The Difference Between Temporary Tattoos & Henna Body Painting

Friday, December 24, 2009

Temporary Tattoos are an ink that transfers to the skin. A waterproof adhesive keeps the tattoo on the skin for several days. The tattoos begin slowly fading after the while. They usually will not wash off, but can be removed with rubbing alcohol. If treated gently, temporary tattoos will last for up to 5 days, even while swimming & bathing

Henna body painting can last for several weeks. It is a plant that is ground up to make a paste with other herbs and usually eucalyptus oil and either tea or coffee to make it darker. The resulting greenish paste is painted on the skin and coated with a lemon sugar glaze to keep the endothermic reaction going longer. It leaves an orange or reddish or brown stain, which will vary with individual response, recipe and length of application. It stains down deeper than just the surface, but once again, as the skin replenishes itself, the stain gradually fades. It will leave the darkest stain on the palms of the hands and fingertips, along with the soles of the feet. The designs will also fade from these areas the fastest as the skin refreshes the fastest on surfaces with the most contact. Designs can last from days to weeks and vary widely.