Summer Skincare Is Totally Different With a Tattoo
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Summer Skincare Is Totally Different With a Tattoo

Protect your tat like the artwork it is.

Last August, I got my first tattoo. After about a year and a half of begging--and my parents threatening me with every excuse in the book--I got two small lines of script on my inner left ankle. The entire process took about twenty minutes total, but the aftercare and skincare routines that followed lasted much longer.

Before getting my ink, I knew that there was going to be some work involved if I wanted to keep my tattoo pristine, but there were some things that I never even thought to worry about.

If you're considering getting a tattoo, I obviously think you should go for it, but proceed with caution. Tattoos can hurt, but a damaged and infected tattoo due to a lack of skincare can be downright excruciating.

First of all, you have to keep in mind the different types of lotions that are necessary after getting a tattoo, and how often you have to lotion your new body art. The general rule of thumb, according to my tattoo artist, is that for the first week or two, you have to wash and lotion your tattoo around five times a day. When washing and applying lotion to your new tattoo, make sure to use gentle soaps and lotions that are free of scents and glitters.

Additives within certain soaps and lotions can aggravate the fresh ink and damaged skin; remember, a tattoo is pretty much an aesthetically-pleasing open wound.

When I first got my tattoo, I used a basic bargain brand handsoap and applied Aquaphor five times a day. After a week (to a week and a half) has gone by, you still have to wash your tattoo pretty frequently to keep the risk of bacteria and infection at bay, but you can switch to a scent-free hand lotion rather than the Aquaphor.

The important thing is that the tattoo is still getting moisture into the skin barrier while the new skin heals over top of it.

But this need for moisture definitely doesn't extend to hopping in the pool. Pools, especially public pools, are filled with chemicals and other people's germs--things you definitely don't want getting into your new tattoo. Because of this, most tattoo artists will recommend that you avoid fully submerging your new tattoo in water for at least two weeks, whether this be in a pool, the ocean, or a bath tub.

Obviously, still shower (don't be nasty, ya feel?), but be careful with how much water you're running over the fresh ink.

To keep in line with this rule, I got my tattoo in late summer, that way I was more focused on moving into school and fall-ish activities, rather than hitting the beach. And, speaking of the beach, the last big tip that tattoo artists recommend is to be extremely cautious of how much sunlight your tattoo gets.

If your tattoo is on a pretty visible part of your body, make sure you slather it with a ton of sunscreen. The more direct sunlight your tattoo gets, the faster it will fade. This is especially true of color tattoos!

Tattoos are a great way to express yourself in an incredibly public fashion. That said, if you're planning on getting some body art during the summer, you're going to have to take extra steps to make sure it looks just as fresh as the day you got it. And, it'll definitely be easier to maintain if you fellow these summer skincare tips!

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10 Things to Consider Before Getting Your Next Tattoo or Piercing

"Ink muh whole body I don't give a motha fuck"-Wiz Khalifa

Tattoos are permanent, obvi. So instead of opting for a spur-of-the-moment irrational decision, you should really think through these next ten things before you get inked or pierced.

What will your parents think? I have two tattoos that no one can see unless I'm in a bikini; and I just got my belly button pierced. I'm going to Hawaii in June with the fam. Something tells me dad isn't going to be too stoked. When he saw the (easily coverable) one on my foot, I got the whole "What are you doing with your life?" talk. Sigh.

Even more important than parent's opinions are future employers'. They may not like full sleeves, neck, or face tats. (Does anyone really like face tats? jw.) Get them where they can be covered with normal office wear. Same with piercings--make sure they leave minimal holes in your face, and take them out before your interview.

Think about what you are getting. Do you really want your Greek letters, or something signifying how good you are at drinking, permanently on your body for the rest of your life? Explain that one to your wife in 10 years, dude. What's cool now might not be cool later.

Matching tattoos are an all around terrible idea. They probably won't be your BFF/BF/GF forever. Just don't do it.

The pain is real. Think about how big/small the placement of a tattoo is before you get it. Anything on the bone hurts like hell. If you can't tolerate pain, opt for somewhere else or you will probably end up with a half-done tat.

For piercings especially, consider healing time. You will be out of commission--or at least any contact supports--for some time with a navel piercing; and you won't be able to sleep on your side for a bit with newly-pierced ears.

Be ready to take your clothes off. But really. I got an under-boob tattoo, and the artist got the best view for two hours. My best friend was sitting with me and said "Oh my God! It looks so good! I'm jealous!" And the man doing my tattoo said, "Yeah, the tattoo isn't bad either." Obviously it was a joke, but some people might be insulted by that. Just know that if you are getting tatted, you're probs going to shed some clothes getting there.

