When you get your first tattoo, your tattooed friends and family will be eager to tell you their opinions on how to take care of a new tattoo. You'll probably hear some weird and wonderful healing methods! The most important thing to remember is that if you get it wrong, your brand new tattoo won't be the stunning, vivid piece of art that you had in mind, instead you'll have a discoloured disaster on your body . . . and as we all know, a tattoo is for life!
Your tattoo artist will give you some great information about looking after your new tattoo, but once you leave the studio, it's down to you to make sure that you look after it properly.
Your new tattoo should be your pride and joy, which is why it's essential to use the right tattoo aftercare on it, and here's why.
What are tattoo aftercare products?
Tattoo aftercare is specifically made for helping your new tattoo to heal, unlike some of the creams and ointments that people might recommend to you. Black Cat Tattoo Aftercare is specially formulated with 100% natural ingredients, and essential vitamins and minerals that help your tattoo to heal quickly and completely.
"But my friend swears by nappy rash cream!", I hear you say. Well, that's designed for babies' bums, not tattoos, and it creates a barrier on your skin that slows down the healing process of your tattoo.
You may have noticed your tattoo artist using Vaseline while they worked on your tattoo. That was only to clean the area of blood and ink while they were working, and to stop the bandage from sticking once it's done. Vaseline is definitely not for tattoo aftercare – it doesn't get absorbed into your skin well, so you'll either rub it in so vigorously that you damage the healing skin and pull scabs off, or you'll have a layer of goo that will be far too moist for your tattoo and turn any scabs mushy. Yuck.
What are the benefits of using tattoo aftercare products?
- They are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
- They keep the skin soft to avoid cracking and ink bleeding.
- They don't sting or irritate your tattoo (don't forget, a new tattoo is basically an open wound!).
- They minimise itching and swelling.
- They're absorbed quickly to avoid soggy scabs that are prone to fall off and pull out ink.
- They moisturize just enough to aid healing without blocking your skin's pores.
For more information about how to look after a new tattoo, check out our FAQ page here