Tattoo aftercare includes numerous products to ensure the highest quality and recovery possible. When it comes to really nailing down and effectively going through the tattoo healing process I normally recommend having three things on hand:
- Anti-Bacterial Soap
- Unscented Lotion
Obviously, you want to choose the best and highest quality products when it comes to the products you will be applying onto your new tattoo.
There are a few things to take into consideration when you are choosing the best lotion for tattoos, I break down my selection on quality and price.
Quality: I look for products that are unscented and have enriching ingredients for the skin to assist with the recovery process. When it comes to the best tattoo lotions there are a few ingredients you should avoid:
Many of the lotions you will find that are recommended for tattoos will not contain these products because they can negatively affect the skin/tattoo as it is healing.
Price: Price always comes secondary to quality when talking about tattoos and tattoo aftercare products. Why skimp on quality to save a few extra bucks for something that will be on your body for the rest of your life? Take care of the tattoo and then consider price – otherwise I would avoid getting tattooed until you can.
Price is generally equivalent to the amount of product you get when it comes to lotions. For standard big brands like Lubriderm it is easy to get alot of product that is effective for a price that is cheaper per ounce.
I have tried many different types of lotions and it is hard to say if there is one definitive product that really stands out amongst the rest. I really enjoyed both H2Ocean’s and Tattoo Goo’s products however when I ran out of those I moved over to utilizing Lubriderm without issues.
My recommendation for you would be to choose what your artist recommends and from there if you are unsure or are not getting good advice my opinion is very positive about the three products below.
H2Ocean Care Tattoo Lotion
Water based (petroleum free)
Non greasy; Fast absorbing
Contains B5 & skin essential moisturizers
Leaves skin soft & smooth
Tattoo Goo Original Salve
Doesn't clog pores; light application
Choosing a tattoo lotion is often times trial and error and everyone seems to find their “go to” products that meet their needs. That is totally fine, I really enjoy jumping around and searching for lotions that not only provide the essential needs but could possibly recover the tattoo faster and at a better quality.
What tattoo lotions have you used during your tattoo healing process?