Know your artist. If you need a coverup tat, go to an artist specializing in cover ups. And just because a friend got a really good color tattoo from someone doesn't mean the same someone will do the same amazing job on a black and gray tattoo.

How much will it cost? Generally speaking, better artists charge higher fees. Because they can. Be ready to pay a pretty penny for a good tattoo. Also, tell them what you like and don't like when they are sketching. Don't be scared to be specific and honest because it's your tattoo, not theirs.

Don't get tattooed spur of the moment. Think about it. For months, maybe even years. It will be with you forever. Likewise, do not get peer pressured into a tattoo. Who cares if you lost a bet, or won a championship. If you are hesitant at all, just don't do it.

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DIY Skincare for College Students

You don't have to spend a fortune to take care of your face.

These college years more or less means ballin' on budget. As much as I wish I could splurge on clothes, pedicures, and cute home decor for my apartment, my money mostly just goes to gas, food, and beer.

Regardless of not being able to participate in monthly spa days, I've found ways to create my own spa experience at home.


Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the one that everyone else can see. You need to protect it from the sun, use a good moisturizer, and avoid sleeping in Saturday night's makeup. Your skin needs to be taken care of to stay healthy. Here are a couple of amazing DIY facials that I've tried.

Basic blackhead buster

I use this simple blackhead remedy on my nose, which is definitely a problem area for blackheads. It can be harsh to put all over your face, but small areas such as this are perfect. Find something that can be used as a tray or small bowl, then mix together equal parts toothpaste and salt. Make just enough to cover what you need. Leave it on for about five minutes and then wash off! It may sting, but that's completely normal.

Nice and tight mask

I started using age prevention face washes, lotions, and toners this year. It's never too early to start! I have friends who started using these products as seniors in high school. With alcohol consumption, smoking, and stress, we can age much quicker than we want to.

This mask works wonders. All you need is two teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of ground coffee beans. You can add either greek yogurt or egg whites as a base, because both have awesome skin tightening properties. Leave on for 15 minutes, wash off, and enjoy!

Dry, dry dry

Dry skin is a problem for many people. An easy face mask to cure this is a tablespoon of greek yogurt, half an avocado, and a teaspoon of honey. The avocado itself can even help reduce the look of double chins! Double bonus: 15 minutes is all you need.


Redness is extremely difficult to hide, and covering it with makeup can't always be the answer. In fact, make the problem worse. For this mask, mix egg yolk and lemon juice together to splash onto the red areas. Add a bit of baking soda to give it more of a thicker feel. Leave on this mask for about 10 minutes.


If you struggle with acne, you may be hesitant to put crap on your face. Keep it simple with a tablespoon of greek yogurt, one mashed up banana, and one to two teaspoons of turmeric. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes and lightly rinse off.

Dull dud to glowing goddess

If you have dull skin, or just feel the need for a facial, this is the one for you. This is by far my favorite. It covers many bases as far as skin care and will leave you ready to start the week off right.

Mix one tablespoon of greek yogurt, two teaspoons of honey, two teaspoons of cinnamon, and squeeze in some lemon. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse!

Schedule some me days, stay at home in your pajamas, and get to pampering! It feels so good to be freshly manicured, waxed, and facial-ed. Apart from taking care of yourself physically, you will feel completely rejuvenated mentally. Total. Zen.

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Four Drawbacks of Getting Tattoos

Guilty ink.

Before you decide to pay for another needle jabbing spree to add to your body artwork, you need to know what's behind your tattoo's skeleton. A lot of people today don't know what really goes into the ingredients of their tattoos; only that they're safe when you go to a trustworthy tattoo parlor.

Now, I'm not being biased. I have tattoos; and I didn't read much about the logistics either before I got them. But, after taking more classes in nursing school, I began to learn more about why our bodies should be taken seriously, especially when it comes to something foreign like a tattoo.

Tattoo ink hasn't even been approved for use by the FDA.
And those are the people you should trust the most. Well, the FDA and the CDC. So wait, if their ink isn't approved, are they tattooing you illegally? Well no. Get this: the FDA states that even though they haven't approved tattoo-grade ink, parlors still use other pigments. Those "pigments" that are used are "industrial-grade colors suitable for printers' ink or automobile paint," including antifreeze, formaldehyde, and carcinogens. Cool, right? Your tattoos can be twinsies with your essay papers, you car, and even a dead body.

Nothing can destroy your tattoo.
We all know tattoos are permanent, but did you know that even severe burns to your skin can't take them away? That's how deep your ink runs.

There's a million and one things that can go wrong.
If a non-disposable tool is left just a tiny bit unsterilized, it can cause major issues in your body. Some of which include infection at the tattoo site, allergic reactions, swelling, scarring, and major itching. Even if your tattoo artist doesn't wear gloves, or is wearing dirty gloves. Aside from the tools, the ink itself can contain ingredients that don't match up well with your body, and could make the situation that much worse.

