Bold and black, delicate and lacy, or vividly colorful, we are seeing more and more bee tattoos gracing the bodies of our customers. As a matter of fact, a few weeks ago at the Portland Women’s Expo, we saw some of our favorite bee tattoos to date. We really liked the play of color in these designs.

They look really cool!

 

But why would people put bees on their skin? The reasons vary from person to person. They’re the same reason anybody would get any tattoo. Here are some of the reasons a person might get a bee tattoo:

To show love of the bees (or nature, or the environment);

To show awareness or concern for the plight of the bees;

To make other people aware of issues facing the bees;

To show support for a cause;

To commemorate a person, event, or milestone;

Because the design (and not necessarily the bee itself) resonates with them;

Or even just on a whim.

Once you have the tattoo, make sure to follow the aftercare advice your tattoo artist gives to you. Not only did you put down a chunk of money for that tattoo, you had what amounts to a medical procedure performed on your body. Proper care will ensure that your tattoo heals well, and looks great. Check out this LINK for what to expect as a tattoo heals. If your tattoo artist didn’t give aftercare, look at the previous link, and then read this one. Both give some good generalized care instructions.

Remember that taking proper care of of your tattoo doesn’t end after a week or two. Proper care beyond the initial healing phase will ensure vibrancy and crispness of the ink for a lifetime. So, what’s the best way to keep your tattoos moisturized and bright? We’ve been told by many of our customers that our solid lotions are perfect for this. The oils in our lotions were picked to soak in quickly and nourish the skin, while not clogging the pores. The beeswax helps protect the skin. Together, the ingredients in our solid lotions keep the skin soft and supple.

Regardless of the product you pick, keep three things in mind.  Make sure it has little or no petroleum jelly. Because products with a high content of petroleum jelly doesn’t allow the skin to breath, it will be more difficult for cell repair and renewal to occur, can lead to clogged pores, and can trap bacteria and moisture against your skin. Routine use can even lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen, which increases wrinkling. Petroleum jelly goes by more than one name. Look for labels with Petrolatum, petroleum jelly, mineral jelly, paraffin jelly and soft paraffin, and steer clear of products with these for everyday regular use, especially if you have damaged or broken skin, or are prone to blemishes.

This leads us to the second thing to keep in mind. Make sure the product you choose is non pore clogging (non-comedogenic) so that oils, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria do not become trapped in your pores. This can lead to blemishes, dull looking skin (and tattoos), and increase the chance of infection in healing wounds (like tattoos). Finally, make sure the product you choose does not contain artificial scents or colorants. These chemicals can irritate your skin especially if it is healing, and they can potentially alter the ink colors of your tattoo or stain your skin.

 

Instead, look for more natural products with non-comedogenic ingredients that are easily absorbed, like coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil, as well as beeswax and shea butter. And again, look for lotions that are free from artificial scents and colorants, especially if your skin is healing, or is prone to irritation.

 

Have you seen an amazing bee tattoo? Or do you sport one yourself? Send us a picture, we’d love to see. So feel free to share with us here, post it to our facebook, or even tag us on instagram!

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