Long Term Tattoo Care: Myth or Truth?

Long term tattoo care can be controversial.

While some say there's nothing you can do to preserve the vibrancy of your tattoos, others believe that with the proper tattoo care you can positively impact the life of your tattoos.

Who's right? While it is certain that your tattooed skin will inevitably age and sag with time, it is also true that we can better the appearance of our tattoos by taking the right steps.

In this blog post we'll talk about the importance of moisturizing a tattoo in the healing process and some tips on how to improve the appearance and health of your tattoos in the long term.

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Read also: Tattoo Aging: Your Tattoos Will Age, You Decide How Fast.

Moisturizing Your Tattooed Skin is Important

Taking care of your skin is important in general. When having a tattoo, it becomes even more important, as it affects not only the health of the skin, but also the appearance of the tattoo.

If exposed to many environmental changes, our skin shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and therefore need moisture to repair itself, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface.

Long term tattoo care lotion

Not only it's important to moisturize the skin, but also make sure to apply a massage in circular motions to stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.

- When to Moisturize

Moisturizing after a warm shower is very important because hot water strips all the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it dry. Consequently, nurturing your skin with the right lotion after a shower is the perfect time to do it. 

Read also: How Often Should I Moisturize My Tattoo?

- Should I Moisturize My Tattoo Forever?

Following with the principle that what's good for your skin should be good for your tattoo, moisturizing your tattooed skin should be part of your long term tattoo care routine.

TIP: Remember to moisturize your skin 2-3 times a day, or if your skin is visibly dry. 

Long-term Tattoo Care Products

Some skincare products might be good moisturizers for your skin, but they lack of other properties that can make the difference when healing a tattoo.

Therefore, it’s good practice to find products that have been developed for long term tattoo care only:

- Tattoo Lotion

- Hydrating and protective lotion for daily use
- Developed for long term aftercare
- Rich on Vitamin E
- Contains moisturizing ingredients that will keep your tattoos vibrant

 

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- Tattoo Process Butter

- Regenerative abilities
- Keeps the skin calm, soft & elastic
- Quickly absorbed

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Long Term Tattoo Care: 5 Simple Tips

Assuming that fading is inevitable in the long term, we'll show you some tips/good practices to ensure you can keep your tattoos vibrant and healthy for the years to come:

1. Moisturize your skin daily

As we've explained in this article, having a skin properly moisturized will help your tattoos looking amazing and healthy for many years. 

Read also: Dry Healing or How to Ruin Your Tattoo

2. Mantain a healthy lifestyle

Staying healthy not only will help you look healthier and better, but it will also prevent you from radical weight changes. That change of weight in short periods of time can alter your skin, stretching the ink of your beloved tattoos.

Read also: Can You Work out With a New tattoo?

3. Stay properly hydrated

Your tattoo only looks as good as your skin. The more you hydrate, the better, and more vivid your tattoo will look.

4. Avoid the sun -if you can't, use tattoo sunscreen-

Sunlight and tattoos don’t usually make a good combo. Left unprotected, your tattoos can fade, and your skin will end up damaged.

Read also: Tattoos and Sun

5. Use common sense

Avoid areas of the body that have more friction and wear applied to them - it will lose their skin cells more easily and so your tattoo will fade more easily; avoid exposing your skin to harsh chemicals...

Long story short, avoiding anything that would be considered as harmful for your skin is one of the best tips we can give you.

Summary

If you have tattoos, it is not unlikely that you have been questioned with concerns about how your tattoo will look like once you are older. 

The question then is: is there something you can do to take care of your tattoos in the long term? 

Definitely, yes.

With a healthy amount of common sense and a lot of proper tattoo care, you can ensure that your tattoo will look more vibrant and healthier for the rest of your days.

We hope you could find this info valuable and that you come back for inspiration and guidance.

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