Emily Cohen / Melissa Arpino / Published: July-16-21
Let's talk tattoos
Since the 1970s, tattoos have transformed from an act of rebellion to become more accepted and appreciated by society. Tattoos are shared among all genders, races, and economic classes. A study done by Dalia Research found that 38% of global respondents say they have at least one tattoo. With numbers rising, it's good to know how tattoos are applied to the skin and how to properly take care of them long-term.
If the needle penetrates deeper, it could cause a "blowout," which happens when ink is sent below the dermis, causing the ink to spread out in a layer of fat. This is why it's essential to do your research on the artist before getting a tattoo!
Depending on your tattoo and artist, they might recommend a different procedure for aftercare. A pretty general rule is to keep it clean and wash it with unscented soap two times a day for the first two weeks. The first 3 days after getting your tattoo, your artist will probably recommend a healing ointment like Aquaphor to ensure fast and happy healing.
After that, switch to an unscented aftercare lotion such as Ink My Whole Body by Stripped Beauty. This tattoo aftercare lotion is infused with Shea Butter, Hemp Oil, and other skin-healing ingredients to help moisturize and replenish the harsh aftermath of a tattoo. Not only is this product great for new tattoos, but it will also bring vibrancy back and help restore the look to old tattoos. 15% of the proceeds of "Ink My Whole Body" go to The Last Prisoner Project.
Remember, all skin types are different, and some people will heal faster or slower than others. Keep in mind that people may have different pain tolerances and reactions after a tattoo. It is always important to consult with your artist about the proper care for your specific tattoo.