ECO COSMETICS FOR TATTOO LOVERS

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Over the past couple of years we have seen an increase in products available aimed at people with tattoos. Whilst tattoos may have once held a negative stigma, the way they are perceived has completely changed over the past decade – the chances are everybody will know someone who has a tattoo. This shift in attitudes has opened up the market to cosmetic companies making products aimed at those with tattoos.

As one of those who do have tattoos, I have tried and tested numerous products over the past couple of years with Eco Cosmetics being the latest to put to the test.

Before the brand contacted me I wasn’t aware too aware of them. However after looking further I was surprised to see how many products the brand has to offer – from the usual skin and body care to dental products and baby products – they really have thought of everything. Over the past couple of weeks I have been testing out both a shower gel and body lotion from the tattoo care range, so if you want to see what I thought, carry on scrolling!

‘For Tattoo Lovers’ is a range of products designed to care for and protect tattooed skin. Containing carefully selected ingredients, the range consists of a Sun Protection Lotion, Shower Gel and Body Lotion. Although there are a number of similar products on the market, the key here is the brands approach to natural skincare with 100% of the total ingredients from natural origin. The key ingredient here is Noni-extract which is renowned for it’s healing and rejuvenating properties.

As well as containing natural ingredients the brand is also vegan and cruelty free and boasts green credentials for deriving ingredients from organic farming and funding reforestation.

The first product I tried was the Shower gel. My first impressions was that like most other shower products, it does what its meant to do. Although the formula is very watery, you still get a decent lather and your skin is left feeling cleansed and fresh – just be careful when your squeezing it out! The shower gel contains similar ingredients to the body lotion so after drying myself off I applied the lotion to not only my tattooed areas  but the rest of my body too. At this time of year I usually go for a rich moisturiser as my skin gets quite dry. I was pleasantly surprised with the Eco Cosmetics Tattoo Body lotion. My skin feels soft, hydrated and moisturised. Most importantly it lasted the day which is exactly what I’m looking for at this time of year. As the lotion contains SPF there is always that slight ‘sun cream’ feeling but at least you know your tattoos are being protected no matter what the season is.

Overall I found that the products made my tattoos look brighter when applied. The colours and lines looked more defined and in general my tattoos just looked a lot healthier! I wouldn’t say theres a lasting effect, but if you’re looking for immediate results, these are the products for you. As you’re tattoos become older they start to fade so looking after them as early as possible is a sure way to keep them looking there best for years to come and that’s where products like these come in handy. I can definitely see myself using these again!

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Have you tried any of the Eco Cosmetics range? What would you recommend?
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ELECTRIC INK SKINCARE REVIEW

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When it comes to tattoos, everyone has an opinion. Some people love them, others hate them. Whatever your opinion is there’s no denying the design and dedication that goes in to creating the perfect tattoo.

If you have ever had a tattoo you will know the healing process can be quite lengthy and irritating. No matter how you choose to aid the healing process, the key is to keep it hydrated to stop it drying out or cracking. Once healed you will then be left with a bright strong tattoo that you will want to keep looking it’s best.

When tattooed skin is dry and dehydrated it is visible to the eye. Tattoos look dull and lifeless and when you’ve spent so much money on something, you want it to look its best, don’t you?

Keeping your tattoo moisturised will make sure your tattoo is looking it’s best at all times so when I was asked if I would like to try out the Electric Ink Skincare range I was keen to see if it could improve the appearance of my tattoos.

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The range consists of 3 products – the Daily Moisturiser, Defining Body Oil and Vibrancy Serum, and are each packed with active ingredients to help protect your tattoos. Liftonin®-Xpert helps to reduce inflammation and supports the maintenance of tattoo ink, whilst coconut oil, inca inch oil and vitamin E acetate all help in keeping your skin moisturised and nourished. Each product comes individually packaged in a unit carton adorned with classic tattoo designs, which is a nice touch while the coloured text defines which each product is – I’m all about packaging!

Daily Moisturiser 200ml What it says: A everyday moisturiser to help protect your tattoo and skin whilst keeping it fresh, nourished and defined.

