The Best Moisturizers & Lotions for Tattooed Skin
Finally took the plunge and got yourself a new tattoo? Before you go parading your new ink around town, be sure to take the necessary steps to ensure that your skin art stays looking its best. Ahead, we list the best moisturizers and lotions for tattoos.
For some, getting tattooed is a symbolic way to commemorate something near and dear to their hearts—whether that be an experience, a person, or a place. Whatever your reason for getting inked, if you are freshly tattooed you know that making sure the skin around your new tattoo is moisturized and well-nourished is a necessary step in the aftercare process. After all, you want that new body art to stay fresh and healthy above anything else. Ahead, we share a few of our favorite hydrating tattoo aftercare products that can condition and comfort your skin post-ink.
Editor’s note: The moisturizers we list here are for long-term care, after your new tat has healed. Immediately after getting a tattoo be sure to follow the advice of your artist—i.e how long to keep the ink under wraps, what to wash with, and the types of creams you should use in the short-term. And, in addition to the moisturizers and lotions for tattoos below, to keep your ink looking fresh—and to simply protect your skin—remember to always layer on a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or more and reapply at least every two hours.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ALL OVER BALM IN COCONUT OIL
At Skincare.com, we’re big fans of incorporating coconut oil into our body care routines. When it comes to keeping our tattooed skin hydrated while on the go, we turn to NYX Professional Makeup’s All Over Balm in—you guessed it—coconut oil. This all-purpose body balm is formulated with natural oils and can help to provide the skin around your ink with hydration and comfort. Feel free to apply some to your dry, uncomfortable lips, your cuticles, or anywhere else that might need some extra hydration.
KIEHL’S CENTELLA RECOVERY SKIN SALVE
When it comes to soothing dry skin, we always reach for Kiehl’s and its selection of hand and skin salves. As far as caring for—read: hydrating—tatted skin, we love their Centella Recovery Skin Salve. Formulated with sensitive skin in mind, the Centella Recovery Skin Salve can help to soothe and condition your freshly inked skin thanks to its formula rich in aloe vera, honey, and tiger herb.
Kiehl’s Centella Recovery Skin Salve, $43 MSRP
CERAVE HEALING OINTMENT
Your newly tatted skin needs time to heal, and what better way to expedite healing than with a healing ointment? CeraVe’s Healing Ointment is non-greasy, soothing and can help temporarily protect and relieve chapped, chafed, or cracked skin.
CeraVe Healing Ointment, $13 MSRP
KIEHL’S SKIN RESCUER STRESS-MINIMIZING DAILY HYDRATOR
Formulated with rosa gallica botanical extract, mannose, and chamomile, this lightweight hydrator reduces visible signs of stress, such as skin fatigue and redness. Plus, it’s known to soothe even temperamental skin.
CAROL’S DAUGHTER ECSTASY FRAPPE BODY LOTION
Skin that has been newly inked will feel incredibly refreshed after getting a dose of Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy Frappé Body Lotion. Formulated with grapeseed and rice bran oil, aloe leaf juice, and shea and cocoa butters, slather this lightweight lotion onto your inked skin and embrace the wonderfully hydrating sensation, as well as its delightful smell.
LA ROCHE-POSAY LIPIKAR BALM AP+
Does the skin around your new tattoo feel dry? Reach for this nourishing formula capable of relieving extra dry skin by restoring moisture, rebalancing the skin microbiome, and replenishing essential skin lipids. Formulated with a high concentration of La Roche-Posay’s Prebiotic Thermal Water, glycerin, shea butter and niacinamide, the Lipikar Balm AP+ offers up to 48 hours of hydration.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+, $19.99 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY LIPIKAR BODY LOTION
La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar range features more than one hydrating body lotion, and this one is another favorite. Apply it morning and night onto clean skin and enjoy its fast-absorbing, non-greasy, and non-sticky finish.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Body Lotion, $17.99 MSRP
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TATTOO
As mentioned earlier, we highly encourage you to talk to both your tattoo artist and dermatologist prior to and immediately after getting your tattoo. This helps ensure that a negative reaction won’t erupt on your newly-tattooed skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, here are some typical best practices:
- Keep your tattooed skin clean. With a gentle touch, use plain soap and water to cleanse the skin. If you’re showering, avoid the heavy stream of water directly hitting the tattooed area.
- Apply moisturizer. Apply mild moisturizer (such as the ones listed above) to the tattooed area multiple times a day.
- Stay out of the sun. For at least a few weeks, avoid extended periods of time exposed to sunlight. Wear protective clothing and broad-spectrum sunscreen before heading outdoors, and reapply at least every two hours.
- Avoid swimming in large bodies of water. Steer clear from swimming in pools, hot tubs, oceans, lakes and other large bodies of water.
- Be mindful of your clothing. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Try to avoid garments that may stick to your tattoo.
- Allow up to two weeks for healing. Don’t itch or pick at the skin, as this may cause an unwanted infection or alter the design of your body art.