The Best Lotions for Tattooed Skin, According to Our Editors
If you are freshly inked, you know that making sure the skin around your new tattoo is moisturized and well-nourished is a crucial step in the after-care process. Protecting your tattooed skin with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher to keep the color from fading is another must. After all, you want that new body art to stay fresh. Ahead, we’re tattoo care tips and rounding up a few of our favorite hydrating post-tattoo moisturizers and creams.
When to Apply Body Lotion in Post-Tattoo Care
It’s best to refrain from using any moisturizer during the first couple of days while the tattoo is considered raw. According to Joanna Roman, tattoo artist and founder of Chronic Ink, you should start incorporating moisturizer into your post-care routine when you notice the texture of the surrounding area start to change. “As the tattoo goes through the healing process, the skin will begin to tighten up and dry, causing flakes and sometimes scabbing,” she says. “A light layer of moisturizer during this time will help with the itchy feeling and hopefully prevent any scratching.” She suggests washing the area twice a day with unscented soap and following up with an unscented lotion. “Apply the lotion with clean hands. I wouldn’t recommend using a Q-tip as it could leave pieces of cotton in the scabs or flakes of the tattoo.”
David Beckham certainly knows a thing or two about tattoo care, so you can trust that the Bold Statement Tattoo Body Moisturizing Cream from his own skin-care line is legit. The ultra-light formula contains vitamin E to nourish the skin while SPF 50 keeps the lines and color looking crisp.
After your tattoo is healed, you don’t need a heavy cream or ointment to keep the skin moisturized — a regular body lotion will do. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Body Lotion is formulated to hydrate normal to dry skin and replenish its essential lipids with a blend of shea butter, glycerin and niacinamide.
Designed for sensitive skin, this cica cream intensely moisturizes, protects and repairs skin — just what a new tattoo needs. The cream,which is sensitive skin-tested by dermatologists, delivers 48 hours of relief and hydration while helping restore your skin’s barrier.
Immediately following a new tattoo, the area of the skin needs some extra TLC. That’s where the CeraVe Healing Ointment comes in. This thick skin balm hydrates and soothes skin with a formula of hyaluronic acid and ceramides. It can help comfort freshly tattooed skin that is easily irritated.