We get it. You've spent the time designing what you want and then sitting in the chair getting the tattoo. It turned out awesome but the most important thing now is your tattoo healing quickly and properly. You don't want to trust this to any old tattoo care product, you want the best tattoo aftercare. This means it should be lubricated but not saturated. You also want it to breathe and you don't want a lot of scabbing. Sounds like a tall order but it can be done. The trick is to use a natural tattoo aftercare product line.
Our tattoo aftercare products will have your tattoos looking great, while helping them heal quickly. We offer our tattoo after care products in either an oil or a balm as well as a wash that helps reduce inflammation and minimize discomfort while it gently cleans and moisturizes.
Tattoo Aftercare is important
Healing will happen. It's what our bodies do. But that process can be sped up and made much more comfortable. In this case we are talking about your tattoo which actually is a just a skin injury.
If you aren't familiar with just what to expect with your newly acquired ink then here are a few things to you'll likely run into and a simple way to help deal with them.
Pain and inflammation are common and is to be expected in the early stages. Using a natural aftercare product can help to make this initial stage much more manageable thanks to Arnica and Calendula oil.
2. Flaking and itching
This is another classic stage in the tattoo healing process that is easily managed. The hydration and moisturizing from a quality tattoo care product will help keep this to a minimum.
By giving your skin everything it needs during recovery you will speed up your recovery time and reduce the possibility of infection.
Many tattoo products use synthetic fragrances which are bad enough as it is but we opt to use no scent at all in our tattoo aftercare line. Essential oils are the better choice to fragrance but some can be an irritant in sensitive areas (such as a fresh tattoo) so we don't include any. Besides the goal of the product is to help care for the tattoo not make it smell nice.
Made in Nova Scotia, Canada
Every single one of our products are made in Canada. This way we can guarantee you get only the best. For tattoo aftercare products that's a natural, gentle formulation that helps to reduce discomfort and moisturize like a pro. Primitive Outpost's tattoo care lineup offers premium quality products at great prices.
What products are needed
For taking care of your tattoo you need two things: a gentle, dedicated soap and a treatment such as a lotion/oil, or balm.
Our Ink'd line consists of our naturally formulated soap and your choice of either a balm or an oil. Full of antibacterial, pain relieving, and moisturizing ingredients our products can tackle any new ink, big or small.
Natural based tattoo after care vs a synthetic based product?
Natural oils are your best choice for moisturizing effeciantly and safely. They are packed full of beneficial vitamins and offer unsurpassed moisturizing abilities. They also get absorbed and don't smother your inked area.
Petroleum based synthetic products are also available on the market. Petroleum based ingredients tend to just create a layer or film that coats the surface and doesn't get absorbed resulting in a tattoo that can't breathe.
Another often overlooked synthetic ingredient is fragrance. Fragrance often has many compounds in it, many not ideal for health reasons such as irritation and scent sensitivities to name a few.
Made with all natural ingredients and featuring the amazing benefits of:
Rosemary Extract: is an anti-inflammatory that aids in blood circulation. This helps with healing damaged skin and also helps with keeping your skin hydrated.
Calendula Oil: is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that reduces inflammation and swelling, speeds recovery, moisturizes and helps protect against infection. Talk about a must have in a tattoo care product.
Arnica Oil: is an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial that helps with pain management, skin hydration, inflammation, healing and protecting against infection. Along with Calendula, Arnica Oil is the second of the must haves in your tattoo after-care routine.
Carrier Oils, Butters, and Waxes:these natural ingredients are used in every product we have. While they can vary in what's unique about them, (such as being an antibacterial, or having more of certain fats or vitamins) the one common thing they share is their ability to moisturize safely.
No Scent: while we love a good mix of essential oils, they just aren't needed here. Chemical fragrances have no business here at all as they bring nothing good to the table. Trust us when we say the mix of rosemary, calendula, and arnica have the task covered.
Don't trust your new ink to just anyone. Our tattoo care formulations are natural, gentle, and actually moisturize your skin. We suggest starting with our soap and following up with our balm or oil for best results.
Tattoo Healing doesn't need to be difficult. Primitive Outposts Ink'd line of tattoo aftercare products gives your body everything it needs to heal naturally.
The bottom line is, if you create a clean, nourishing environment the tattoo is going to heal much better and much faster during all stages. Ditch the chemicals, the best tattoo aftercare is natural tattoo aftercare.
Here is a write-up that covers all stages leading up to and after you get the tattoo.
