Tattoo Aftercare – How to care for your Tattoo Naturally

Tattoos have gone mainstream as almost everyone has one. Where body ink was once outside the norms of society, today tattoos are a more acceptable display of personal style and identity…a way to share your story by making it a permanent adornment. Tattoos are works of art displayed on the canvas of your skin. You put so much time and effort into the selection of the image and where to display it, but you should give even more attention the tattoo care needed afterwards.

Lets examine the tattoo healing process, how to take care of a tattoo and what to look for in tattoo after care products along with some frequently asked questions about tattoo aftercare and tattoo healing.

How long does it take to recover from a tattoo?

The process of tattoo healing varies from person to person and is influenced by the skill of the artist, the location of the tattoo, the depth of the ink application and the steps you take to care for the tattoo. Fundamentally, your body will see that lovely ink design as an assault and will rally all it’s normal defense mechanisms to counter the attack.

Figure on several weeks for your tattoo to heal on the surface and even longer for the tattoo healing stages to complete. During this time you can expect to feel pain from inflammation, dryness and scabbing that will result in itching and general discomfort. The complete tattoo healing process can take up to 6 months.

How to Care For A New Tattoo?

How to Care For A New Tattoo

The goal in caring for your tattoo is to support your body’s natural healing process. Here are some tips to help you care for your tattoo. (You should receive tattoo aftercare instructions.)

  • Follow your artist’s tattoo care instruction sheet to a the letter!
  • Keep the site clean and moisturized.
  • Protect your tattoo site and don’t pick at it. Leave the scab alone!
  • Be patient and let the healing process take it’s natural course.

Those are pretty simple tattoo aftercare tips.

What to Look for in Tattoo Aftercare Products?

The purpose of tattoo after care is two fold: to promote complete tattoo healing and to prevent infection during the tattoo healing process. A good tattoo care product will reduce pain and inflammation, minimize itch by keeping the site moisturized and speed up the healing process. Think about these things as you evaluate tattoo care products.

A Natural Tattoo Ointment

We believe in natural skin care products and believe an all natural tattoo ointment is the best choice. ​The Healing Tattoo Ointment from HumanKind Skincare is formulated with​ a full range of powerful anti-inflammatory botanicals to do everything a great tattoo aftercare product should do: promote healing, prevent infection, protect and hydrate irritated / inflamed skin. Read what we have included in our product. We think you will agree that we have the best tattoo aftercare ointment!

All Natural Tattoo ointment

The oils and butters included in our all natural tattoo ointment are the components that make our Healing Tattoo Ointment so effective.

​Our product features both organic, cold pressed Hemp Seed Oil and Full Spectrum Hemp Extract / CBD. Together these two ingredients  provide natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, moisturizing and pain relief properties. The hemp seed oil also aids in wound healing and soothes irritated skin.

In addition to acting as a natural preservative, Vitamin E Oil reduces inflammation and repairs damaged skin while adding even more antioxidant and moisturizing effects.

​Organic, cold pressed Arnica Oil is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It helps to speed up the tattoo healing process.

​Soothing and cooling to injuries, organic, cold pressed Cucumber Oil is also nourishing and reduces skin inflammation.

In addition to adding even more anti-inflammatory action to our formula, organic Shea Butter is a moisturizing occlusive barrier. (This means it stays on the skin and prevents moisture loss–so much better than a chemically-based petrolatum choice.)

​The organic, cold pressed Coconut Oil is a penetrating natural moisturizer that also provides antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-itch benefits. It is wise to use coconut oil for tattoo aftercare.

The organic Essential Oil of Frankincense has many benefits in natural skin care products. Of note for this application is its anti-inflammatory effects which reduces swelling and offers pain relief. It boosts the immune system, disinfects and treats skin lesions.

​Calm your skin irritation with our natural tattoo ointment 

We have the answer to “What kind of ointment do you put on tattoos?” and “What are in the best tattoo aftercare products”?

Now you may be wondering where to buy the best ointment for a new tattoo or for long term tattoo care?  You can find them in our online store along with our entire line of all natural, hemp-based skin care products for men. (Ladies, our natural tattoo ointment is a perfect product for you, too.)

Buy the HumanKind Skincare Healing Tattoo Ointment today. With the best ointment for tattoos you can avoid the challenge of new tattoo care and tattoo aftercare for good!


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Jennifer Kay Ford is the Founder & Chief Formulator of HumanKind Skincare. As a licensed Neuromuscular therapist, Complex Decongestive Therapist and Esthetician, she has personally treated a range of skin conditions from Radiation burns, Psoriasis, Hyperkeratosis, Cystic Acne etc. This work paved Jennifer’s path into the cannabis industry examining and formulating products for external and internal use.