Out of the 3, this has been the most used product. Not only does it smell great, but it also does the job. The lightweight formula quickly absorbs into skin leaving your tattoo looking healthy and bright. I particularly think this works well if you have coloured tattoos, as it brings out the intensity of the colours.

Vibrancy Serum 60ml What it says: Enhances colour, maintains pigment and promotes vibrancy of tattoos whilst hydrating your skin.

Much like the daily moisturiser, the vibrancy serum really helps bring your tattoos back to life. Out of the two I would say this one is more intensive but as I have naturally dry skin this is the type of formula I would usually go for.  I found that not only did this make the lines look more defined and darker, it also made the skin around the tattoo look so much healthier too – the addition of amino acids really allow the serum absorb deeper into the skin. The only downside for me is that the tube is quite small so if you do have a lot of ink, it’s not going to last as long as the daily moisturiser but a treat for your tattoos non the less.

Defining Body Oil 110ml What it says: Moisturises whilst delivering gloss and clarity for that fresh ink look.

The body oil spray is a great option for those who like to have their tattoos on display and really show them off. After spending the past two weeks away, the defining body oil spray came in handy at the end of a day in the sun. Not only did it keep my tattoos hydrated but it also made them look a lot bolder, even through tanned skin. Unlike the other two products the body oil has a more sheer finish so it draws more attention to your tattoos, however it absorbs nicely into the skin and doesn’t leave your skin sticky which is the first thing I though about when I saw it was an oil.

Overall I’m really impressed with all the products in the range and look forward to seeing what else is introduced in the future! Have you tried any of the Electric Ink range? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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L’Oreal Men Expert Tattooed Skin Reviver Review

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Whilst we’re talking tattoos; before I went away the lovely people at L’Oréal Men Expert sent me the new Tattooed Skin Reviver Moisturising Body Lotion* to try. Unfortunately due to how busy I was I never really got chance to use it until I came back – which was just as well as I had a new tattoo during my travels.

When tattooed skin becomes dry and dehydrated it is visible to the eye. Tattoos look dull and lifeless and when you’ve spent so much money on something, you want it to look its best.

When I saw that L’Oréal Men Expert were releasing a new moisturiser for tattooed skin I was immediately interested. Not only am I already a huge fan of the brand having used many of their products over the years, but it’s good to see such a big brand evolving with the male grooming market by understanding consumer demands and releasing something a little bit different.

After two weeks of island hopping, my skin was crying out for moisture. The combination of sun exposure, salt water and sun burn had left my skin in need of some TLC. One of the first things I turned to on my return was the Tattooed Skin Reviver.

Although created especially for tattooed skin, this daily moisturising body lotion is fast absorbing, non greasy and leaves no residue behind making it suitable to use on your whole body (which I did). Not only does this product do what it says on the label, it also smells good.

So how does it work? The magic ingredient here is Creatine. Creatine is naturally found in the body where it is produced in the liver, kidneys and pancreas and provides cells all over the body with energy. Creatine can also found in your skin where it stores natural energy and maintains correct function of your cells. By adding creating to the Tattooed Skin Reviver it is able to provide energy on demand; reviving colour contrast and making your tattoos look healthier and brighter.

The 24H hydration formula leaves your skin feeling super smooth and moisturised all day which in turn means your ink will continue to look as fresh as the day you had it, well almost.

Would I recommend it? Yes. I have used this product a number of times now and can still see the effects it has. I wouldn’t say it’s a permanent fix but its there for when you need it.

Along with the Tattoo Reviver, I also received the new Anti-Fatigue Moisturiser* and Citrus Wood Shower* Gel to try out. Despite not trying the Moisturiser yet, I have used similar products in the Men Expert range which have always been good so I know that no doubt this will follow suit.

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The Citrus Wood Shower gel is huge and is definitely a product where you get your moneys worth. This is the first shower gel from Men Expert that is enriched with Citrus and is specially formulated to eliminate impurities such as sweat.  The fresh citrus woody fragrance leaves you feeling really clean and refreshed and because it is suitable for hair, body and face it would make a great addition to your gym bag for all your post-workout needs.

