What Lotion Should You Use On A New Tattoo?

Congrats! You searched forever for the perfect, meaningful tattoo and you finally got some fresh ink. This is a bigger commitment than a kitten, and guys, that's saying something. Your tattoo is forever, so you want to give it some extra TLC, and we found what lotion you should use on a new tattoo.

Tattoos and millennials go together like peas and carrots. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly four-in-ten millennials have a tattoo. And it doesn't stop there: about half of those with tattoos have two to five and 18 percent have six or more. So whether this is your first or your fifth, the healing process is important as ever.

While the health and longevity of your tattoo depends greatly on the quality of the artist and ink, another huge factor is how you care for it in the healing process. Poor care can mean infections, flaking, or fading: all recipes for a tattoo you'll regret later. Each tattoo artist may give you slightly different after-care guidelines. Follow them!

After your skin is newly inked but burning up a storm, your first instinct is to slather it in thick ointment. Don't! The tattoo needs to breathe so the skin can regenerate. When applying lotion, apply a thin layer throughout the day.

You'll need two key lotions for a beautiful, healed tattoo.

1. Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $10, Amazon

This alcohol-free ointment is best to slather on after you gently wash and pat or air dry your new tattoo. Remember, apply very thin layers about four times a day until peeling begins.

2. Daily Moisture Lotion Fragrance Free

Daily Moisture Lotion Fragrance Free, $6, Amazon

Another alcohol-free winner, it's best to apply this lotion after peeling begins. Reduce application to a couple times a day until your tattoo loses its initial shininess.

With these two gentle ointments and lotions, your tattoo will be good to go! You can thank us later.

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