Tattoo Aftercare

What Happens Once The Ink Is In?

After your tattooist has applied your design, they will wash off the excess ink with a spray and paper towel. Depending on your artist - they may cover your fresh tattoo with cling film, others will use a paper towel and tape it in place over the new tattoo. You will be given aftercare instructions from the tattooist, which will explain the healing process. This list will give you valuable advice for the care of your ink, so follow it to the letter. The tattooist didn’t give it to you just for fun; the information is good, sound advice based on years of experience. The more you look after your new ink over the healing process, the better and brighter your tattoo will look.

Whatever you do, don’t scratch it! Your new ink will form a light scab after a few days and can itch like a bugger. If you scratch or pick at the scabs you will be pulling the fresh ink out of your skin and your tattoo will end up looking faded and blotchy.

Don’t go swimming or soak your new design until it is fully healed, so if you are thinking of getting some ink to show off on the beach on your hols – think again! It’s worth waiting until you get back to have the work done.

We all take different times to heal but as a rule of thumb it will heal in about a week to ten days, after which you will experience a form of light skin peeling (a bit like sunburn). After this has gone your tattoo’s colour will come through and be as bright and vibrant as the day it was applied. NOW you can show it off.

Once it is healed you will need to look after your ‘killer tatt’ with a moisturiser and if you go out in the sun, use a high factor sun block. The sun can really kill your artwork and make it look old before its time!

Hopefully we have covered most of the frequently asked questions in the above text that will guide you to getting the best ink by the best tattooist that you will be happy with for the rest of your life – ENJOY!

When it comes to aftercare, there are many schools of thought. Here is a small list and brief descriptions of some of the more popular lotions and potions to aid the healing of your tattoo.

The Natural Vegetable Fibre Tattoo Sponge

This Tattoo Sponge is new to the market and can cleanse your newly tattooed area without causing any irritation and without damaging your new masterpiece.

Use the sponge once or twice a day during the first couple of days of healing (prior to any scabbing or peeling). This will keep your skin clean, and moisturised, as the sponge will not over strip the skin of its natural oils, unlike most other products.

For more information visit The Konjac Sponge Company

The Aftercare Company

Tattoo Aftercare is 100% natural, being a mix of beeswax, olive oil, Calendula oil and vitamins that allow the skin to breathe freely. THC can be applied immediately after tattooing which instantly starts to soothe the skin and can help to reduce the swelling that you might encounter after the tattooing process.

I have used this on several occasions and find the new ink healed very quickly with little or no itching. It also has many other uses including the treatment of eczema and other skin complaints. This is the only aftercare product approved by the Humane Cosmetics Standard. It’s available from many tattoo studios or direct from the manufacturers.

After Inked Goo Aftercare

From the USA comes After Inked, and it contains no parabens or petroleum, is suitable for vegans, and is enriched with the natural antioxidant grape seed oil. It is claimed that the product heals tattoos in record time and reduces transepidermal water loss whilst preserving the skin’s natural moisture. After Inked retails in 50ml containers for £14.95 in the UK and is available from www.body4real.co.uk.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E

This is an advanced moisturiser that softens, smoothes and relieves dry skin so is pretty good at revitalising older tattoos. It also tones skin and apparently helps to remove stretch marks. I have applied this to a ten your-old tattoo and over a period of time and it has brought some of the faded colour back to the tattoo. It is very good for healing fresh tattoos, and it also smells of cocoa – which is nice. Available from: FUEL, 3 The Cloisters, 8 Battersea Park Road, London. SW8 4BG Tel: 020 7498 82 11 Email: info@fuelrefuel.com.

Inkmedix

Inkmedix is run by Ryan Heslop and Amanda Elias, the business was founded in 2014 and is the sister site of skincare brand Bravura London.

Being in the skincare industry (Bravura London) I wanted to create the best aftercare product for tattoo's. It's taken 3 years but I'm finally happy with the formulation. As an aromatherapist I wanted to use essential oils but there aren't any long term studies to show if these oils can affect the tattoo, so we didn't use them. I wanted something light that allows the tattoo to breath but was also extremely soothing and nourishing, this is why the formulation is an oil, it's easy to apply and won't leave the skin soggy which again can affect how your tattoo looks.

You can use this product daily from the day you have your tattoo until a week after. You can then continue to use it regularly to protect the vibrancy of your tattoo.

Purchase directly from our website or your local tattooist, http://www.inkmedix.com/

Bepanthen

Not strictly a tattoo emollient, Bepanthen is marketed as a nappy rash cream and a cure for chapped nipples. I don’t know who came up with the idea to use this cream on fresh ink, but boy, does it work well. Apply this sparingly to your freshly worked tattoo and Bepanthen keeps the scabbing to an absolute minimum, which allows your skin to hold more of the ink. It also stops the annoying itching sensation some people get whilst their tattoo is healing. It also heals fresh ink extremely quickly. Available from branches of Boots, Tesco's and other large supermarkets.

Tattoo Goo

Aftercare for your new tattoo has been a subject of debate in the tattoo community for many years. Tattoo artists have had to recommend a variety of products available from your local chemist. These products were intended to prevent cuts, burns, scrapes and abrasions from becoming infected and not for the healing of new tattoos. The majority of these products contain petroleum or lanolin which, when applied to a new tattoo, can clog skin pores and actually retard your body's healing process.

There is also the possibility of allergic reactions to these products, and, application to a new tattoo can cause skin reactions leading to loss of ink and permanent damage to your tattoo. Tattoo Goo was developed to provide the best available aftercare for your new tattoo. A unique formula designed exclusively for the treatment of new tattoos.

Eight different herbs, oils, and vitamins known for their natural healing properties allows the skin to breath and helps to "soothe" the tattoo as it heals. Tattoo Goo has been used on thousands of new tattoos with positive results and faster healing times.

Tattoo Goo has a broad range of products with over 12 different product lines and formulations from first application for a new tattoo through to SPF30 protection for a healed tattoo. Tattoo Goo’s all natural formula uses the highest-grade oils, emollients and herbal ingredients, while others have changed or use different oils to reduce costs. Keeping our standards high provides our customers with the finest product available for healing and body art aftercare. You can also use Tattoo Goo for everyday skincare. A great way to help sooth the skin from sunburn windburn, minor cuts and scrapes.

CrocArt

CrocArt contains everything your skin needs to stay strong and healthy, plus everything your tattoo needs to stay vibrant too.
CrocArt is a no mess rapid skin repair serum that in 3 steps prepares, repairs and preserves your skin and tattoo. It forms an effective barrier against infections from day one. Heals skin and takes down inflammation as well as reducing the itch of healing. And long-term use keeps your tattoo colour looking amazing and vibrant. Containing naturally occurring Omegas 3, 6 and 9, plus Terpines, Oleic Acid and Vitamins A and E; CrocArt is your natural choice to keep your artist’s work in peak condition.

For more information visit crocodoil skin care.