Once you’ve gotten a tattoo, taking good care of it is important. This will help it heal properly and keep it looking fresh and vibrant for a long time!
Your artist will likely have specific aftercare instructions that you should follow. But a few general ones can help you protect your new ink from the sun and keep it looking its best.
The red tattoos can mean many things, from passion and love to courage and strength. It can also be a symbol of ancestry and heritage.
It’s important to keep your new tattoo clean and hydrated so it can heal properly. We recommend using a mild, fragrance-free soap to wash your tattoo.
Once the soap is lathered, scrub the tattoo clean in small circles. You can do this with a clean, soft towel or your hand.
After this period, switch to a moisturizing hand lotion. This will keep your skin moisturized and help protect the tattoo from sun damage.
Red tattoos are more prone to fading than other colors, so it’s important to moisturize them regularly. A good unscented moisturizer can help preserve the rich coloration of your tattoo and keep it healthy.
If you’re using ointment, apply only a thin layer and switch to moisturizer after two days. Any good quality moisturizing lotion can be effective, but choose one that’s fragrance-free.
Cleanse your tattoo with an antimicrobial soap containing PCMX, which kills 99% of bacteria. This vegan formula also contains vitamin E, which calms the skin and speeds healing.
Do not use soaps with moisture beads or scrubs on fresh tattoos. These are too rough and may cause scabbing or bleeding. Antimicrobial soap is a mild and gentle product suitable for new tattoos. It’s also cruelty-free and biodegradable, which means it’s better for the environment. It’s made with Fair Trade ingredients and packaged in post-consumer recycled plastic.
Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells that can dull your tattoo and cause it to appear lifeless. It also can help dry skin absorb skincare products better.
Exfoliation can be achieved with physical and chemical exfoliants, like scrubs and body washes. A gentle exfoliation once or twice a week is enough to keep your tattoo looking its best.
The key is to avoid using too much product or overdoing it, so try a small amount of each method on a skin patch first.
Besides protecting your tattoo from abrasions from clothing, jewelry, and shoes, it’s important to keep your new ink safe from the sun. A well-chosen sunscreen will provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, preventing your new work from fading or becoming damaged in the long run.
Apply your chosen product for at least 30 minutes before heading out in the sun for the best results. This is especially true if you plan to spend any time outdoors. The right sunscreen will also prevent your new ink from smudging, smearing, and running down your arms or legs. The best type of sunscreen for your tattoo is a mineral-based product that contains no chemicals. Many better options are available online or at your local health food store. The trick is finding the one most suited to your skin type and location. Remember to reapply your SPF-rated product at least every two hours, and use a good moisturizer afterward.