A tattoo lasts forever, but a tattoo doesn’t always last forever looking good. Taking care of your tattoo the right way helps improve the life and vibrancy of the artwork. Tattoo aftercare products are designed to help your tattoo heal as best and as quickly as possible.
First and foremost, a tattoo needs to be able to breathe. The problem is, many conventional tattoo aftercare products contain chemically-derived ingredients that can clog pores and irritate the skin. Using natural and organic products yields a much smoother healing process and helps maintain a good look for years to come.
The Tattoo Healing Process
As you might expect, all natural ingredients are more conducive to the tattoo healing process. Always listen to your tattoo artist's guidance, but typically after the first couple days it’s OK to use a natural tattoo balm to keep the area happy and conditioned until it heals completely. We use some of the following ingredients:
Tattoo Aftercare Products
During the healing phase post-tattoo, your skin is busy working its magic, repairing itself from thousands of tiny needle pricks.
Tattoo aftercare products should be loaded with anti inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties. The ingredients should also contain natural restorative properties to help to build strong skin cells and heal wounds, while moisturizing the skin on the inside and outside, allowing the skin to breathe.
Coconut oil and grapeseed oil are perfect aids in this process because the medium chain fatty acids found in them retain your skin's moisture, meaning you new tattoo won't dry out. They also act as a natural disinfectant, protecting your tattoo from microbial infections. Calendula oil is used as an herbal remedy to heal wounds so it’s great for tricky heals, as it soothes the skin and helps reduce inflammation. Beeswax and shea butter moisturize really well while creating a light protective barrier that allows the skin to breathe.
Continued use after healing will keep the skin nourished and the ink bright. The more you pamper your skin, the healthier your skin is, and the brighter your tattoo will stay over time.
Tattoo Aftercare Instructions
Always make sure the area is clean and dry. Otter Grooming Co. Tattoo Aftercare Balm is best if used right after a shower or before bed. Gently apply your tattoo balm, covering the entire tattoo.
Remember, less is more. With a fresh tattoo it can be tempting to apply too much aftercare product, however this can prevent your skin from breathing. Your skin can only absorb a so much moisturizer so a thin layer is all you need. Wipe off any extra.
Tattoo itching happens, but do not apply to any scabs or areas that are very moist within the tattoo.
Repeat applying your tattoo balm approximately two to three times a day, for the first two weeks.
After your tattoo healing process has finally finished, you should continue to use of your tattoo aftercare balm once a day. The sun makes tattoos fade much quicker over time and we recommend using your tattoo balm as a high-powered moisturizer to protect your ink.