All posts in Tattoo Care

Tattoo Removal Makes Advancements

As tattoos become more and more popular, so are tattoo removal processes, such as laser tattoo removal and topical treatments to lighten tattoos. While most people love their ink when they first get it, sometimes tattoo removal can be a fresh start for them as they age and as circumstances in their lives change. Sometimes people get tattoos of names or to commemorate events that they later wish they’d never been familiar with. While tattoo removal cannot diminish memories or actual events, sometimes people find it comforting, and even refreshing, to be rid of a tattoo that has been serving as a painful reminder of that person or event day in and day out

Tattoo removal has always been an expensive route to take, forcing many people into just living with regret for their ink without being able to do anything about it. However, new advancements in tattoo removal are making things easier for many. Laser tattoo removal has really made some great advancements in recent years, making it easier to remove multi-color tattoos; in the past colors such as red and green have posed a much larger challenge in removal than they do now with lasers like the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.

Tattoo Aftercare Tips

Tattoo aftercare can sometimes be confusing. However, if you do not follow proper tattoo aftercare you risk infections, and damage to your new tattoo. Your artist is not responsible for infections or discolorations caused by improper tattoo aftercare on your part. It is your responsibility to keep your tattoo clean and make sure that it heals properly. This can be a bit overwhelming when you consider that, these days, it seems that every tattoo artists tells their clients something different.

Some key tips that never vary are to leave the bandage that your artist places on the tattoo for at least two hours. The purpose is to prevent air-borne bacteria from invading your new ink. To keep the tattoo clean, it should be washed with a gentle antibacterial, or antimicrobial soap- generic brands actually tend to be gentler for this. Your hand is your best tool for the job. Gently wash away any slimy texture, as that is most likely plasma, which will dry and form scabs over your tattoo. The tat should be gently dried with a clean paper towel, whatever ointment recommended by your artist can then be applied in a very thin layer. Ointment that is too thick can smother the tattoo.

It is important not to soak your tattoo, although showers are fine, and to protect it from direct sunlight. If you use lotion to keep the skin soft, use one that is fragrance and dye free to avoid irritation. It is absolutely vital that you do not pick at any scabbing and peeling- doing so can cause permanent damage to your art.

Natural Balm for Tattoos

Just after you have got a tattoo, that area of the skin becomes dry and you experience burning sensation. While there are several lotions and balms that are petroleum jelly based, only a few tattoo balms are made with natural ingredients. The natural tattoo balms contain antioxidants and antimicrobial properties in a botanical base. You can use these tattoo balms at your tattoo artist’s discretion.

Most natural tattoo balms contain beeswax combined with an oily base. For example in some you may find olive oil, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, coconut oil or Shea butter. In some balms you may also find essential oils like rosemary oil, tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil. Vitamin E is also an essential ingredient of tattoo balms as it conditions the skin while extending the shelf life of the balm.

All these formulations cater to skins that have just removed the tattoo or have just acquired one. These balms can also be applied on the existing tattoos to brighten up them. Most of these balms are available over the counter and you don’t need medical prescriptions for them.

natural balm

Tired of Your Makeup Smudging? – Try Cosmetic Tattooing

Nothing is more frustrating to more women than working for hours to get perfectly ready for an evening out on the town, just to have their makeup smudge and smear. Plastic surgery businesses and professional tattooists have a way to solve this issue. Permanent makeup or tattooed on makeup is made possible with a process called micro pigmentation. The process is just like getting a regular tattoo- there will be a patch test, a discussion with the professional on color choice, a sterile pen will sketch the area to be tattooed, and an anesthetic will be put on the skin. A hollow needle is then used to deposit the color into the top layer of the skin.

Things to keep in mind

It takes about 3 weeks for the cosmetic tattoo to fade to its permanent color. Also, you should always check y our tattooist’s credentials, and ask to speak with former clients about their experience. Cosmetic tattooing may be a fast growing part of the health and beauty industry, but it is not for the faint of heart, or those who like to change around their makeup looks often. The face is one of the most sensitive places to have tattooed, and redness and swelling may persist for some time after the procedure. A cold compress can help.