Skin adornments (tattoos)

Humans love to adorn their skin – from make-up to Indian henna designs (‘mehndi’) to permanent tattoos. It can be fun to experiment with make-up and temporary tattoos but wait until you are an adult before you do anything permanent. The legal age limit for having a tattoo is 18.

Your teenage years are all about finding out who you are and working out who you want to be. Think very carefully before you do anything to your body that you might regret when you are older.

Tattoos involve ink being injected deep into the dermis of the skin to leave a permanent mark. They can be removed but this is a painful and costly procedure. Find out more about the health implications of tattoos here.