As a quick disclaimer before I start, I am not a dermatologist or a tattoo artist but I did a lot of research and asked friends and multiple artists about their top tips. Some of you may be aware that I got my first tattoo last month, for those of you that didn’t already know, I want to start off by saying that I always wanted one. I dropped it into conversations with family members (without saying that I actually wanted one) multiple times before I took the plunge. It was by through this method that I realised that I was being too worried about what everyone else would think and what I actually wanted for myself. I had a fairly firm idea of what I wanted, I was just unsure about the composition so I gave my tattoo artist relative creative freedom. My idea started as the one rose and I ended up changing my mind and getting three done instead as a bit of a tribute to my love for my siblings.
My tattoo is only quite small, it’s on my forearm and the closest to shading that I got was the dot work on the leaves so all in all, it was a great first tattoo. My tattoo artist, unlike many who recommend pricey products that they get commission on, told me to use very basic and natural products as to not irritate the new art. I got all of my products for less than £10 and I haven’t had any bother whatsoever. To clean it I use Sanex Zero% Sensitive Skin Shower Gel with a Ramer Baby Sponge. The shower gel I chose because it has no fragrance, parabens, colourants, phthalates or phenoxyethanol in it so I felt like it would be the most delicate of the options available. The sponge was chosen because I picked one up for a friend to make a tiny tattoo aftercare bundle for her birthday.
To moisturise my tattoo, I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Fragrance Free Body Lotion yet again, just because it’s great for sensitive skin and for healing. Also, my tattooist recommended cocoa butter as an aftercare option in the letter I was given to take home. You really shouldn’t use anything that doesn’t sink in really quickly because apparently it can create a barrier and prevent your tattoo from healing quickly. My simple method has contributed to my tattoo barely scabbing and settling down super quickly. Obviously I’m no expert but these are the items that have really helped me and I just wanted to help people like me who don’t want to spend an absolute fortune on upkeep.
Other than those three products, to take care of my first tatt, I have used the shower instead of the bath to avoid soaking it and risking any scabbing to swell and pull away the ink. I have also tried to keep it out of the sun as much as possible, this is kind of a common sense thing anyway but I have used natural sun creams to avoid sun damage but you can buy cream that’s specific to tattoos if you so desire. I hope you have found this post interesting, personally I searched the web for posts just like this one before my appointment and Google more or less drew a blank. Let me know your tips in the comments if you have any better recommendations!