Has your tattoo begun to look dull and faded as time goes by? Don't fret! This is completely normal and can be fixed with a simple solution! Keep on reading to learn how to revive your dull tattoo!
How do tattoos work?
Our skin has three layers: epidermis, dermis, and the fat layer. The epidermis is the outermost layer that protects the skin. The second layer, the dermis, contains the sweat glands, hair follicles, and blood vessels. The third layer attaches the dermis to the muscles and bones underneath.
When you get a tattoo, the needle penetrates the epidermis and dermis, and the ink is injected into the dermis layer. Since the ink is already on the second layer, it cannot be easily removed and may last for a lifetime.
Why does my tattoo look dull and faded?
Our skin regenerates every day-producing new skin cells and shedding off old skin cells. When your old skin sits on the epidermis for a long time, it will build up and will cause skin dullness. In other words, over time, dead skin and dirt sit your tattoo, making it look less vibrant.
What will happen if the dead skin will continue to build up on my skin?
When dead skin accumulates, the skin gets dry and flaky. The skin may also crack, making the body susceptible to infection. Not only does it make your tattoo look dull, but it may also get irritated, infected, and swollen.
How can I take care of my tattoo?
Well, the most important step is to exfoliate your skin. This means that you'll be removing the dead skin cells and dirt on your epidermis to make your tattoo look more vibrant. Just note that this routine is only for a fully healed tattoo.
The easiest solution is to get an exfoliating tool like the CheekyGlo Exfoliating Glove to easily slough away dead skin. This glove is made of viscose fabric, a rough-textured fabric, which is perfect for deep exfoliation. Follow the following steps when you exfoliate:
- Enjoy a warm shower or bath for at least ten minutes. In this way, your skin and hair follicles loosen up for easier exfoliation. Just note that you shouldn’t use any soap, body lotion, or oil prior to exfoliation as the glove relies on friction in removing dead skin.
- Wet the glove and squeeze out excess water from the glove, leaving it slightly damp.
- Move out of the water and start scrubbing your skin. Use upward and downward strokes until you see the dead skin cells rolling off your skin. For best results, apply pressure with the palm of your hands using long, firm strokes.
Now that your skin is already clean and dead skin-free, it’s time to keep it hydrated. Use body oil to keep your tattoo healthy and to provide a barrier for your skin.
For fresh and unhealed tattoos, moisturising is a way to help them heal faster and prevent itchiness and dryness.
Lastly, always apply sunscreen to protect your tattoo from harmful UV rays that could affect the vibrance of your tattoo.