Temporary tattoos are not just a great way to get a custom look without the permanence of a real tattoo, they are also a fun way to show your support for your favorite team or school. No matter where you place your temporary tattoo, you are sure to enjoy it each and every time that you look at it. Unfortunately, it can sometimes prove frustrating when temporary tattoos are too temporary, and fade away too soon.
There are a number of things that you can do in order to keep your temporary tattoo lasting longer, and looking just as great as it did on the day that you put it on.
Preparation is Key
Perhaps the most important thing that you can in order to keep your temporary tattoo looking great and lasting longer is to ensure that you prepare your skin correctly before placing your tattoo in place.
Anything on your skin prior to placement can shorten your tattoo’s life. From lotions to powders, and even the natural oils on your skin can form a barrier between your skin and the ink of the tattoo so that it does not stick correctly.
Clean your skin thoroughly, and consider shaving or exfoliating, depending on the planned placement of the temporary tattoo. Exfoliating gives you a clean and fresh surface to work with when you apply your custom temporary tattoos. Be certain that you allow your skin to dry before placing the tattoo.
Selecting the right spot
Another important consideration is to select an area on your body where your temporary tattoo will not be in constant motion, and where it won’t come into frequent contact with clothing that could rub against it. Consider your hands and your feet; both have the potential to come into contact with a range of materials and substances all through the day. This constant contact with food, water and soap, and other materials can quickly fade and crack your temporary tattoo.
Watch how you wash
You don’t want to go without cleaning when you have a temporary tattoo, but you should take some care when you bathe. While many temporary tattoos might actually be waterproof, the constant contact with both soap and water can have an adverse effect.
Wash carefully around the tattoo, and avoid scrubbing or exfoliating the area where you have your temporary piece of art.
Correct follow-up care
After your tattoo has dried you could cover it with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. The petroleum jelly works as a sealant, and will help to protect it. Another option that is much less messy, and will prove to be just as effective, is to use a thin layer of clear nail polish. This will seal your tattoo effectively, and provide it with the protection needed.
If you do not use one of the two above options, you should be sure that you use an absorbent material to help absorb the natural oils from your skin that would otherwise start to damage your temporary tattoo faster. You can use corn starch or baby powder, or any other sort of absorbent powder.
Regardless of the method you choose, you are sure to appreciate the additional time that you get to enjoy your temporary tattoo.