Tattoo Hydration: Everything You Need to Know
Hydration is part of our everyday. For the longest time, it’s likely that you’ve been told to care for your body's health by sipping on your water throughout each day and moisturizing your skin when it’s dry. The same goes for your tattoo. So, why is it important, and what can you use to hydrate your tattoos
Should I use a tattoo moisturizer?
Tattoos are located in the middle layer of the skin, the dermis. Luckily for your new artwork, that’s the exact place where blood vessels supply moisture! The water provided by the blood vessels travels through the last layer of the skin, the epidermis, where it evaporates and hydrates the skin. This natural process is what makes your skin, and therefore, your tattoos hydrated and moisturized.
However, tattoos need more than this natural power of our bodies to reach optimal hydration. To act on tattoo hydration from the inside, drinking more water will increase the water content travelling through the blood vessels and the layers of the skin. However, the most efficient way to increase your tattoos’ hydration is from the outside; by applying a moisturizer to your tattoos. An efficient lotion will trap the skin’s natural moisture in its last layer, the epidermis, keeping your skin and tattoos looking soft and smooth like a dream.
Reasons to keep your tattoo hydrated
Using a moisturizer to keep your tattoo hydrated has several benefits:
- Helps with skin flakiness and itchiness, meaning less scratching, picking, and general irritation.
- Lubricates the skin and decreases any uncomfortable feeling during all stages of tattoo healing (and beyond).
- Prevents tattoo infections through antimicrobial properties, promoting fast healing.
- Keeps your tattoos looking neat and vibrant in the long-run.
What can I use to hydrate my tattoos
As tattoos are considered wounds, lotions with chemical and artificial ingredients have more chances to provoke allergic reactions or further irritations to the skin. Therefore, the best moisturizer for tattoos shouldn’t include any added chemicals, chemical fragrances, parabens, or synthetic colors: the more natural, the better!
Even better, is to find a moisturizer that holds antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, to keep your tattoo clean and protected against infections during the aftercare process. Our organic remedy cream is the perfect moisturizer for your tattoo and is guaranteed to nurture your skin throughout the healing process and beyond.
Should I moisturize my tattoo while it’s healing?
During your tattoo’s healing process, you might wonder if you should use moisturizer while it is peeling. The short answer is: absolutely. This will be essential at that stage to provide enough hydration to your skin; for your tattoo to heal faster and to avoid any discomfort leading to picking and damaging your piece of art.
Tip from the pros: during the healing process, moisturize your tattoos once or twice a day for optimum results. Applying a thin layer of moisturizer will soothe your tattoo’s aspect and avoid itching and peeling sensations. An important takeaway from tattoo hydration is to not over-apply and stick to a thin layer of moisturizer on your tattoo to let the pores of your skin breathe.