Tattoos are wounds. Sure, they’re more artistic and sentimental than a scraped knee, but technically your new ink should be treated the same way you would treat a cut or burn. In order to keep your new body art free from infection, dryness and irritation, you will need one of the best lotions for tattoo aftercare.
According to Josh Kohn, tattoo artist and owner of Immortal ink, which has two sites in New Jersey, you should hydrate your new tattoo “for the first two weeks, two to three times a day.” Kohn recommends using a richer ointment for the first three days before switching to “fragrance-free lotion to keep tattoos fresh”.
When it comes to choosing the right lotion, Kohn stresses the importance of using a fragrance-free formula (this includes lotions with natural essential oils). He also says to “refrain from using sunscreen while healing”.
As for Kohn’s other tips for taking care of your new tattoo? He says there are three general rules: “Keep it clean, hydrated, and out of the sun. Avoid direct sunlight, immerse it in water, and try not to touch or itch it. while he heals! “
Coming up, check out Kohn’s two essential picks for keeping your new tattoo hydrated and protected, along with other aftercare products to consider.