Saturday, March 21, 2009

Natural Tattoo Care

I recently got another tattoo and developed an ointment with products from my kitchen and beauty cabinet:
  • Non-scented, all natural vitamin E lotion
  • Olive oil
  • Lavender oil
In an air-tight container, mix about 2 tbps. olive oil, 1/2 cup lotion, and a few drops of lavender oil. Mix thoroughly.

After washing your skin with mild soap and water and patting dry, apply the ointment liberally. Place plastic wrap over the tattoo and secure with gentle medical tape.

When a tattoo is healing, do not let that tattoo dry out so a hard scab does not form. Scabs or picking at tattoo scabs can make your tattoo look blotchy because doing this can remove the ink for which you paid.

After getting a tattoo, do not soak it in water for a couple of weeks. This means no direct water sprays on the tattoo in the shower, no baths, no hot tub soaks, no swimming in pools, etc. When taking a shower, apply petroleum jelly all over the tattoo so there is less water contact on it. Wash the petroleum jelly off at the end of the shower, before applying the aftercare ointment you made.

Tattoo are cool, but can look really stupid without the proper aftercare.

Note: The tattoo pictured is not of my tattoo. I don't have man-arms.