Tattoo Care 101
Not so long ago tattoos were thought of as the label of the rougher circles in society. Much has changed in a short period of time and tattoos have not only become more accepted they are part of people personal style and identity. To many it speaks of something personal and important to them and is a way to subtly share that story by making it a permanent part of themselves. There are many different styles but the one constant is that your new tattoos are the art and the skin the canvas. Tattoo Care 101 will cover all the details on what to expect before and after you get your tattoo. From planning to the tattoo aftercare after its done, this will walk you through all aspects of what you need to know.
While it sounds like a fairly straight forward and simple process there is a lot that goes into the tattooing itself and the tattoo products needed afterwards. Lets break it down and take a better look into modern tattoos, how they are done, and what to expect after it's all done.
YOUR NEW TATTOO DESIGN
This is one of the most important aspects of getting new ink as it defines what you want the finished project to say, and how it says it. Things to consider are:
- general design
- budget (obviously the larger and more complicated the tattoo the larger the monetary investment)
- how big will it be?
- on what part of your body will it be placed? (different places can be more uncomfortable to endure than others)
- is it going to be just black or have colour. If colours are involved how colourful/bright is best for what you envision?
Now there a few ways you can go about the design. If you are good artist you can sketch out what you want and take that to the tattoo artist to work with. If you aren't a capable artist you can fire up the internet and look around at tattoo designs and take something close to what you want with you for the artist to use as a starting point. Or you can have the tattoo artist design something for you. Most tattoo shops have some premade designs that you can choose from which is a great option if you aren't as fussy or just want to speed things up.
Now that you know what you want, its time to get the work done.
WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING DURING THE TATTOO PROCESS?
I'm not going to go into details in regards to the start to finish experience of getting your tattoo as each and every tattoo artist will have their own method and will likely want to explain and walk you through it. If you have specific questions ask them early and they'll be able to explain how it fits into their unique process.
What we can talk about is, what is a tattoo and what actually is happening during the process. This will help with understanding the tattoo recovery process that inevitably needs to occur afterwards.
Modern tattoo artists create their art by injecting ink into an individuals skin. They do this using a tattoo machine that mechanizes the needle so it can puncture the skin between 50-3000 times per minute. The 2 most common types are rotary and coil. They both work well and essentially do the same thing but use different technologies to do it.
In order for a tattoo to be permanent it needs get under the epidermis which is the outer layer of skin and have the ink deposited in the dermis which is the second layer of skin just below the epidermis. The dermis is far more stable so the ink will stay in place with minimized dispersion and fading over your lifetime. The needle will prick the skin and drag insoluble ink down to be deposited. Its only about a millimeter in depth under the skin and happens very quickly. So in reality you are seeing the ink through the epidermis as it resides underneath.
A very common question is "Why doesn't the body naturally try to heal it and get rid of the ink?" This is a great question and the answer is that your body does try to get involved. Since you skin is being damaged by the needle your body sends out specialized white blood cells called macrophages which try to absorb the ink droplets and get rid of them in the blood stream. Your ink stays put because the pigment particles are far too big to be absorbed by the white blood cells so they remain there, intact.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE A NEW TATTOO TO HEAL?
To give a very general answer, as long as everything goes well, by appearance your tattoo should look healed up within a few weeks. The skin underneath takes much longer and can take a few months. Now keep in mind that everyone is different and healing rates can vary greatly between people. There are also many variables during the process that can influence the time-frame. These are just an overview and a generalized look at the process and for any given circumstance you should refer to and follow you tattoo artist’s guidelines and advice.
Now lets take a look at what happens in the days and weeks after you leave the tattoo studio.
STAGES OF TATTOO HEALING
As soon as your new tattoo is completed you are left with what is technically an open wound. Your skin will start producing plasma to initiate the repair process. Your tattoo artist will likely clean the area with a gentle soap and wrap it. How long the wrap is left on will vary from artist to artist so listen to whatever they suggest but it is usually around 3-12 hours.
You’ll likely have a mix of blood and plasma on the area which you’ll want to wash off. We recommend using a natural soap since they are much gentler and don’t contain any chemicals that could further irritate the area. Something like Primitive Outposts Ink’d Tattoo Soap is ideal.
During this time-frame the area will ooze fluids, appear red and swollen, and feel like a severe sunburn with some mild bruising. Toward the end of the week as things start to heal up you'll likely get some scabbing.
