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What Paper Is Used in Temporary Tattoos?

In the creative world of body art, temporary tattoos offer a fun and non-permanent way to decorate any part of the body.

In this article, we’re answering, ‘What Paper Is Used in Temporary Tattoos’ to help you better understand how temporary tattoos are made and materials used.

What Paper Is Used For Temporary Tattoos?

There are two types of paper used for making and applying temporary tattoos; tattoo paper and adhesive sheets.

The tattoo design is printed onto the tattoo paper, and the adhesive film is then put on top of the tattoo paper, which is then transferred to the skin using water.

This paper can be used with standard inkjet or laser printers, making it accessible for personal use and professional applications.

Can I Print Temporary Tattoos with a Regular Printer?

Yes, you can print temporary tattoos with a regular inkjet or laser printer, provided you have the correct type of temporary tattoo paper.

It’s important to select the paper that is compatible with your printer type – inkjet papers for inkjet printers and laser papers for laser printers.

That’s something we’re happy to advise you on if you want to reach out.

After printing your design on the glossy side of the tattoo paper, a clear adhesive film is applied over the top. This process prepares the tattoo for application to the skin.

What Material Is Used For Temporary Tattoos?

Temporary tattoos are primarily made from a combination of paper and adhesive materials.

The paper used is a special transfer paper designed to hold the ink and transfer it onto the skin without causing irritation.

The adhesive layer, which allows the tattoo to adhere to the skin, is typically made from a type of acrylic that is safe for skin contact.

It is the Adhesive sheet that is the contact with your skin not the inks or toners.  It is the Adhesive sheet that is cosmetic-grade and skin-safe, ensuring that the tattoos are non-toxic and safe for use by people of all ages.

Our products comply with all the relevant skin safety regulations and we don’t anticipate any issues. However, we do recommend you perform a small patch test first to check for sensitivities.

How to Maximise the Lifespan of Your Temporary Tattoo

To maximise the lifespan of your temporary tattoo and keep it looking its best, consider the following care instructions:

Apply to Clean, Dry Skin: For the best adhesion, apply your temporary tattoo to skin that is free of oils, lotions, and makeup. The cleaner and drier the skin, the better the tattoo will stick.
Avoid Friction: The main cause of wear in temporary tattoos is friction from clothing, as well as constant rubbing or scratching. Place your tattoo in a less abrasive area if possible and try to avoid tight clothing over the tattoo.
Keep It Dry: While temporary tattoos are water-resistant, prolonged exposure to water can degrade the adhesive and cause the tattoo to peel off. Limit the time spent in showers, baths, and swimming pools, and gently pat the tattoo dry afterwards rather than rubbing it.
Moisturise Carefully: Applying a thin layer of lotion can help protect the tattoo, but avoid oil-based lotions or creams as they can dissolve the adhesives and inks used in the tattoo.
Gentle Cleansing: When washing the area around the tattoo, use a mild soap and avoid scrubbing the tattoo directly. Pat the area dry gently.

Following these care instructions can help extend the life of your temporary tattoo, allowing you to enjoy your body art for as long as possible.

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