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The L’Oreal Men Expert Range is available to purchase from Boots. Have you tried any of the above? What are your favourite Men Expert products? Let me know in the comments!

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Getting Tattooed in Thailand

If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed I have spent the last couple of weeks travelling around Thailand with Contiki. Whilst I was away I had a bamboo tattoo on Koh Phangan which resulted in loads of questions about the experience so I thought I would put it into writing for anyone else who is interested in having a bamboo tattoo.

Ever since I had my first bit of ink over 12 years ago, I have slowly been adding to my collection of tattoos over the years. Although a lot of thought has gone into some of my tattoo designs and placements, I am also quite partial to the odd spontaneous tattoo. You’re only young once, hey!

Most of my tattoos don’t have particular meanings, certain pieces remind me of  points in my life, experiences with friends or certain times and places. Tattoos mean different things to different people but for me, if I like the design then that’s a good enough reason to get it tattooed on my body.

Having a tattoo whilst travelling is a permanent reminder of that trip. I have tattoos from my year out in the USA which constantly bring back great memories. So when I booked my most recent trip to Thailand, getting a bamboo tattoo was one of the key things I wanted to experience whilst I was there having always been intrigued by the process. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted or where, just that I wanted one.

So, what is a bamboo tattoo and how does it differ to a regular tattoo?

Bamboo tattoos initially originated among tribes some 2,000 years. Tattoos believed to offer protection and other benefits for the bearer and closely became tied to the Hindu-Buddhist concept of Yantra. Yantra refers to mystical diagrams which are used as an aid during meditation. Buddhist monks would traditionally tattoo these designs to offer power, protection, fortune, charisma and other fortunes for the bearer. Although not carried out by monks today, the practise of bamboo or Yantra tattooing is still widely available throughout Thailand.

The process involves attaching a fine needle to the end of a thin piece of bamboo and tightly wrapping a length of cotton around the two to hold it in place. The needle is then dipped into the ink and gently tapped into the skin.

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Unlike machine tattoos, with bamboo tattooing, the skin is punctured and not torn. This means there is a lot less blood. As the tattoo doesn’t scab, the healing process is a lot faster – usually 3 to 4 days.  Also, as there is little bleeding the ink settles quite deeply and very little colour is lost. resulting in a bright, strong tattoo.

One of the first questions I get asked is ‘what does it mean?’

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The Hah Taew (5 sacred lines) is one of the most popular Sak Yant Thai tattoos with each line having a different sacred blessings for success and good luck. Although the Yants have taken on different meanings over the years, typically the five lines represent:

  1. The first row prevents unjust punishment and leans in your favour when the area is grey, cleans out unwanted spirits and protects the place you live in.
  2. The second row reverses and protects against bad horoscope constellations and bad fortune.
  3. The third row protects you from the use of black magic and anyone who tries to put a curse on you.
  4. The fourth row energizes your good luck, success and fortune in your future ambitions and life style.
  5. The fifth row is to gain charisma and attraction to the opposite sex. It also is a boost to the fourth row.

The next question I get asked is ‘did it hurt?’ or ‘how does it compare to a normal tattoo?’

Having a fair bit of ink work I can honestly say I found the experience to be quite enjoyable. The tattoo itself was just as painful as having a normal tattoo – but tattoos hurt, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Bamboo tattoos take longer than machine tattoos and tend to be quite expensive because of this, but you are left with an intricate design which has been created by hand with a needle and some ink, and that’s quite impressive.

You also don’t have to worry about the aftercare as much either as explained above, which is perfect if you’re travelling around.

If you are thinking of getting some work done during your travels in Asia I wouldn’t blame you. As with all tattoos there are various things to consider beforehand to make sure you get exactly what you want. You don’t want to regret a poor decision so take the time to

  • Decide on a design
  • Decide on the placement of the tattoo
  • Shop around for price, don’t be scared to barter. I got mine 1000THB cheaper than originally quoted.
  • Pay attention to portfolios and previous designs.
  • Make sure everything is sanitary.

and…

Be prepared to want more. Tattoos are addictive.

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