Posted on July 11 2019
Happy #NationalTattooDay! If this is your first tattoo, congratulations! We're big fans of ink around here as nearly all of us have tattoos. More than just "skin art," a tattoo is a reflection, maybe more of an assertion, of your personal style. It's also deemed a medical procedure as the tattoo artist uses a needle to insert the ink underneath your skin. If you don't start taking care of it immediately you'll leave yourself open to scarring and infections.
Your aftercare plan starts as soon as your tattoo is completed. The tattoo artist will apply a thin layer of petroleum ointment over the tattoo. They'll then cover the area in a bandage or plastic wrap. The covering prevents bacteria from getting into your skin and causing an infection. Depending on the advice from your tattoo artist, you may be able to remove the bandages within a few hours. You'll likely notice some discharge and extra ink as well as redness. This is normal and can be washed off with an all-natural soap.
After a few days, the redness will start to disappear as your tattoo heals. Your skin may start to feel itchy due to dryness. Gently rub our Belle Isle Butter over your tattoo. The Belle Isle Butter's shea butter base will help to moisturize, hydrate, and heal your tattooed skin. You only need to apply a thin layer as your skin will need to breathe as it heals. Wear loose-fitting clothing and keep it clean and moisturized as it heals.
In about three weeks, your new tattoo should be completely healed. For the rest of your life, we recommend using our butters to moisturize and hydrate your tattoos. They're all-natural, loaded with antioxidants and proteins and they'll help repair your skin and hair any time you need a boost.