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How To Get Rid Of Tattoos Without Having To Go Through Laser Surgery

How To Get Rid Of Tattoos Without Having To Go Through Laser Surgery

Whether it is the name of an ex-partner, bad technique, or a number of other reasons, people can change their minds about a tattoo that was once loved. Tattoos have been not only a way to express ourselves as individuals, but in some cultures tattoos are a rite of passage. Removing a tattoo can be costly and painful, depending on the size and age of the tattoo itself and not everyone has the resources to seek the help of a professional.

Before making an appointment to have a tattoo removed with laser surgery, take these steps that will help to lighten or remove the tattoo all together.

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Dermabrasion

This is the method of scraping skin from the tattoo to remove the pigmentation. This process is usually done surgically, which is why if you are thinking about doing it at home, use extreme caution. Normally, a dermabrasion tattoo removal method can cost upwards of $1,000 depending on size.

To do this at home, moisten the area with a warm cloth. Place ½ cup of salt on the area. If moist enough, it will stay on its own. Rub the salt onto the skin with the cloth. After a while the area will become raw and begin to bleed. Once this happens, quickly wash the salt off and soak a new cloth in hydrogen peroxide. Dab the area to prevent infection. Rub the area with vitamin E oil, and then cover the area with medical gauze until a scab forms. When the scab falls off, the ink will be lighter and the process can be repeated as necessary.

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The vitamin E oil will help to speed up the healing process while reducing scar tissue, and reducing pain and inflammation. The ground salt will act as an exfoliating agent to remove several layers of skin when it has been combined with water and rubbed onto the skin area. Hydrogen peroxide will aid in preventing infection, which is a very important factor if you are choosing to do this technique yourself at home.

Chemical Peel

To make this, mix equal parts apricot scrub, vitamin E oil, and natural aloe vera gel. Using a q-tip, dab this mixture onto the tattooed area in circular motion until totally covered. Let soak for 5 minutes. Wash off with cold water, and repeat up to 4 times a day for a month and you will notice the ink starting to fade. Depending on the size of the tattoo, how old it is, and the brightness of colors, this tattoo removal method could take longer than others.

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A traditional chemical peel will be made of TCA or Glycolic acid. It is basically a controlled chemical burn that helps to get rid of skin pigmentation and will take weeks to months to remove a tattoo. It has been known to be very effective, with the main side effects being mostly numbness and itching at the site of the peel. This process may be a bit lengthy, but many people have seen good results with a professional chemical peel, so it is worth a shot to do an alternative at home.

Abrasive Scrubs

This method is best suited for those who have a high pain tolerance. An abrasive scrub can not only be very effective, but it has the potential to be very painful and even cause scarring. If you have decided to go this route, combine a decent amount of aloe vera carbamide peroxide gel and sanding powder. Place this solution onto the tattooed area, and rub gently with a pumice stone for 1 minute at a time. Repeat this process 3 times a day for 1 month.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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