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The Products You Should Be Using If You Have Tattoos

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Tattoos are both a financial and life investment. Some people spend years researching the right tattoo and artist, but the work isn’t over once the tattoo gun turns off. Keeping your tattoo clean and moisturized is necessary in order to maintain the look of the tattoo and the health of your skin.

Tattoos can take from 4 to 6 weeks to fully heal and keeping it moisturized from the start is imperative to ensuring the tattoo looks and feels healthy. A dry tattoo can lead to scabs, which can create light spots or scars through the tattoo, according to Shari Marchbein, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at NYU Langone.

Tattoos are essentially wounds, so keeping them clean, especially when they’ve just been done, is important for the health of your skin and the look of the tattoo.

You’ve survived the pain of getting inked, now eliminate future pain from dried, scabbing or discolored tattoos by using these five must-have products.

  

1. Saniderm Tattoo Bandage

Showering with a new tattoo is safe, but fully submerging the tattoo in water either in a bathtub, pool or large body of water isn’t recommended in the first few weeks. If you’re doing an activity where you know the tattoo will be getting wet, like working out, the Saniderm Tattoo Bandage is a waterproof cover that will protect your tattoo with the added bonus of moisturizing the area while also keeping out germs and bacteria. Saniderm Tattoo Bandage

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2. Ora’s Amazing Tattoo Salve

Made with organic herbs (and love), Ora’s Amazing Tattoo Salve can be used on fresh tattoos and on tattoos that have been around the block. Free from lanolin, aloe, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, wheat, grain, gluten, and dyes, the salve helps tattoos heal quickly and keep their color while also soothing itching skin, which can happen as tattoos heal. Customers love that the salve works on tattoos, as well as regular cuts and scabs.

Ora's Amazing Tattoo Salve

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3. Yosoo Professional Vitamin Ointment Tattoo Aftercare Cream

Vitamin A&D ointment should be applied throughout the day for the first two weeks after getting a tattoo in order to keep the skin moisturized, which prevents scabbing. Yosoo’s individual packets make it easy to take cream with you to apply to your tattoo when you’re away from home, with Vitamins A and D also shown to help tattoos heal faster.

Yosoo Professional Vitamin Ointment A&D Tattoo Aftercare Cream

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4. Two Peas Organics SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

If you’re going to be out in the sun, protecting your tattoo from harmful UV rays will help decrease fading. Two Peas Organics SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen is biodegradable, reef friendly, water resistant and sensitive enough to be used on a baby, or in your case, your tattoo baby.

Two Peas Organics SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

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5. Hustle Butter Deluxe

While there are many types of balms, salves and lotions specifically formulated to be used after getting a tattoo, what about before? Hustle Butter Deluxe moisturizers skin before, during, and after the tattoo is done, with customers saying the butter helped tattoo needles slide easier, making for a less painful tattoo process.

Hustle Butter Delux

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