Tattoo Cream vs. Tattoo Balm: What's the Difference?

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There’s a lot of tattoo creams and balms out in the world, and it can be hard to know which one to buy. Some creams and balms have similar ingredients and not all of them are helpful for your skin and your tattoo.

What is the difference between a Tattoo Cream and a Tattoo Balm?

Tattoo creams and balms all have one common goal -- to protect, hydrate, treat and repair your skin. In general, they work to protect your tattoo making it more supple and smooth but balms often work to speed your recovery time as well as offer protection that is difficult with tattoo cream. 

In general, the difference between a tattoo balm and a tattoo cream is the consistency and thickness.

A tattoo balm is normally free from water content and formulated with oil and beeswax as its base, so it stays on your tattoo for longer and seals the skin while letting it breathe. A balm is suitable for all parts of your skin where you will get your tattoo, but normally balms are not designed for your face because they are much denser, active and intensive.

A tattoo cream is lighter in consistency and contains a mixture of water and oil in its base. Most creams are formulated for the face with additional treatment ingredients added to achieve a desired skin outcome - a tattoo cream is no different. In general, tattoo creams don’t adhere to the skin as well as balms, they rub off on clothing more easily, and do not offer the same level of protection or speedy recovery that you will find with tattoo balms.

Why ManukaRx Tattoo Care Balm Works Best

Here’s why we think ManukaRx Tattoo Care Balm is the one to go with.

You’ve probably heard a bunch of companies claim their tattoo balm or tattoo cream is the best out there. So who are we to speak? What makes ManukaRx Tattoo Care the best is that it’s made of ingredients that have been  proven and formulated to help your skin. HHH Tattoo Care balm features natural ingredients that other balms and creams sometimes have, but there are a handful of standout ingredients that are unique to ManukaRx and that you should know about.

Ricinus Communis Root Extract

Your common Castor Oil has a lot of anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of phytochemicals like flavonoids, alkaloids, and tannins. It stimulates tissue growth so that a barrier can be formed between the wound and the environment, decreasing the risk of infection.

Butyrospermum Parkii Butter

Also known as Shea Butter, this ingredient helps retain moisture on the skin’s surface. It also helps reduce the look of rough patches and dry flakes on your skin. Experiments have shown that it has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants which can help reduce inflammatory skin diseases and the damage the skin has undergone when you had your tattoo. It also contains vitamins A and E, which not only keep the tattoo in optimal health but also to help protect it from being damaged by the sun.

Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter

Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter can temporarily protect injured or exposed skin from harmful stimuli and even provide some relief. Like Shea Butter, it also creates a barrier on your skin’s surface to retain moisture.

Helianthus Annus Seed Oil

Helianthus Annus Seed Oil can also be referred to as Sunflower Seed Oil, which is less of a mouthful. It contains lots of Vitamin A, C, D & E acting as antioxidants to regenerate new skin cells. It’s great for your tattoo by providing skin hydration and antioxidant protection.

Olea Europaea Fruit Oil 

Olive oil contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. All of these vitamins are beneficial for the skin and especially recovery of the skin from the trauma of being drilled by lots of needles. This really helps speed recovery time when blended with our other ingredients.

Rhus Succedanea Fruit Cera

Sumac Wax comes from the Rhus Verniciflua tree and has a lot of fatty acid within it. Due to its chemical structure, it will help soften your skin, it’s one of our secret ingredients that really work well.

Hypericum Perforatum Oil

Hypericum Perforatum Oil or more commonly known as St Johns Wart has been used as a folk remedy for light wounds, scars, and burns for centuries. You can see why it would be helpful in a tattoo balm.

Leptoscoparium Branch Leaf Oil

Also known as Mānuka Oil, our hero ingredient is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, anti-allergenic, and cicatrisant – wow all of those? All of this means that it will help heal your skin and promote faster healing, making your tattoo look great sooner, and you will be able to show it off far quicker because of the mānuka oil.

Macropiper excelsum leaf extract

Used for centuries by the Māori people to heal and calm dry and itchy skin, the kawakawa tree is thought of as a ‘miracle’ plant and it is one of New Zealand’s most powerful and nurturing botanicals. Also hailed as having a detoxifying effect, as it naturally works to draw out impurities while at the same time delivering an anti-inflammatory, antifungal and healing effect. It works to strengthen the skin, while restoring hydration and providing intense nourishment – you can see why it is great in a tattoo formulation.

Arnica Montana Flower Extract

Arnica has been used for pain and swollen skin. We use it for mild pain relief, although it will be used after the pain of your tattoo, it does blend with other ingredients to relieve the itch from your tattoo scabbing.

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Also known as Vitamin C Ester we use it to help blend vitamins A, C & D into a suspension. It’s an effective collagen builder and free-radical scavenging ingredient in its own right, essential to healthy skin. It’s quickly be absorbed because it’s fat-soluble meaning that because it gets into your skin quick and easy, and you feel the benefits right away.

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil

This is a long name for Sweet Almond Oil, and it’s full of vitamin E, A, fatty acids, protein, potassium, and zinc. This combination helps accelerate the healing of your irritated skin.

Give ManukaRx HHH Tattoo Balm a Try

With a focus on natural ingredients, ManukaRx HHH Tattoo Balm will help soothe your irritated skin without causing more problem by the use of chemicals. It helps ease the pain of inflammation, swelling, and everything else that comes with a fresh tattoo, and helps speed your skin’s natural processes of recovery. 

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