Why Jessica Alba Regrets Her Tattoos

As the founder of Honest skincare, Jessica Alba may be into clean skin, but she still has tattoos like the rest of us. She even has tattoos that she regrets. Recently, Alba opened up about which tattoos she loves, and which ones she hates. Her answers may surprise you. 

The tattoos that Jessica Alba hates

Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba | Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Spike TV

When she was 17 years old, Alba made mistakes just like every other teenager in the world. Her mistakes were just a little more permanent than others may have been. Without putting much thought into it, Alba got two tattoos as a teen. One is what she describes as “kind of a tramp stamp.” It’s a bow on her lower back. 

The other is a flower on the back of her neck. Alba said in an interview with Refinery29: “I’m so irritated that I got it. I got it lasered many times and it’s not coming out.” 

However, according to Metro, which published images of Alba’s neck tattoo, it has faded dramatically. It’s a simple black outline of a single stem flower, and in recent photos, it looks more like a faded gray scar. Honestly, it looked better before she tried to remove it. 

Keep that in mind the next time you find yourself in a tattoo shop, lasers don’t always work to remove them all the way. It’s better to make sure you’re getting something you really want on your body for the rest of your life. 

The tattoos that Jessica Alba loves

Alba learned her lesson, and when she went back for a tattoo recently, she made sure it was something meaningful. Just last month, Alba showed off a set of three tattoos on Instagram. On her left arm, she got three star constellations, representing each of her three children’s zodiac signs. 

“I really wanted to think about what would be meaningful over time,” Alba told Refinery29. “Because when you get something when you’re 17, and now you’re 38, you’re like, ‘Hmm, don’t know if that’s too meaningful.’ But for that one, the kids are forever.

Jessica Alba passes on lessons to her kids

There’s no doubt that the harsh lesson Alba learned about tattoos, she’ll be passing onto her kids: Honor, age 11, Haven, age 8, and Hayes, age 1. They have already learned a lot about good skincare from their mom. After all, in addition to being an actress, Alba was one of the first celebrities to develop her own skincare line. And she did it with all-natural ingredients, in a time before everyone was talking about natural skincare. 

“I put sunscreen on them when they’re exposed to the sun all day,” Alba said about her children. “I talk to my daughters about skin care, and they use the Honest Beauty Organic Facial Oil in the mornings before they go to school.”

It’s a lesson that Alba learned from her own mother. Growing up, her mother would say: “You’ve only got one face. Invest in it.” That’s good advice for someone who would grow up to be an actress, and most likely where Alba learned to value good skincare so highly. Lucky for her, The Honest Company is now a billion-dollar business, and without her mom’s encouragement to care for her skin, it may never have happened. 

Now that her children are getting a little older, maybe those tattoos that Alba hates will come in handy. She can always show her kids the terrible mistakes she made, to encourage them not to do the same. After all, seeing your mother with a tramp stamp would be a good deterrent for any girl.