Tattoos may look gorgeous on your skin immediately after the artist has finished his job but the healing process is quite a pain. Aftercare for tattoos is as important as the selection of tattoo artist if not more.
It is also important to ensure that the quality of colour on this piece of body art is maintained for a long period. Vitamin E oil is one of the best tattoo aftercare products to not only look after your skin but also to ensure color stability.
Table of Contents
- Why Vitamin is Good for Your Tattoos?
- How to Use Vitamin E on Tattoos?
- Other Natural Tattoo Aftercare Products
- Risks of Vitamin E on Skin
- Tips and Precautions
Getting a tattoo on your skin is not an easy task by any means. Your excitement about getting inked is understandable but you need to be careful to ensure that aftercare is well thought-out.
A tattoo takes about 4 to 6 weeks to completely heal. Your skin needs breathing while healing after a tattoo is sketched on your body. The inks also need to maintain uniformity without fading. Skin shouldn't dry out or scar. So whatever after care product you use on your tattoos must take care of all these aspects.
Vitamin E is a good moisturizer, but so are so many other cheaper options. So why use vitamin E? Vitamin e also improves blood circulation. So it speeds up healing your tattoos faster. In addition Vitamin e is a good antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals causing aging.
When to apply and how much to apply is as important as what to apply on your tattoo.
When to apply?
- 3 days after your first tattoo
- Everyday thereafter for 4-6 weeks
- Apply 3-4 times daily.
What to Apply on your Tattoos?
Vitamin E is a thick oil. You will have to dilute it with another thinner oil to get good results on your tattoos.
- mix vitamin e oil and olive oil in the ratios between 1:4 - 1:8
- clean your tattooed skin with warm water and gentle antiseptic liquids
- tab the area dry with a cotton towel or paper towel
- apply the mix on the affected area 3-4 times daily
- do it for 4-8 weeks until tattoos are completely healed.
Coconut oil itself alone can be applied to get the moisturising effect. The vitamin e will offer both moisturizing and improved blood circulation benefits.
- add 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin e oil in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- mix well
- clean the tattooed area with antiseptic liquid and warm water and dab it dry
- apply vitamin e and coconut oil mix
- do it 3-4 times daily until your tattoos are healed.
Vitamin E and Vitamin C combination will also give you sun protection in addition to all the vitamin e benefits. It is sometimes extremely difficult to avoid sun and sun exposure is not good for tattoos until they are healed completely. Applying vitamin e and vitamin c mix will protect you from sun.
- mix equal amount of vitamin 3 oil and vitamin c oil
- Apply on the affected area after cleaning with warm water and gentle antiseptic soap or liquid and dabbing dry
- Do it 3-4 times during every day for 6 weeks
- Coconut oil
- Almond oil
- Aloe Vera gel
- Vitamin A oil
- Vitamin C oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Olive oil
- Rosemary leaf extract
- Green tea leaf extract
- Sea buckthorn oil
Vitamin E is generally safe in both topical and oral applications. Since we are talking about topical use we will restrict our risk profile within the sphere of topical application on skin.
- It might cause allergic reaction to some sensitive skins.
- It may or may not cause allergic reaction if it is diluted with other oil. But in rare cases if it still cause allergic reaction then stop using it.
- It looks greasy on the skin, so either you dilute it or apply at night.
After careful consideration and maybe weeks of debating with self you finally might have decided to go for tattoos on your skin.
Take the following precautions to make sure that you get the best out of your tattoos as planned.
Before getting tattoos...
- Get your tattoos done from a registered and well known tattoo artist. Never try to do it yourself unless you are the artist.
- Ensure that your tattoo studio avides by necessary safety and hygiene standards.
- Use all new unused products including needles, tubes, containers, trays, inks and pigments etc. Non-disposable, if used products should be sterilized.
- Get only approved inks, dyes and pigments that are safe for skin
- Keep the bandage on your tattoos intact for 24 hours at least to keep the airborne bacteria away.
- Always wash your skin with slightly warm water and gentle antibacterial liquid.
- Don't rub on recently tattooed skin
- Keep your tattoos skin properly moisturised throughout the healing process which takes about 4-6 weeks.
- Avoid sun exposure during early stages for about 4 weeks
- Stop swimming in public places for 4-6 weeks as you might catch infection
- Do not do strenuous exercises for 4-6 weeks. Just do milder exercises for this period
- Never pick or scratch your tattoo though you might get itching, peeling and scabbing.
- Wear loose clothes to avoid friction between clothe and skin
Last but not the least, if you do not like your recently done tattoo don't fret. You can get it removed professionally. Find the right experts who can help you to get rid of them.