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Tattoo Care: Here’s What You Need to Know to Keep Your Tats Looking Fresh

Tattoo care tattooist and young womanAfter all that work, money, and pain, you want to make sure your tattoo stays awesome forever. There are several ways you can make sure to keep your tattoo looking as good as it did on the first day. All you need to know is the proper tattoo care.

Tattoo Care is Not Just About the First Day

You probably already know that you need to take good care of your tattoo when it’s freshly inked. You know to keep it covered so that it stays clean and free of bacteria. Skin infections are no joke. Neither is the transfer of blood onto surfaces or other people.

You should treat your tattoo like any other wound. If you find it swallowing or hurting, ice can help. Try using a Ziploc bag wrapped in a clean paper towel. You can have it on for around ten to fifteen minutes on top of your wrapped tattoo.

Products to Use for Tattoo Care

After that, it’s all about using Second Skin dressing. It should be on for at least overnight, but it can be left on for as long as it’s comfortable. Three or four days is average.

What is Second Skin? It’s a breathable barrier that will keep your tattoo protected.

Do not rip it off. It’s not a Band-Aid. Instead, stretch your body part that the tattoo is on to make it come off naturally. If while wearing it, you get some fluid inside, it can be pushed off to the side. You can puncture it so that the excess fluid can escape.

Then morning and night use a specially formulated balm or tattoo cream to reduce the risk of infection and give your skin the vitamins that it needs to help the body’s natural processes to heal faster. ManukaRx’s HHH Tattoo Care Balm is made using Manuka Oil and 18 other natural ingredients that have been formulated especially for Tattoo Care.

Now, that’s all during the first few weeks. Did you know that two to four weeks after you get your tattoo, it can appear lighter because of the fresh skin under the scab? So, don’t freak out if you look down one day and see that it’s changed colors.

Keep using a balm for your tattoo care like ManukaRx Tattoo Care Balm, but you don’t have to use it as often, once every couple of days after the first two weeks is fine, it will really help to retain the colour.

What about forever? Make sure to use sunblock. Let’s repeat that. Sunblock. Always. Though only after the scabbing has healed. Sunlight is the main thing that will make your tattoo fade faster than anything else.

You also need to keep your skin and yourself healthy. Your tattoo is a part of you now and to keep it looking good, means that you have to feel good.

Make Sure You Have All the Info You Need

Your tattoo artist should be a trained professional. Make sure to talk to your tattoo artist and get all the information you need to keep your tattoo looking perfect forever, if they don’t have ManukaRx HHH Tattoo Care Balm, then order it online.

by Laufrin on July 22, 2019

Glad wrap for a day or so and currently use bepanthan after that. Full sleeve, half my back done so far…

by Topaz Karati on July 22, 2019

I did these methods after my first tat, made it so much easier and not so frightening to get more. Although I haven’t had the money to get my second one, if I can get a tattoo kit than I can stay home with my kids and be getting a tattoo whenever I want haha 😊

by Kat on July 22, 2019

Wow, this is great advice. Thank you

by Kat on July 22, 2019

Wow, this is great advice. Thank you

by Kataeya on July 22, 2019

Will definitely keep this in mind, thank you!

by Kataeya on July 22, 2019

Will definitely keep this in mind, thank you!

by Melissa Pene on July 22, 2019

I’ve been looking for advice on how to care for a larger tattoo (like full back) for some time now. I can finally stop searching. Thank you ManukaRX.

by Leah Harvey on July 14, 2019

Great work and awesome advice guys.. Keep up the good work.. 😄

by Shelley Stringfellow on July 14, 2019

Your body is your temple, keep your skin and yourself healthy. Use ManukaRx Tattoo Care Balm, it reduces infection and helps the process of healing faster

by Alix on July 14, 2019

Great advice! A mild soap for cleaning & a good tattoo aftercare product is key 😊

by Jeffrey Aquino Santos on July 14, 2019

Make sense!

by Felicity Williams on July 14, 2019

Love this! I have lots of ink, and lots more to do. Great info.

by Sheridan Brown on July 14, 2019

Love that you guys have come up with a tattoo balm!

