages to apply it to bigger ones. That said, I would highly recommend it (along with any other of Tattoo Goo's excellent products) to anyone who is looking for a decent sun-block.