5 best ways to deal with pain during SMP (plus bonus tip)

#1 Get enough sleep

Sleep is paramount for your body to operate at its best. For your body to endure any form of pain best, sufficient rest is essential.

#2 Avoid pain relievers

Try not to take aspirin or ibuprofen for 24 hours before your session. These medications can thin your blood, which may prolong the process.

Why thin blood is bad?

Pain relivers generally thin your blood. Thin blood can blood from clotting as effectively which is normally needed when getting a tattoo. Since SMP uses smaller needles and doesn’t go as deep in the tissue as tattoo needles. The skin not clotting means that the skin is left open for longer making it more prone to bacterial infections. Completely avoiding pain killers isn’t that much of a big deal. As longer as you have your SMP treatment done by a good artist. But as I always say… better safe than sorry! So just try not to take any beforehand.

#3 Don’t get a tattoo when you’re sick

Feeling sick heightens your sensitivity to pain. If you are unwell, that means your immune system is struggling to stay strong.

#4 Stay hydrated

Treatments on dry skin tends to hurt. So before your session try and keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water.

#5 Eat a meal

Having low blood sugar tends to increase your sensitivity to pain. That is why it is always good to eat beforehand to prevent dizziness from nerves or even being hungry. TIP: Also, as an added tip, don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Alcohol heightens pain sensitivity as well, and it also dehydrates your body, and it is know to also thin your blood.

BONUS TIP

Stay relaxed and practise breathing at a regular steady pace. I also have another method, I have used this trick for so many different things.

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and push it upwards against it. Try to keep it there and steady for 10 seconds.

Playing this game with yourself has worked for me. Give it a try!


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