Now that you have the tattoo that sets your skin art on fire. You want to ensure that tattoo is always amazing however most importantly you want your skin to heal properly that will showcase your tattoo.
I was inked over 15 years ago and to keep my skin healthy and my tattoos looking brand new I have used, and created, many different healing concoctions over the last couple of years. I have always tried to keep it as natural and organic as possible, so I have stayed away from commercial creams and ointments. While making sure you're not messing with the skin peeling around your tattoo, not submerging it in water, and letting it air out are all super important parts of healing your new ink, the products you place on the tattoo is equally as important.
I have listed natural oils and butters that will heal your skin properly:
Hempseed Oil - it’s naturally emollient, moisturising, protective and soothing on tattooed skin. It promotes rapid cell recovery and is the perfect natural healing aid.Hemp Seed oil contains more naturally occurring essential fatty acids than any other plant derived oil.
Coconut Oil - Proteins in coconut oil assist in rejuvenating the skin after the trauma of tattooing. The proteins repair damaged cells at a normal, healthy rate throughout the healing process.
Cocoa butter - is high in vitamin E to help hydrate and soothe skin (keeping a tattoo moisturized helps combat flaking and itchiness).
Shea Butter - is very high in botanical vitamin A which is excellent for healing and regenerating skin. This comes in handy for tattoo care because in the beginning the tattoo is akin to an open wound and needs substances like vitamin A to more quickly and effectively regenerate and heal itself.
Kokomo butter - heals and helps revitalize skin cells.
Sweet almond oil - Slows down the loss of moisture from the outermost layer of the skin. Sweet Almond Oil is extremely rich in skin nourishing components and helps alleviate itching and inflammation
Rosehip Oil -the vitamin A helps protect and repair the skin that has been damaged by the tattoo ink, which lends itself to deep tissue restoration and, in turn, a faster recovery.As a natural remedy, RHSO allows for bacteria-free healing, which can help reduce irritation and swelling.Lavender oil relieves pain, helps with blood circulation, and is generally soothing overall.
Vitamin E - allows your skin to breathe despite its moisturizing components. This natural oil allows your tattoo to both heal and breathe.
I have created our Hemp Seed Master Salve, an organic multi-purpose salve that can be used for tattoo healing, bites, eczema, minor skin irritations. The salve can be used to revive an old tattoo and for those who want to heal their skin naturally and organically after getting a tattoo. Our Master Salve successfully treats damaged, chapped,
scrapped, sun- and wind-burned skin. It contains deeply moisturizing and healing natural and organic oils and butters ingredients that protect, restore and nourish skin. In addition, it soothes and relieves itching and redness of the skin. Our salve can also be used as a lip balm, a skin moisturizer and a healing aid for eczema prone skin. Herbal infused oils are much more effective to improve airflow, minimize scab formation, optimize color stay, and prevent infection.
For the first day or two use a light oil to keep your skin hydrated such as Vitamin E oil, tea tree oil, hemp oil, or other light oils that are rich in fatty acids while allowing skin to breathe are best. Take care to apply the oil very sparingly over the tattoo. If you can see a shiny area, you have applied too much oil. Dab the extra off with a soft towel or tissue. After the tattoo area has healed, you can be more generous with the lotion and or oil.