Tattoo Care: Protecting your Artwork

Urban Body Blog

For many tattoo enthusiasts, the body is a blank canvas that’s meant to be adorned with art. Whether it’s a tribute to someone you love, an inspiring quote, or just a beautiful piece that reflects your personality, tattoos have always been a popular form of self-expression, dating all the way back to 4th millennium BC.

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With the Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show coming up this weekend, many will be flocking to the Convention Centre to meet their favourite artists, even sitting down for new ink of their own. However, as medical estheticians, we know all too well that more people are concerned with what they put on their skin rather than how they’ll take care of it afterwards.

If you’ve ever received a tattoo, you know how painful it can be. Needles create puncture wounds deep into your epidermis and fill them with ink. This means there are open lesions that are susceptible to infection. That’s why we highly recommend ProDerm Hydrogel, a dermo-calming and lightly moisturizing product that rapidly soothes sensitive skin, especially after trauma caused by tattooing. It’s comprised of 40% organic Aloe which regenerate the skin’s protective film.

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Aloe has a long record of external use in treating skin burns, irritations and disorders. It is high in vitamins and minerals, and is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and reparative. We can attest that it helps heal your tattooed area so much faster than without!

In tandem with your Hydrogel, you should also use the Osmosis Shade, a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that protects against the damaging effects of both UVA and UVB rays. Whether it’s paint on a canvas or ink on your skin, tattoos are susceptible to fade over time. This process is sped up even more after direct sunlight without SPF protection. To avoid having your ink look faded and dull, it’s so important to apply this high-performance, luxurious sunscreen throughout the day.

In fact, the Osmosis Shade is much safer and more effective than chemical sunscreens, which is what you typically find in drug stores. These are made up of more than 12 different chemicals, many of which have not been FDA approved. When absorbed into the skin, they can interfere with the normal function of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid. We offer free skin analysis and can examine if the products you’re using are putting you at risk, as well as recommend safe and effective alternatives.

Have questions about how to take care of you tattoo, or just your skin in general? We’re happy to help. Contact our medical estheticians in Vancouver for more info.

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