Your artist will give you instructions on caring for your tattoo in the short and long term. The lack of education for proper care can cause confusion and difficulty when it comes to ensuring the vibrancy and durability of the tattoo once the skin is healed. Knowing how to properly wash, moisturize, scrub, and take care of your tattoo can be confusing. Improper maintenance practices could also harm the tattoo. It is very discouraging to see that the pigment in your tattoo is fading and the design has become obscured.
Moderation is important
Some skincare and maintenance methods can dull the vibrant colours of a tattoo. Other practices can result in a lasting stain on the pigmented area. People who have tattoos often wonder if their practices fit in each category. However, the answer to this question is not as simple as “yes” and “no”. It is important to consider the effects of exfoliation, such as body scrubs, products with exfoliants, like glycolic and salicylic acid, or natural exfoliants, like the sand on the beach. The answer to this question depends on how the skin area containing the tattoo is treated, the type of exfoliating product used, and the additional skincare techniques incorporated into its overall maintenance regime.
It is never a wise idea to do too much, especially for tattoos and skincare. Healthline reports that exfoliating too frequently, using products too harsh or applying too much pressure to the skin can damage the moisture barrier and surface, dulling the tattoo’s vibrant colours. Since exfoliation is meant to remove dirt, bacteria, excessive oil and dead skin, drawing the tattoo area from these components and unwanted components can reveal the tattoo previously covered in bacteria and dead skin.
The principle of gentleness is the guideline.
Consult your tattoo artist or dermatologist to determine which exfoliating products are best for the skin area where your tattoo is located. Authority Tattoo says that if you are unsure, choose the gentlest options available. Acids like alpha and beta hydroxy can be found in acne treatments and skincare products. They work to remove dirt and oil from the skin while removing tattoos.
Exfoliants that do not exfoliate, like non-exfoliating body soaps or shower loofahs, can be equally effective at removing unwanted skin cells. Exfoliation efforts utilizing a coarse tool require conscious and intentional mindfulness to inadvertently avoid scrubbing the skin with too much intensity and causing damage to the skin’s top layers, aka the epidermis, and vibrancy of pigment, which brings your tattoo to life.
Exposure to harsher exfoliants, such as sand, is acceptable when used with natural exfoliants. However, it is not recommended to use them regularly. To maintain the energetically vibrant zest in your tattoo, you must practice skincare techniques like exfoliation and gentle cleansing.
Regular use of nourishing organic compounds like coconut oil over skin with tattoo colouring can contribute to the longevity of your body art, as can the daily application of sunscreen on the area, recommends Healthline.
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