- oozing (Days 1-2)
- redness, pain, swelling then scabbing (Days 3-7)
- keep it clean
- don't pick off scabs that have formed as it could lead to longer tattoo recovery times, it can also pull ink
This is generally viewed as the worst of the tattoo healing stages. It's where scabs have formed and things start to badly itch and flake. The best way to deal with the itch is to keep it moisturized with a product like Primitive Outposts Ink'd.
- flaking skin (days 8-14)
- your scabbing will start to dry out, flake and fall off, you shouldn't pull any of this off
- due to the drying out your tattoo will likely itch, don't scratch it
- moisturize the skin to relieve itching
- you will experience a lot of skin peeling off for several days, its normal and nothing to worry about
The tattoo will likely look like its all better at this point but will still need an additional few months for the deeper layers to completely heal.
HOW TO REDUCE TATTOO HEALING TIME
Like already mentioned, people heal at different rates but by following some basic proven tips everyone can use that help speed along their recovery time.
USE A TATTOO AFTERCARE PRODUCT
Ink'd natural tattoo aftercare products come in either a balm or an oil. These are made with all natural ingredients. The ingredients found in Ink'd have been carefully selected to moisturize (reduce itch), reduce pain and inflammation as well as speed up the recovery process.
Your tattoo care products should become your best friend as it will help make life much more comfortable. That might sound like a bold claim but it really is just common sense. The most common things that cause discomfort are:
- Inflammation and swelling. Ink'd products contain Calendula and Arnica Oils. These are incredibly potent ingredients that are well known to be an effective anti-inflammatory, as well as an antibacterial and pain reliever.
- Itching. The dreaded itch is caused by the tattooed area being dry. By keeping it moisturized you'll keep the itch to a minimum. Pretty much every ingredient in our tattoo after-care is a very effective moisturizer.
- The not knowing if it'll get infected. Infection obviously is a bad thing and something you want to avoid at all costs. Keep it clean and apply Ink'd aftercare and the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of the ingredients will drastically reduce the chances of infection.
By applying your tattoo product after you clean your tattoo or if it ever seems really dry, you will dramatically decrease your healing time and make things much more comfortable in the process.
AVOID SUBMERGING YOUR TATTOO
When cleaning your tattoo, cup and gently pour small amount of water onto it.
When you go in the shower keep you ink out of the direct spray pattern of the shower head.
Avoid baths, and swimming of any kind for at least 3-4 weeks. Chlorine, salt water and bacteria are not your friends while healing up.
DON'T PULL OFF SCABS OR FLAKING SKIN
This is a big one. The temptation is certainly going to be there but you can't pull or pick at scabs and flaking skin. The scabs that are forming are in contact with where the ink was deposited. These need to heal completely and then come off on their own when ready. Pulling them off early will slow down recovery and can also take ink with it causing a need for touch-ups.
CHOOSE APPROPRIATE CLOTHING
When you get a new tattoo your body is desperately trying to heal up the area. Because of this you want to avoid irritating it. A commonly overlooked area of irritation is clothing. You aren't going to be able to completely eliminate the contact with your clothing but you definitely can minimize the impact.
Tight fitting clothing is not a good idea, nor is heavier materials like denim or leather, especially if they are also tight fitting. Instead opt for lighter, softer materials that are loose fitting. This will minimize the rubbing and allow the area to breathe.
AVOID PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
For the first few days after your new ink it's recommended to sit back and relax. Your body is trying to recover and heal so it needs all the energy it can get. Overdoing it at this stage can definitely slow down your recovery time.
Excessive movement either at work or at the gym will also cause increased friction and rubbing with your clothing. If the tattoo is in an area where body parts by nature rub against each other (inner thighs, inner arm to torso, underarms, etc.) all this extra motion will undoubtedly further irritate the area and slow down recovery.
Gyms and certain work sites can be dirty so it might be a good idea to make sure the tattoo is covered while there and that it gets a good cleaning once home.
AVOID GOING OUT IN THE SUN
When you get your new tattoo your skin is extremely sensitive to UV rays. Even just 5 minutes of sun exposure can irritate and sunburn your already irritated skin. Best to just play keep away for a few weeks, it'll help speed the healing along for sure.
Tending to your new tattoo is really just a short list of common sense things.
You want to:
- keep it clean with a gentle and natural soap
- keep it moisturized with a good tattoo after care product
- minimize rubbing or irritating it in any way
- avoid picking at it. Let it scab, flake and heal all on its own
By investing just a small amount of time and effort into creating the best possible healing environment for your new tattoo you will get; better healing rates as well as great results. This takes the stress out of things and allows you to just sit back, relax, and enjoy (and show off) your new ink.