Tattoo Care – Tips for Better Results And Healing!
Getting a new tattoo usually comes after years of thinking about it, dreaming up a design, and researching the right tattoo artist, and maybe changing your mind a couple times in the process. There are many reasons why you might want to get tattooed, but whatever it is, one thing is for sure: proper after-care is essential! Read on to learn what you need to do to protect your new ink and keep your body art looking awesome for years to come.
What is a tattoo?
Tattoos are an ancient form of body art. According to the Smithsonian, humans have adorned their bodies with body art for thousands of years. Though, in ancient Egypt, tattoos were totally a woman’s thing! So what is a tattoo, anyway? In short, it’s an ink-filled puncture wound made deep in the skin. Tattoos are made with a needle and inject ink into the skin to create a design. Since the ink is inserted into the dermis (the second layer of skin), tattoos are considered permanent.
Why get one?
There are so many reasons why you might get a piece of body art. While they used to be controversial and rebellious, nowadays tattoos are super common. According to the Pew Research Center, at least 1 in 5 adults have a tattoo and that ratio moves up to almost 1 in 2 for young adults under 30. So why get a tattoo? Most people do it to celebrate a milestone, or a big change in their life. Spiritual or cultural reasons are also common. Of course, there’s also the random, spur of the moment impulse to get inked (I’m looking at you, trip to Bali, under the influence of too much… sun.)
What could go wrong?
Now this is the part people don’t tell you about when you talk about getting a tattoo: the possible complications. While most people are totally fine post-tattoo, here are a few things that can happen:
Redness, itchiness, and soreness can all appear in the first few days after getting a tattoo. What’s more, the area can get infected – it will feel warm to the touch, red, and painful. With colored dyes, there are more chances of allergic reaction. And finally, tattoos can cause permanent scars. Luckily, all of these risks can be avoided right away by caring for your permanent body ink properly with all natural, organic ingredients!
How to care for your skin, post-ink
- When you’re ready to remove the bandage, wash your freshly inked skin with a gentle liquid soap, like Seaflora’s Sea Foam Cleansing Concentrate. This well-formulated cleansing lotion is the ideal choice for fresh tattoos because it preserves natural moisture balance and revitalizes the skin with essential vitamins and minerals. Don’t use harsh, chemical, heavily scented cleansers – they’ll up the risk of skin irritation.
- After a gentle wash, apply a soothing moisturizer like Seaflora’s Seaweed Body Gel. At over 80% seaweed, this lotion is the best choice for your skin post-tattoo. Why? Seaweeds are anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antioxidant rich. Offering full chain amino acids, fatty acids, and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, C, D, E, K, and unique compounds that all work to protect, heal, nourish, and drastically reduce the risk of bruising and scarring.
- Repeat cleansing + moisturizing a few times a day. Don’t pick at the scabs forming! Also, your skin might be itchy as it heals. Don’t scratch – try applying Seaflora’s Sea Spray Splash Toner on instead. Alcohol-free and pH balanced, this toner is the ultimate anti-itch. Bonus: it’s enriched with Aloe Vera to soothe irritation and speed healing.
Caring for your tattooed skin means using the right products. Help your body art stay beautiful and crisp for years to come with Seaflora Organic Thalasso Skincare.