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How to Keep Tattooed Skin Healthy

Tattoos are more popular than ever right now, with up to 40% of people under 35 having at least one (and 36% of those 36-54)—and a similar number then wondering how to keep tattooed skin healthy.

One important tip we’ve heard from many reputable artists is that you’ll get the best results when your skin is healthy to begin with! 

So, moisturize regularly for a few weeks before your tattoo. In the days before your appointment, be sure to drink plenty of water (and avoid drinking dehydrating alcoholic and caffeinated beverages). Arrive at your appointment with a clean skin surface. And of course, choose a reputable artist with a good reputation, and clean studio and equipment. 

Here are more things to know about keeping your tattooed skin healthy: 

The main concerns to ask your artist and doctor about (Before):

  • Allergies—this would be to ingredients in the inks. Some reds appear to be the most likely to cause a reaction, but if you are allergy prone, the risks are higher no matter which colors you use. 
    • As tattooing has increased in popularity, one of the developing areas of inquiry is what actually IS in tattoo ink. Believe it or not, there are few regulations or guidelines about what is or can be included—and sometimes even the manufacturers are unsure. 
    • What they do know is that tattoo ink ends up in a variety of different glands and organs; it doesn’t just stay put in the skin cells (which, of course, constantly shed anyway—your whole skin surface is replaced roughly every month—constantly pushing new cells to the surface).
  • Infections from bacteria or a virus—either from some getting under your skin during the tattooing, or while your skin is healing. (If your wound becomes red, hot, inflamed, has pus, or you have a fever… these should prompt a call to your doctor.)
  • Hepatitis B, C or HIV—which can occur if the equipment is not cleaned properly and residual blood from an infected person is transferred to your blood during the tattooing process. 
    • You may not know it, but because their work puts them (and you) in contact with blood and potential blood borne pathogens, tattoo artists must be certified by OSHA. This gives them guidelines for how to keep their equipment and studios clean, and you, protected!
  • Keloids—not harmful, but these are bumps that can develop around th tattoo site, caused by scar tissue.

How to Keep Tattooed Skin Healthy (During & After)

To help maintain skin health at the tattoo site, you’ll want to give it similar care to any open wound… plus a few extra steps over a longer period:

  • Keep the area clean—wash with antibacterial soap for the first 2 weeks, then your regular gentle soap. Pat dry, and keep covered until it’s fully healed. This will also help prevent you from scratching the scabs off, which can increase chances of infection!
  • Moisturize the area—once the wound has closed, keep the skin conditioned by moisturizing twice a day—keep the care up for 6 months, at least. Choose something that’s completely fragrance free. An ointment or thick cream are your best choices.
  • Use a high SPF sunscreen, always—and not just because of the protection from cancer-causing rays; the inks in your tattoo can be prone to fading in UV light., so it’s good for your art too!   
  • Natural, nourishing oils—consider applying a light coating of a natural oil each night, like Vitamin E oil (which may help scars be less apparent) or Tea Tree Oil (not just a good moisturizer, but also a plus because of its antibacterial properties).

Hopefully you will have started a healthy skin ritual like our Joy to the Skin Collection even before your tattooing, but if not, now is the ideal time to begin one! Caring for your skin will not only help your body’s protective organ withstand infections, it will help your fine art show at its best for years to come. 

Ayurveda Skincare

What is Ayurvedic Skincare?

If you’ve started to explore natural approaches to caring for your skin, you’ll probably have come across this term and may be wondering “what is ayurvedic skincare?”—and how might it apply to you… This intro will get you started!

Mark Twain once said that the finest clothing ever made is a person’s own skin. We couldn’t agree more! 

Your skin, the largest organ in your body, plays a surprising number of roles in your body. Its primary function is to act as a barrier. But besides protecting your body from harmful things in the outside world, the skin also helps the body maintain the right internal temperature and allows us to sense the world through nerve endings. 

It goes without saying that taking care of your skin is essential to your overall well-being. If you take good care of your skin, it can help take care of you. A good skincare routine leads to great, healthy skin. If you’ve ever looked into natural skincare approaches, or the science of eastern medicine, you may have come across a practice known as Ayurveda

Ayurvedic skincare is one of the oldest and most practiced skincare routines. But what exactly is Ayurvedic skincare? And how can it help you maintain healthy, naturally glowing skin inside and out?

What Is Ayurvedic Skincare? 

Based on ancient Indian medicine, Ayurvedic skincare emphasizes the use of herbs and other natural ingredients to treat and nourish the skin. The Ayurvedic system underscores the philosophy that true beauty comes from within

It’s the internal foundation of wellness that helps you look better on the outside. 

Ayurveda entails nourishing your mind, body, and soul. Eventually, practicing Ayurveda will help you become in tune with your body’s needs and take better care of yourself. You can use Ayurvedic principles to shape and tone your skin and body. When you apply Ayurvedic principles to your skincare routine, it’s known as the Ayurvedic skincare routine. 

