What’s your skin type? I’m sure you know if you’re oily or dry, but do you know how this can affect your semi-permanent brow tattoo? Stay with us to see what technique will best suit your skin!
Mirror mirror on the wall, who's got the most frustrating skin type of them all? This guy does. This one is pretty self-explanatory. You know you’ve made it to the oily-skinned club if you’ve got an oily appearance all over (t-zone, cheeks), and if your pores are noticeable and enlarged. This skin type is also prone to problematic skin issues ranging from the occasional breakout to severe acne - ugh. If you’re an oily guy or gal, we feel for you. Often the most difficult skin types, oily skin tends to be a little bit trickier to tattoo on. But don’t worry, a tattoo technique has been invented just for you, and it’s called ombré.
Ombré involves using a small machine to place super tiny dots on the skin, creating a soft pencil effect. Now, the most common question of all, “will ombré give me a block-brow effect?”. Absolutely not, well, at least not at KFE! Ombré can look just as natural as feathering - promise!
By far the most common skin type, my fellow combination-skin friends have it pretty good. Your T-zone will be relatively oily but your cheeks may remain quite dry. Although typically difficult when it comes to skincare, combination usually takes to a semi-permanent tattoo quite well. Combination skin can usually pick between ombré and feathering, depending on how oily the skin underneath the brows tend to be, in which case ombré may produce better results. Lucky for you, our consultations include a comprehensive assessment of your skin, so you can let the experts decide for you.
Ahhh dry skin. I’ve experienced dry skin in my early 20’s whilst on acne medication and let me tell you, I do not envy those with this skin type. If you're on the dry side, you'll likely experience scaly patches or flaking, and a rather uncomfortable, tight sensation. Premature wrinkles and lines are also common - wonderful. Although an unpleasant skin type, I do have some good news for you. Due to the nature of dry skin, it actually takes to a tattoo incredibly well, meaning both ombré and feathering will suit this skin type. Whilst we’re sharing good news, I’ll let you know that pigment retention is higher on dry skin too so you shouldn't need a tattoo top up as regularly as your fellow oily friends.
SENSITIVE SKINDepending on the reason as to why the skin is sensitive, this particular skin type can prove to be the most difficult to tattoo on. Sensitive skin can be caused by a number of reasons such as rosacea or even allergies. The skin will likely appear red or irritated, and is often thin. Sensitive skin can be dry, oily, or combination and is therefore most suited to ombré. Ombré is a less invasive technique of tattooing, that involves lightly dotting the skin with pigment. Feathering on the other hand, etches into the skin and will likely cause further irritation to the skin if it’s on the sensitive side. PS. Sensitive skin should always avoid harsh chemical and strong active skincare ingredients as this will further aggravate the skin, and your tattoo!