Don’t tattoo your kids face!

A couple of months ago while online, I found some temporary tattoo’s in the ‘Day of the Dead’ style. Brilliant I thought, and quickly purchased 3 packs.

Poppy was excited as I was and as soon as we were home we promptly set about tattooing her face. Which to be honest was harder then you would think. Once completed it LOOKED GREAT! (you can see a colour version on my IG feed here)

So I took a few photos and then I got back to work… but within an hour Poppy started getting a tad itchy and wanted the tattoos off her face.

So I set about trying to remove them. It was then I started to remember the previous times she had little temporary tattoos on her arms and how they had lasted weeks and weeks… actually I remember one that was there for a month and I had scrubbed it in the bath and it still would not come off. A slight panic set in…  (internally of course because I did not want to panic Poppy). I mean really, what responsible mum buys $3 tattoos and then puts them on their childs face!!!!! ;(

Feeling like mother of the year, I set about scrubbing and rubbing it off. This was not working. She started to cry and my panic started to show. Her face was red and sore and I was using everything I could think of to get it off.  Zali looked over -thankful she had opted to not have her face covered in tattoos.

Eventually after many tears (not just Poppy’s) it occurred to me to soak it for awhile, with a wet face cloth laid on her face to try to soften the tattoo. Thankfully, this worked! Along with lots of scrubbing and some oil too. She did have a red face but all in all we got off pretty lightly. It could have been there for a month!

I don’t think I’ll be using them again so I’m wishing I took more photos! heehee!

The moral of this story is Don’t Tattoo Your Kids Face! But if you happen to do this or something equally smart and it goes wrong, make sure you say sorry. Sorry is a good word and I use it lots and lots!

P.S. I just spoke with my lovely friend Rowe and it seems she heard of a child who had an allergic reaction to temporary tattoos and this made the black part of the tattoo stain his skin PERMANENTLY!!!  phew! glad that did not happen.