Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare: Long Term
In general, the immediate aftercare of your cosmetic tattoo is super important, but let's not forget that the after care keeps going - even after it's fully healed. I've timed this blog as a reminder to my ladies since the summer fun of long days spent under the sun and/or being immersed in a pool/ocean are here!
Avoid exfoliating the area and picking/scratching: Exfoliating this area is a no-go, especially with high end cosmetic treatments that include, but not limited to; acid peels, lasers, retinoids, and chemical/manual exfoliants. Picking or scratching the tattooed area can cause scarring.
Avoid direct sunlight: Exposure to the sun can cause fading and discoloration of your cosmetic tattoos. The repeated exposure will age the tattoo much faster than you want! Do your best to avoid direct sunlight. A hat, large sunglasses, and the use of sunscreen will be your new tattoo's best friends :D! Your facial sunscreen should be 30+ SPF to protect your face from damage. My favorite sunscreens are Sun Bum, Coola and Elta MD. My favorite lip SPF is by Sun Bum.
Moisturize: Use a good-quality moisturizer to keep your tattoos well hydrated. This will help to maintain the color of your cosmetic tattoo and prevent dryness and flaking. I recommend using Aquaphor or a tattoo ointment like Hustle Butter.
Pool/Beach/Saunas: Immersing in water for extended periods can cause the pigment to fade. So, it's better to limit your time in the water. HOWEVER let's not pretend that we don't need to also live our lives?! When you do decide to partake in water activities, use your moisturizer as a barrier cream before, during, and directly after. Much like sunscreen under the sun; keep adding it on to further protect your tattooed area.
Keep the area clean: Clean the area with a gentle, fragrance-free mild soap and lukewarm water daily. Avoid harsh exfoliants or scrubs as they can cause irritation or fading of the tattoo pigment.
AND Don't forget...
Cosmetic Tattoo Touch Up's: Cosmetic tattoos are not a one-and-done beauty service! For your nano powder brow touch up, you will need to book every 12-18 months to keep it to one session. For your lip blushing touch up, you will need to book every 18-24 months to keep it to one session. Don't put yourself in a situation of starting over, needing two sessions, which requires more time and money!
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