Is It OK To Use Hand Cream For Tattoo Aftercare?

What to use on a fresh tattoo? It’s a question that gets asked over and over, with answers varying wildly among different groups of aficionados.

While there’s no one product that everyone agrees on, there are certainly rules that it’s wise to follow, and first among them is that you shouldn’t use any just old moisturiser, lotion or hand cream on a freshly worked tattoo.

That’s because you want to avoid the tattoo getting irritated at all costs and most ordinary moisturisers contain standard ingredients that can cause your delicate healing skin to get inflammed, itchy or rashy.

Don’t use a lotion or cream that contains any of the following ingredients:

  • Petroleum jelly or paraffin is too heavy for new tattoos, and don’t allow skin to breathe

  • Fragrance - whether it’s listed as parfum, perfume or fragrance, and whether it’s natural or not, fragrance is best avoided as it is likely to irritate the skin

  • Alcohol - can dry out the skin or cause a reaction

  • Other synthetic ingredients - can also cause a rash or a flare-up

  • Lanolin can be found in hand creams and nappy creams and can also trigger a reaction

This means that your ordinary hand cream is probably not a good moisturiser to use on your new tattoo! If you do want to use a hand cream for tattoo aftercare, make sure it’s free from all the above. Balmonds Intensive Hand Cream would work as an aftercare lotion, but we’d still recommend you use the balm first.

Recommended Product:

Skin Salvation

Use Skin Salvation for the first month and thereafter Balmonds' Daily Moisturising Cream.



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