The Tattoo Care and Protection Guide
Tattoo aftercare is one of the most important parts of the tattoo process. Tattoo care can mean the difference between having a vibrant, colorful tattoo and having the colors and/or lettering fade more quickly.
The healing process is crucial, but equally as important is lifelong tattoo protection. Read on below for some tips and tricks that will help you care for and preserve your tattoo.
Tattoo Care (initial care)
The days and weeks after getting a new tattoo are critical. Proper tattoo care is essential during the healing process and after your new ink is fully healed. Check out Babo’s tips and suggestions for tattoo aftercare.
- Remove your bandage when told to do so by the artist — the time will vary based on tattoo size and artist preference.
- Gently wash your tattoo with warm water and a fragrance-free soap, like our Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Hydra Therapy Face and Body Wash. The soap has calendula to soothe and nourish your skin, as well as a natural oat protein that helps to protect and moisturize.
- Pat your tattoo dry after washing it. Do not rub the tattoo dry — that could potentially smear the ink.
- After drying, apply a thin layer of your chosen aftercare ointment to the tattoo, making sure to cover the entire area.
- Repeat this process until the skin has fully finished healing
- Don’t rub or pick at the flaking skin
- Avoid direct sunlight contact if at all possible
- Don’t go swimming and stick to short showers until your tattoo has fully healed, as water can also affect a tattoo.
Tattoo Ointment and Healing
One of the most important aspects in tattoo healing is choosing a tattoo ointment to aid in the healing process. There are so many options that it can be hard to narrow down what works best for you. For your consideration, we have our very own Sensitive Skin All Natural Healing Ointment.
Ointment for tattoos is a key part of the healing process and can speed up the healing as well. After the tattoo has finished healing, simply treat it like the rest of your skin and make sure it stays moisturized.
Tattoos and Eczema
People who have eczema should take more care with their tattoos, as new tattoos can lead to a flare up in eczema symptoms. Because tattoos involve injecting ink into the skin, the ink can act as a trigger for further flare-ups. Tattoos and eczema can peacefully coexist, as it were, but the healing process will take longer for new tattoos.
If you have eczema and are thinking about getting a tattoo, many doctors and artists will advise having a patch test done before the actual tattoo, where a bit of ink will be injected and then monitored for any allergic reaction.
Tattoo Protection (ongoing care)
Tattoo protection cannot be said enough — it’s so important to maintaining the integrity and overall design of your new ink. There are a number of ways to protect your tattoo from fading. If you have a large arm piece or a tattoo sleeve, there are special tattoo covers available to wear that can block harmful UV light from reaching your tattoo.
Tattoo Lotion and Sunscreen
The more a tattoo is in direct sunlight, the more the colors will fade and potentially change. Tattoo colors are bound to fade, but you can prevent the worst from happening by doing your best to limit direct sun exposure and making sure to regularly reapply sunscreen to your tattoo. Applying tattoo lotion (again Babo's healing ointment in stick form or in the jar is perfect) and tattoo sunscreen is important in properly caring for your tattoo. We recommend using our Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen, which has SPF 40 and is fragrance free.