How to Remove a Temporary Henna Tattoo

Written by mary johnson-gerard, ph.d.
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How to Remove a Temporary Henna Tattoo
Remove henna tattoos safely in the privacy of your own home. (Dessin sur bras image by Franck Honegger from Fotolia.com)

Henna tattoos have broadened the body art spectrum greatly in America. Many people want to adorn themselves with tattoos but aren't ready to commit to a more permanent tattoo. Henna is a natural powder made from the henna plant. The colour can vary from reds and browns to synthetic black. Whether you sport a natural henna tattoo or a synthetic black one, you can remove it easily in your own home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Epsom salt
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Olive oil
  • Soap
  • Skin exfoliating scrub with oil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pour two cups of Epsom salt into warm bath water and swirl with your hand to help dissolve the salt.

  2. 2

    Soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes. Make sure the henna tattoo is covered with the salt water the entire time you are soaking. The salt will help soften the skin and make removal of the outer layer that contains the pigment easier.

  3. 3

    Remove the tattooed area from the water and rub some olive oil into the tattoo for a few minutes. The oil will help release the pigment from the skin. Wash the oil off with soap and repeat as necessary. You may have to do it three or four times to remove all or most of the pigment.

  4. 4

    Repeat the salt soak and oil massage the next day if needed.

  1. 1

    Measure out 2 cups of Epsom salt. Pour into warm bath water and swirl with your hand to help dissolve the salt.

  2. 2

    Soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes. Make sure the henna tattoo is covered with the salt water the entire time you are soaking. The salt will help soften the skin and make removal of the outer layer that contains the pigment easier.

  3. 3

    Remove the tattooed area from the water. Rub a tablespoon or so of the exfoliating scrub with oil into the tattoo for about 30 seconds. The exfoliating agent in the scrub can damage skin if rubbed in for too long or too vigorously. The exfoliating agent will work with the oil to help remove the outer layer of skin that contains the pigment.

  4. 4

    Rinse the exfoliating scrub off with warm water and repeat three to four times as necessary. It may not remove all of the tattoo as the tattoo has dyed the outer layer of skin and you don't want to damage your skin by exfoliating too much.

  5. 5

    Repeat the salt soak and exfoliating scrub the next day if needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Always choose an exfoliating scrub that is compatible with your skin.
  • Be aware of any allergens you may have when purchasing exfoliating scrubs. They contain essential oils of nuts, plants and flowers often.

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