Tattoos and MRI's are not BFFs.
Take it from this guy. Because of the awesome chemicals mentioned earlier in the article, MRI technology can interfere with tattoos and cause severe burns on that part of the body. So, for anyone with full sleeves and chest piece tattoos, try to avoid any brain or spinal issues, tumors or cysts, because your MRI wouldn't go very well.

Just think before you ink.

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The Unfortunate Life of Having Sensitive Skin

How to survive and what products will help.

I was blessed with a not-so-fabulous trait of sensitive skin. My skin is terribly sensitive to basically everything. I have to be careful about some ingredients in products, what clothes I wear, and even how I apply lotion.

After going through my awkward teenage phase of trial and error, trying to figure what worked and what didn't, I think I finally figured out some of the best things to use to keep my skin from freaking out.

Substitute leg lotion for aloe vera.
After shaving, I can't apply lotion because it will make my legs burn and become really red. But they're dry, so I always want to put something on them.

I've learned that aloe vera is perfect for these things. It's used for taking the sting out of sunburns, so it also works for taking the pain out of razor burn. In a way, it also moisturizes the skin, and leaves it looking shiny and sleek.

Use baby powder as a base under deodorant.
My skin doesn't react well or work well with just plain deodorant. I pat on some baby powder before applying my deodorant, which keeps my skin clear and helps it work twice as long.

Cold compresses for heat rash.
Also after shaving, and sometimes for no reason, my legs will react to extreme sun and high temperatures. It almost looks like I'm allergic to the sun. My legs become red and they sting. Applying cold compresses and aloe vera help to take away the burning effect.

Unscented face lotion.
I can't put any type of fragrance on my face or else I'll breakout like I'm 13 again. But since I still need to moisturize my face, I use Curel Daily Healing Lotion. It's super safe and free of anything that would upset your skin.

Tea tree oil for body breakouts.
I love using scented hair products and body scrubs, but my skin does not love it. Sometimes I break out as a result of the fragrance, and acne scrubs don't work for some areas of the body. Using tea tree oil on any acne will clear it right up, and it's natural, so it's 100 percent safe for sensitive skin.

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Do's and Don't's of Getting a Tattoo

Remember: always tip your artist.

More and more of my friends are thinking about getting tattoos. In fact, it's becoming almost a fashion statement to have a tattoo of some kind on your body, so I decided to compile a list of do's and don't's of getting a tattoo. Here it is:

Do: Take your time. I encourage anyone that is considering getting a tattoo to remember that it is permanent. Ask yourself, "will you like the idea or the design in a year?" If the answer is yes, then by all means go get it, but if the answer is no, then take a some more time to solidify your decision. There is no shame in taking your time with this decision.

Don't: Get someone's name tattooed on you. Under very, very rare conditions can I see it being acceptable, and getting your boyfriend's name tattooed on your ass is not one of those conditions. Just play it safe and avoid names. If you want to honor a friend or parent or relative, then get a piece of symbolic artwork tattooed on you. It's often times much prettier than a name.

Do: Pick an appropriate location. Or let me rephrase that. Ladies, if you are going to be okay with that tattoo on your shoulder on your wedding day? Guys, will that tattoo sleeve hurt your chances for getting that job? See where I'm going? Ultimately, where you get your tattoo is completely up to you, and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. I'm just here to make sure that you are sure with where you want it on your body.

Don't: Get a tattoo from your cousin in his living room. Seriously, that's sketchy as shit. If your cousin is a fan-fucking-tastic tattoo artist, and works at a shop, then by all means let him do it. Just don't pay some dude 20 bucks to do a tattoo in his basement. Spend a little money to let a professional do it for you.

Do: Speak up. If you don't like something about the design that the artist drew, then tell him. Like I said, it is permanent, so try to get it to be as perfect as it can be. That being said, don't be that guy that asks an artist to redraw a design 10 times, especially if the design looked amazing the first time.

Don't: Get a tattoo while you are intoxicated in any way, shape, or form. It makes thing ten times more difficult for the artist, and if the artist is nice enough, then he wont even do it while your drunk.

Do: Research the tattoo shop and the artist. You really want to be absolutely sure that the artist knows what he is doing. Plus, they often specialize in a particular artwork, so make sure your idea lines up with their specialty. For instance, if you want a tribal tattoo, then go to someone who does really good tribal work. If you want a neotraditional tattoo, then go to someone who does good neotraditional tattoos. Oh, and always make sure that the shop and artist cleans their needles really well. You don't want that to get infected.

Don't: Forget to tip the artist.