What to use on your skin to hydrate it after getting a tattoo

Posted by Angelo Torzi on

There is a little bit of a debate as to what you should use for tattoo aftercare. Some say use branded tattoo balms, others say use shop-bought creams and the rest say that natural products promote healing the best.

We’ve explored some of the most popular natural options available when it comes to skin repair and hydration, and it looks like they’re coming out on top. The benefits of using organic ingredients in the healing process are endless. Coconut oil, tea tree oil, vitamin E oil, grapeseed Oil and most importantly, Aloe vera, are just a handful of the best natural products out there when it comes to tattoo aftercare.


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a type of fat that has been praised for its health-promoting properties. It can be linked to some potential benefits for the skin such as reducing inflammation, moisturising and helping to heal wounds.

As the skin goes through a traumatic process when being tattooed, it should be treated similarly to a minor wound or burn in the first stages, and the use of natural coconut oil for your aftercare can definitely aid in healing and cooling. Coconut oil contains antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Vitamin A, which help to hydrate the skin for up to 24 hours, allowing the skin to rejuvenate. It is known to help reduce moisture loss due to its natural composition of saturated fat. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that can aid in preventing infections. Preventing infection is a must when it comes to tattoo aftercare.

Vitamin E Oil

Many natural skincare products contain Vitamin E oil as it allows the skin to breathe once applied. Its moisturising properties are said to help heal ailments such as Eczema and Psoriasis, but it also helps support immune function and prevents inflammation of the skin. Using a thin layer of Vitamin E oil on your tattoo a few times a day will allow your skin to breathe, stay moisturised and heal naturally.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is said to help soothe and relieve painful and irritated skin. It has also been reported to have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it can be used to clean the tattoo, avoid infection and can even aid as a painkiller if necessary.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil makes an excellent moisturiser for healing your skin after a fresh tattoo with it being light, gentle, and easily absorbed. It contains essential fatty acids that aid in skin rejuvenation, helps to balance the skin, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Using grapeseed oil for your aftercare could help to heal your skin slightly faster. The linoleic acid that grapeseed oil contains has been proven to be very beneficial to those who have oily and sensitive skin.

Aloe Vera

The things a tattoo requires to heal effectively are; hydration, something to soothe the itch and something to reduce the pain after hours of being under the needle. Aloe vera is a great natural product to use as tattoo aftercare, as it helps with all of the above. There are multiple types of Aloe vera which all have their own specific properties, but it is important when buying Aloe as an aftercare product to ensure that it is fragrance-free, doesn’t contain any colourant, alcohol or preservatives as these may affect the healing of your tattoo.

Hydrating your tattoo is key to coming out with a beautiful piece of art, as some of the ink can peel away with dry skin. It is natural for this to happen during the healing process, but you want to limit this as much as possible then Aloe Vera will be your helping hand when it comes to in keeping skin hydrated.  

When the skin is healing the body reacts telling you that it is itchy causing you to scratch. This is the worst thing to do when a tattoo is healing because it can disrupt and take away the ink leaving you with a damaged, patchy tattoo. Aloe creams have a calming effect on the skin and have been shown to help reduce inflammation and to soothe the itch.

It’s important to remember, when deciding what tattoo aftercare products to use, that everyone’s skin is different, something that works well for one skin type may not be as effective for another.

Why not try: Benessence Organic Massage Cream with Aloe Vera, 250 ml, £34.90

This massage cream is suitable for use on all skin types. It glides across the skin with ease, is pleasant to the touch and absorbs easily. It leaves skin feeling soft and silky, with absolutely no greasy residue. The formula combines the hydrating and soothing properties of Aloe vera, calendula and camomile with the regenerating and toning agents from elder tree, myrrh and rosemary extracts. It is rich in antioxidants to help treat dry and dehydrated skin and promotes the overall well-being of the skin

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