How It Works 

Ayurveda sets a pretty high standard for the concept of natural skincare. The typical Ayurvedic skincare routine uses food-grade ingredients only. In other words, if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. 

The Ayurvedic skincare routine can include herbal formulations designed to nourish the skin based on your unique combination of the three doshas, or Prakruti. What are these? 

Doshas are one of three life forces that make up the constitution of the body and mind. Ayurveda believes that every person has a dominant dosha. Identifying yours can help guide you to an optimal path for health, lifestyle—and your skincare routine. Together it forms a personalized approach to health. 

The three doshas are: 

•    Vata (wind). Vata dominant individuals have sensitive skin that’s dry or rougher in texture. 
•    Pitta (fire). If you are a Pitta, your skin tends to be freckly and prone to acne and sunburn. 
•    Kapha (water and earth). People who fall under the Kapha skin type tend to have thick, naturally oily skin. 

According to Ayurveda, every individual has a unique proportion of each dosha, usually with one being more dominant. Your unique combination of the three doshas (Prakruti) affects the health and appearance of your skin. 

So, Ayurvedic skincare is an approach to living that starts with caring for your unique needs. It’s also a skincare routine built around the herbs, extracts, flowers, minerals, and essential oils that best nourish your skin’s harmony with nature and Prakruti. A good skincare routine from Srida Herbals can give you a healthy, happy start to a naturally healthier glow. 

5 Things to Avoid If You Have Dry Skin

5 Things to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin

Often dry skin is caused, or made worse, by factors we’re unaware of, but that are actually under our control—so to help your skin feel more soothed, here are 5 things to avoid if YOU have dry skin. 

Dry skin isn’t always the easiest to maintain, but it’s also not something to fear! With just a little extra care you can help your dry skin feel good and be healthy and at ease all year. 

Skin is called “dry” when it doesn’t hold moisture—it might feel tight quickly after washing (and even after moisturizing). If your skin is severely dry it can crack, peel, and/or become red and itchy. 

Staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of water is the first step in caring for your dry skin. While fruits and vegetables contain water too (along with plenty of skin nurturing vitamins and minerals), you need more. Most nutrition experts recommend adults take in eight 8oz glasses of water throughout the day. 

Once you have that habit in place, here are some of the top things to avoid if you have dry skin.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine has a diuretic effect—meaning when you drink it you lose hydration. And the more of it you have, the less effective your body is likely to be in flushing out toxins. It also has an aging effect: caffeine reduces collagen in your skin cells

Note that you’ll want to check on more than your coffee and tea, since many OTC headache medicines contain caffeine too!

A cup of coffee could run anywhere from 70-200+ mg… tea 32-42mg… colas 32-70mg and energy waters 50-125mg. But you’ll find 65mg in Excedrin — so check the label! 

AVOID HARSH TREATMENT IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN

What do we mean by harsh treatment? Anything that scruffs the surface of your skin.

  • Exfoliating vigorously or often (so either say goodbye to scrub brushes and wash cloths, or use very gently and only occasionally). 
  • Using hot water vs warm and staying in the shower or bath for more than 10 minutes can damage the surface of your skin.
  • And for the same reason, avoid rubbing your skin with a towel if you have dry skin.

FRAGRANCES AND/OR DEODORANTS

Fragrances and deodorants are all around us. You’ll find them in what we put on our bodies, in laundry and household cleaners, air fresheners, and many more. They may smell nice, but they can also dry the skin, and cause irritation, especially if yours is prone to allergies or sensitivity. 

And while you’re scanning the labels of your favorite lotions and creams, you’ll also want to look out for products labeled “unscented.” These often indicate that they contain additives that neutralize or hide odors. Instead, choose those marked fragrance-free. 

DRY AIR

As the weather cools, most of us love to get cozy; we may crank up our heaters and cuddle close to the fire. All of which pulls moisture from the air in our homes, and, in turn, makes it more difficult for our skin to hold moisture, too. You can combat both with a humidifier in your bedroom. Another option, if you have a flat top wood-burning stove or radiator, is leaving a saucepan of water on top, open to evaporate into your room air. Just be careful to keep an eye on the water level though, so you don’t burn the pot or cause a fire hazard!.

PARABENS 

Parabens are preservatives that are very common in a wide range of products you’ll find in stores. They’re designed to help products last longer on the shelf. But they can cause irritation, and some have been shown to be hormone disruptors and even increase cancer risks. Look for ingredients with “paraben” in the name, and make a different choice. As with fragrances and other additives, our preference and recommendation at Srida Herbals is to go natural!

As you gradually adjust your environment for these 5 things to avoid if you have dry skin, you may find it easier to manage common discomforts like itchiness. Moisturize regularly with a natural product designed for dry skin, especially while your skin is still a little damp, and use a gentle cleanser—like our Daily Melt Cleanser. These steps will go far to help you love your beautiful skin!

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