I Want a New Tattoo! How to Heal a New Tattoo in 7 Days

February 21, 2017

how to heal a new tattoo

It is tax time, and this is the tattoo artists busy season. For some of us, it has been a few months since our pocketbooks have allowed extra for a tattoo fund. When that TurboTax screen says there is a refund coming, the first words out of our mouth are tattoo focused.

Can You Hear the Sound of the Tattoo Machine?

The buzz, the vibration against your skin. The first few minutes of overwhelming sensations, until your adrenaline kicks in. The smell of the ink, the purple outline of your future masterpiece. The cold swipe of the artist’s cloth against your hot skin. Halfway through your session you are already planning your next piece. Oh, the joys of being in love with tattoos.

Why Your Tattoo Aftercare Matters

Obviously, we make tattoo aftercare products so we believe our products are the best. This conversation will be skewed towards our products, BUT having said that, your tattoo aftercare process does matter.  You just spent a lot of money on a piece of art. You may have scrimped and saved and gone without so you could get that tattoo. Now we are asking you to come up with another $40 to take care of it? Yes, we are.

Susie Q Skin Ink Salve and Ink Oil are high quality, all natural tattoo ointment and tattoo wash and these products are worth your money. Your art, and the way you preserve your artwork, is a lifetime of maintenance. You only get one shot to heal that new tattoo. One chance to treat it with love and give it the best chance to heal without scabbing or scarring. The best chance to seal in the colors and keep the lines as tight as possible. So give it your best shot by using an all-natural, organic tattoo aftercare.

Ink Oil - your first step. We believe this is the best soap for a new tattoo. Many use this product right there on the table, before they ever walk out the door.  We use four key therapeutic grade essential oils to calm the nerves and reduce inflammation. Mother Nature gave us these gifts, so we use them.  Blue tansy and Galbanum essential oils both help to calm nerves, reduce muscle spasms and fatigue and to calm down angry, inflamed skin. I spray this on my tattoos right after my artist is done and instantly feel relief.

Caring for Your New Tattoo

Once you remove your covering (time suggestions vary), use Ink Oil in the shower as your new tattoo soap, seriously. I get the confused looks every time I tell someone about this. Yes, use the oil as your soap.  NO MORE ORANGE SOAP! No more harsh, drying, and stripping anti-bacterial soap. I know the urge to lather up and wash away the pus and grime and blood that has settled on top of your tattoo, BUT RESIST! Spray a few squirts of Ink Oil into your hand and then gently wash your tattoo. Then leave it alone. Do not wash the Ink Oil off. Do not use soap on it (even non orange soap). No soap. Soap is a great cleanser for ordinary dirt and grime but a tattoo is delicate and sensitive. You want to keep moisture on the tattoo and you want to keep it balanced; soap will not do that.

Ink Salve is the best ointment for a new tattoo. It has the same four key essential oils to help soothe the skin, to reduce inflammation, to reduce scarring and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Rich in organic, cold processed coconut oil and organic castor oil.  After you have dried off, take a little Ink Salve onto your fingers and gently coat your tattoo with a THIN LAYER. Should I say it again? A thin layer. Ink Salve is a potent and highly effective ointment for a new tattoo. You are not coating your tattoo with petroleum filled goo and creating the great wall of chemicals. You are loving your new tattoo and treating it with kindness. You will notice that the Ink Salve warms up when you touch it and it gently glides on your tattoo. Take your Ink Salve with you so that you can reapply throughout the day. When your new tattoo starts to feel tight, just grab your jar and put on another thin layer. You will instantly feel the relief.

Seven Days to Glory

There you have it. Your seven day plan to an amazing tattoo healing process.  Each day wash with Ink Oil. No soap, just Ink Oil tattoo wash. Then, throughout the day apply a nice, thin layer of Ink Salve tattoo balm. Easy peasy.  Seven days of using them together and you will have a beautifully healed tattoo. At the end of the seven days, keep using your Ink Oil in the shower. The 2oz bottle will last you two to three months. The key ingredients will continue to protect and support your tattoo so it stays sharp. You can start using regular soap in your showering process, at the end just apply some Ink Oil to your tattoo (and your whole body). Towel dry and go about your day. Ink Oil works great as a continuing maintenance plan for your skin. Loving your skin will help you love the art you’re in!