Getting an unwanted tattoo removed from your skin can be a freeing experience when it is finally done and you no longer have the unwanted ink. Removing a tattoo doesn’t happen overnight, however, and so it’s important to find the right time to begin your tattoo removal therapy because it comes with the need to manage your skincare over the duration of the treatment period. If winter is approaching and you’re considering having a tattoo removed or faded for a cover-up, here are four important considerations to ensure you manage the removal effectively and avoid any unnecessary complications.
There’s Good News
Before going into the special considerations you need to take to keep your skin clean and safe during a winter tattoo removal, there’s good news to consider. In many ways, getting your tattoo removal treatments in winter makes it easier to take care of the affected area. Many of the biggest concerns following removal are mitigated by doing so in winter when cooler days replace high heat.
The risk of increased exposure to the sun or getting dirt into the exposed skin is significantly reduced in winter because it is easier to wear more coverage when you go outside. Because temperatures are more moderate in winter, you can opt for long sleeves or pants much more comfortably than in the summer.
One of the biggest concerns when caring for your skin following a tattoo removal session is keeping it properly moisturized. Not only is moisturization good for your comfort throughout the process, but it also helps to keep the skin healthier and avoids drying out or painful cracking of the damaged skin. Although southern California doesn’t get the frigid cold of winter elsewhere, humidity still dips in December and January. Although regularly applying moisturizer to the affected skin is important no matter when you get your tattoo removal done, it is even more important in the winter when you are more at risk for drying out. Using a moisturizing lotion can help keep your skin from drying out and getting damaged.
Keep it Clean
In some ways, working on your tattoo removal in winter makes it easier to keep it clean as longer clothes keep it protected from outside dirt and irritants, but it’s also important to keep it clean under your clothes. This means that you should wear clean clothes and fabrics that don’t produce excessive lint or other small pieces that can get into the affected skin and lead to an infection. The warmer winters of California help with this, as lighter clothes are often less likely to have lint. You should also be sure to look at the affected area when changing or exposing the skin to moisturize and clean out anything that has gotten into the irritated skin.
In addition to choosing clothes that are unlikely to contaminate your sensitive skin, you should opt for loose-fitting clothes. Overly tight clothes can result in the fabric being pulled tight and rubbing against the skin when you move about. This is not only uncomfortable but can also irritate the skin and harm the healing process.
If you’re considering getting tattoo removal work done, winter is no reason to put it off. By following these tips you can get the removal you need while protecting your skin so it comes out looking its best.