“I am not in crisis, I just don’t care what other people think about my tats…they are “MINE” after all”. So down to the tattoo shop I go for another chance to immortalize a work of art of my choosing, using my skin as the canvas.
If you are at this point, as I am, and 40 years or older there may be some things to consider before getting that “sick tat” you have always wanted. Did you know that it takes your skin longer to heal as you age? Something that is not conducive to healing the new ink that you are planning on getting very soon, if you haven’t already. I am not going to claim to be a tattoo expert but I do know a thing or two about skin. As a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician I have learned a lot about it. Aging skin loses elasticity and the ability to heal properly due to lower levels of collagen production, diet, sun exposure, disease, medications, smoking, and much more.
Many people do not realize that when we age skin cannot abundantly produce collagen and we need to take extra measures to care for our new and even previous tattoos to keep them vibrant and looking fresh.
If you have any wrinkles or fine lines this is a sign of collagen deficiency. Using a collagen based lotion or cream can help tremendously with the healing process. Additionally, you need to keep the area free of dirt and debris. This is all stuff they share with you in the pamphlet or print out you are handed after you have received your ink. Along with a list of products you can use to help with the healing process. Because of the all natural ingredients and the great results my friends and I have had, I use a micellar lotion to assist in caring for and healing my new tattoos. Collagen keeps your ink looking fresh long after it heals and is great for all over your body too. Educate yourself on how to properly care for your new tattoo before you get it done. Ask your artist questions and be sure to follow any instructions given for the first couple of days following.
Our bodies need good food to fuel the healing process.
It needs nutrients to heal tattoos, such as vitamin C, zinc and protein. Including foods rich in vitamin C in your diet will help your body to make collagen. Fresh fruits and vegetables eaten daily will also supply your body with other nutrients essential to wound healing such as vitamin A, copper and zinc. It may help to supplement your diet with extra vitamin C.
Other things to be aware of before you settle on the butterfly on your right cheek or the dragon on your left shoulder;
Stay out of the sun or the tanning booth for sometime, let your tattoo heal fully and use a good organic sunscreen after it has healed. This will keep your ink from fading or looking leathery. Additionally, consider quitting smoking and adding exercise to your healing regimen. Take advantage of all the newfound energy you have after making these changes. It will increasing blood flow, your general health, and speed your tattoo healing. Also be aware that some medical conditions such as diabetes, anemia and some vascular diseases that restrict blood flow to the tattoo area of choice, or any disorder that hinders the immune system are things you need to consider before getting a tattoo. Certain drugs or treatments used in the management of some medical conditions may interfere with the body’s healing process also. It is always important to visit with your doctor before running down to the shop. Just to be sure you will have the best tattoo experience.
Now, go get that “sweet tat” and put it wherever you want it and never regret it!
Wife, mother of sons (full-time superhero), believer, midlife blogger, and entrepreneur.