Electric Ink…Keeping Skin Art At It’s Most Vibrant

I’ve actually seen a lot more tattoo goos lately – in store and advertised on-line.  And by “goos” I lovingly mean ointments, creams, lotions and potions to keep one’s skin art looking it’s best.  A decade ago you’d need to take a trip to the shop to get something of the ilk, while everyone else looked at your cross-eyed. 

Not anymore!  CVS has one such tattoo protectant gracing the shelves (the one I  noted being SkinFix Tattoo Balm.) While the formula isn’t necessarily novel, I love that a mass market retailer actually jumped on the tattoo bandwagon – talk about making the stuff more accessible! 

Electric Ink is a new name to me, but I saw these new goodies by way of BritishBeautyBlogger this morning (April 10) and thought they were worth sharing.  

Again, the formulas aren’t necessarily mind-bending as far as ingredients or what they can actually do – most of it is about hydration and keeping the skin looking it’s best (which makes for a healthier, glossy tattoo!) That said, I like that the ingredients are nourishing, and even take inflammation into account (which, yes, can last for a time after the initial inking.)

It’s pretty awesome that companies are embracing the idea that those with art often DO care about keeping things bright and beautiful as long as possible (why wouldn’t we?!)  I think we’ve all seen those well-weathered, and sun-beaten ones, which the wearing is more than entitled to…but many of us hope to have ones that “age” a little more gracefully.

Well, companies and retailers are making it a lot easier for your to protect your investments so there’s no reason (or excuse) for you to end up looking too much like a pirate. Unless, of course, that’s your thing…then, more power to you and your mysteriously faded artwork!

 

NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide

Superoxiwhat?!  I know…that’s a mouthful… But NIOD has some really awesome products and this one is worth a mention.

I love mists and facial sprays – not only in summer when the heat index is driving upwards, but also after workouts, after washing my face, even just after a bath.  Mists can offer a little extra hydration, element protection, oil control, calming effects, you name it.  The NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist is, however, a super-charged skin-saver…

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This unique “dermal treatment” is designed to protect your precious peau (skin!) from “many forms of oxidative stress, dermal water loss and inflammation, all of which contribute to loss of visible skin quality over time.”  In other words, this is meant to be used OFTEN as a preventative protection, maintaining the beauty of your skin now, and staving off nasty age-causing aggressors.

Deciem, the parent Company, always goes well above and beyond with explanations – sometimes it is a bit much to read but I would rather err on the side of knowing more, than less.  The key technologies used include the below (and please do reference the link above for a full description of each):

  • Yeast-Derived Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
  • Purified North American Four O’ Clock Flower
  • Marine Exopolysaccharides

The potent stuff is at the top of the ingredient list, which is always a wonderful thing…though again, I’m not surprised – this Company’s products are no-nonsense and definitely deliver. (PS: My OWN reviews – I have used some of their products and really felt they did what they intended – no one asked me to say that, nor would I boost a brand I didn’t really like!)

The bottle is apparently quite large, so you do get a lot for the money. Personally, I LOVE the ease of use of mists, and anything that might help ward off unseasonably early wrinkles and skin damage is GREAT by me!  Healthy, happy skin! 🙂

Par For The Course and Cryotherapy

The other day I was training double leg takedowns with my partner in Jiu-Jitsu and my foot took a real hit (her patella to my right medial bone spur (thank you, ice skating and pointe!)) Even when you are “training smart” and being mindful, accidents happen!  While my partner thought she just scratched me, I knew from the feeling that I was going to have more to deal with than a scrape.

In about three minutes, the area turned a blackened purple, proving that the “feeling” wasn’t just a hunch.  Ouch.  What do you do in that situation?  ICE!  I am by no means a medical professional, keep in mind – with something as simple as icing, you will find a ton of articles in support of it, and quite a few against.  

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Cryotherapy entails applying enough “cold” to cause vasoconstriction (narrowing) of your blood vessels.  As this occurs, new cells are allowed to grow, injured ones can repair, and dead ones can exist stage left…along with some of that nasty inflammation.

In my personal past, ice has been incredibly helpful in preventing more substantial, longer-term damage by facilitating the healing process right away.  In the case of my foot, the ice attacked the swelling and blood flow immediately, leaving me still with an injured foot…but one I could walk on. 

What’s the time frame for icing?  What’s worked for me is about 15 minutes – I don’t want to just cool my skin, and I also don’t want to get frostbite (yes, it happens!  During knee reconstruction rehabilitation, I actually was borderline – my knee was so numb I almost noticed too late!)  

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It can be helpful to ice a few times a day to keep any inflammation at bay, and it’s useful to continue the following day as necessary – obviously it depends on the injury, but the point is…don’t ice once or twice and assume you are in the clear.

Whenever I feel an injury I assess the treatment I need immediately – ice in this case was the go to, and my Gracie Academy was stocked, fortunately!  NSAIDS (non steroidal anti inflammatories) can help too, but I try to steer clear of taking medications as much as possible. A topical Diclofenac (Voltaren), which is almost like Advil in gel form, has been a better go-to for me in the past.  I also didn’t combine compression with this one because it was an awkward and very tender spot – I LOVE compression for other injuries though, as it helps rush oxygen-rich blood to the scene of the trauma, (and minimize edema!) helping the injured tissue to heal.

This wasn’t an armbar, but it was a nasty contusion in a tough-to-heal spot (that I couldn’t help putting pressure on!)  The prompt attention made a huge difference in the healing time and though I still feel it, it didn’t keep me out of training for a prolonged run.  PHEW!