by Emmq on July 14, 2019

Definitely using this next week on the new tatt

by Tricia on July 14, 2019

Keeping your tattoo out of the sun for a least the 1st 2weeks is vital to its forever health

by Kelly Laeli on July 14, 2019

Love this product

by Robyn Liddicoat on July 14, 2019

Natural products are the best. Would love to try these.

by Tamryn on July 14, 2019

This product looks awesome, will have to give it a try one day!

by Danae Kerrison on July 14, 2019

Keeping your tattoo looking fresh is always the main part to it. Not just the first day, but every other days, moisturise your tattoo area everyday, to keep it looking fresh.

by Shanny C on July 14, 2019


by ToniC on July 14, 2019

Great advice!

by Amiria on July 14, 2019

I normally use bepanthen but something natural would be an awesome alternative

by Tracey on July 14, 2019

Would absolutely love to try this on my next tattoo due in a few weeks xx

by Melanie Boon on July 14, 2019

This sounds like an awesome product

by Thomsen on July 14, 2019

Awesome! A few things I wasn’t told upon getting my own

by Shelly Tuwhangai on July 14, 2019

I used Kawakawa balm and beeswax balm stuff my grandparents made for my tattoo after care but I also used bepathen. I love the info you have given for forever after care it’s awesome thank you

by Stacie on July 14, 2019

I cannot wait to give these products a go 😊

by Adele Mangakahia on July 14, 2019

I really need some of this for my next tattoo adventure

by Janet fuller on July 14, 2019

After having your tattoo its important to look after it suncream to stop fade and good cream

by atawhai on July 14, 2019

just bought myself a tat kit, this would be great to try and maybe as a new addition to the tat kit family.

by Erin Wagner on July 14, 2019

Antibacterial wash every night and Pat it dry

by Erin Wagner on July 14, 2019

Antibacterial wash every night and Pat it dry

by Liza Young on July 14, 2019

Second skin isn’t for everyone. I used it in my last tattoo and I ended up with a nasty reaction. Using the second skin interfered with my bodies own healing process. My skin has been referred to as perfect for tattooing and my tattoos remain as vibrant as the day they were first inked. The only colour loss I experienced was after using second skin. I get it’s purpose but it isn’t for everyone.

by Krista on July 14, 2019

Always keep it moist! Gentle cleaning and lots of healing cream is the best way. Dont pick at scabs! I usually use a different product for tattoo care but would love to try the new tattoo care kit

by Jess Simpson on July 14, 2019

Wow, this product looks amazing! I have a few tattoos and am working on a sleeve at the moment. I have been looking out for new tattoo care products and these look awesome. Can’t wait to try them out.

by Ben Deans on July 14, 2019

Looks like an exciting product! can’t wait to try.

by Miri on July 14, 2019

Great advice. Amazes me how people only care straight after a tattoo and not any other time.

by Caelyn Deane on July 14, 2019

Gosh I love Manuka! How incredible this is 😍

by Rosina Marie on July 14, 2019

Lovely products

by ERIN on July 14, 2019

Looking at getting extensive cover-up work done. This stuff would be AWESOME to go on after!!

by Shirley on July 14, 2019

Love Manukau products so this will no doubt be another winner!😃

by Carla Taylor on July 14, 2019

Interesting for next tattoo

by Paige on July 14, 2019

This is some great advice! I’m going to use it in the future when i get some more!

by Jodine Ferrier on July 14, 2019

Love anything with Manuka Honey! New tattoos to get get, i think this is a must

by Kirsty O'Neill on July 14, 2019

This would be amazing for my upcoming tattoo!

by Thalia on July 14, 2019

Great advice! It really does pay to look after your skin properly esp in the initial healing period if you want to keep your tatts looking their best for as long as possible.

by Suz williams on July 14, 2019

If its like ur other product it’ll be great

by Liahona on July 14, 2019

Thanks for the great advice!

by Liahona on July 14, 2019

Thanks for the great advice!

by Carole on July 14, 2019

Very informative thanks

by Phil on July 14, 2019

Hey, sounds like the natural balm I have been thinking about


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