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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The Latest and Greatest Skin Care Products

Take care of your skin, please.

A lot of people underestimate the power of a good skin care routine. You can have the best, most expensive makeup products in the world, but nothing compares to the look and feel of really soft, smooth skin on your face and body.

Here are some of the latest and greatest skin care products that will get you through the summer heat.

Philosophy: Purity Made Simple Cleanser

A greatest for sure. Purity is one of the first cleansers I ever used. I actually started using it when I had very bad acne. It's a gentle cleanser, because it's good for all skin types. This cleanser deep cleans the face and gets into the pores, but doesn't strip your skin or leave it feeling dry. My cheeks tend to get dry in the summer, even to the extent of getting flaky, but this cleanser really helps regulate my skin to a normal state.

Boscia: Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil

Retails for $30 for 5 oz

Cleansing oils seem to be the new trend item in skin care. Turns out that cleansing your skin with oil won't actually make it oily. Who knew? Instead, it makes your skin smooth, like a glazed donut. I have oily-combination skin that also gets pretty dry, so my skin type is a good 'test' skin type. The Bosica cleansing oil is definitely my pick from the range of oils out there. I use it to take off my makeup. It's does a good job of taking off all of the dirt hiding away in my pores. After using this I feel like a fresh baby angel that's never had makeup touch my virgin face before.


Glamglow: GRAVITYMUD Firming Mask

Retails for $69

This mask is not a joke. It's a firming treatment that comes out a metallic silver color and by the power of Glamglow's "vizitight' technology, 91 percent of users agreed that their skin felt tighter and more toned after using it. I've only used a sample of this twice before, but I do plan on purchasing it... when I hit the lottery. I have a baby face, aka a fat face, and I felt like this mask firmed my skin, almost giving me a fake face lift. It's sort of like that feeling you get when you put your ponytail at the top of your head and tie it as tightly as possible. Some people I even asked me if I had lost weight because my face appeared slimmer. I swear, this stuff really works!


Sunday Riley: Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Retails for $65

Moisturizer should be the most expensive item in your skincare collection. It's the one thing that sits on your face all day and all night long. If you're able to invest in a good moisturizer, then you definitely should. Sunday Riley has a lot of amazing products but their new moisturizer is my favorite. It's a gel formula that is good for all skin types. This really helps to fade by acne scars and to brighten my face. I've noticed a huge difference after making the switch from my previous cream. I use this day and night because it's light enough for the day, but powerful enough that you don't need a separate night cream.

Kiehl's: Activated Sun Protector

Retails for $29

If your creams or moisturizers don't have SPF in them, you should invest in a good sunblock. SPF 30 is what you should aim for in a sunscreen. This Kiehl's lotion has a watery consistency that cools the face. It feels amazing when you apply it on the beach or when it's hot outside, so this is a great summer buy. It also doesn't give you a white caste in flash photos, so you can apply it under makeup, too! Don't forget to put a little bit on the tops of your hands to prevent wrinkles. You can always tell how old someone is by their hands!

Mario Badescu: Facial S

Retails for $7

It seems like toners have been on the come-down lately. More and more brands are dropping their range of toners. The one tried is the facial spray, I use it in between cleansing and moisturizing or midday to freshen up my makeup. However, if you're looking for another option, the cult favorite is the Mario Badescu Rosewater spray. It's a hydrating spray that gives you an extra boost whenever you feel dry or just gross. You can even spray this in your hair if you're feeling experimental.

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Why You Should Wait Until Winter to Get a Tattoo

Tat healing is better during the cooler months.

Tattoos are definitely becoming more mainstream, with 29 percent of Americans having at least one tattoo. However, there is a right and wrong time to get a tattoo. Unfortunately, the summer is the wrong time to get your dream tattoo. The best time to get a tattoo is during the fall or winter months.

First off, the cooler months are just more comfortable for literally everybody. Who likes having to blast the air conditioning to combat the heat, especially while getting a tattoo? The cooler months are just that - cooler - and you will definitely be more comfortable. Plus, you don't sweat during the winter months so that's something you won't have to deal with when it comes to your new tattoo.

Tattoo healing is also better during the cooler months. Sweat is not your friend when it comes to your tattoo. Neither is constant exposure to the sun. When you first get a tattoo, coverage is key. You will avoid fading, damage, possible infection, and it will heal easier and faster.

When your tattoo heals, it goes through stages. The first stage is the healing and scabbing of your tattoo. The second stage is when your tattoo will begin to itch and peel. And the third stage is the final healing, when the scabs will fall off and it will begin to look much better. It's definitely in your best interest to cover up your tattoo during the healing process. No one really wants to show off a healing tattoo. It's the healed tattoo that you want to display.

Lastly, the winter season is the slow season for tattoo shops. That means less waiting time to get your tattoo and your tattoo artist will be able to spend more time with you, making sure that the tattoo you want is the tattoo you get.

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Top 5 Tattoo Artists to Follow on Insta

They do ink the right way.

Keeping up to date on the latest tattoo trends is yet another reason we love Insta. Check out these crazy-talented artists for some ink-spiration.

1. Jon Boy
Jon Boy is a NYC based artist, partially famed for tattooing celebrities like Kendall Jenner. He is known for his delicate minimalist and calligraphic work, often placed perfectly in inconspicuous places like inside fingers and behind ears.

? #jonboytattoo

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Doctor Woo Tattoo
He is an LA based artist, whose art adorns the bodies of celebrities like Drake, Johnny Depp, and Rihanna. His work is identifiable by his signature circle and arrow shapes that appear within the larger designs, giving his work a delicate and intricate look.

Hamsa ?

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Scott Campbell
Yet another tattooer of celebrities, Campbell's work can be spotted on celebs like Marc Jacobs, Orlando Bloom, and Penelope Cruz. His background in biochemistry makes him even more interesting as an artist, with many of his designs featuring cool geometric and lined patterns, covering large areas.

Private studio downtown LA. Taking a few appointments. Thank you for your confidence.

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Corey Divine
Corey Divine is known for his geometric and mandala-inspired tats. He works in both black and colored ink, transforming bodies into canvases for his abstracted and undulating compositions.

Double back in progress, cover up . . #RelationshipGoals

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Sasha Unisex
This artist hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, her claim to tattoo artist fame lies in her watercolor-inspired graphic tats. She cites nature and animals as some of her biggest sources of inspiration. She also has a line of temporary tattoos out, so you can sport her designs without the commitment.

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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.