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Tattoo aftercare – how to stop your Year of the Tiger Tattoo from fading with Tattoo Goo

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Tiger Tattoo from Flickr

Once you have had your Year of the Tigertattoo inked and it has healed, you are going to want to make sure you continue to give the tattoo and your skin the best possible care. I was surfing tiger tattoos on Flickr and came across this picture.

I was immediately struck by the bright colours and particularly the red, pink and green that are set off brilliantly by the orange and black markings. It is always a pity when through lack of care, a tattoo is allowed to fade.

Recently I found a Tattoo aftercare product that looks as though it ticks all the boxes: Tattoo Goo – The Original Aftercare Salve.

One of the causes of fading in a tattoo is inflammation. Another is UV exposure, which is why you need to keep your tattoo protected from the sun.

The Original Tattoo Goo is the best selling tattoo After-care product on Amazon. Made with all-natural ingredients Tattoo Goo is ideal to promote fast healing. You can also use it for skin that is damaged, chapped, scraped, sun or wind burned from X-Treme sports.

The unique Tattoo Goo formula uses herbs, oils and vitamins known for their natural healing properties, which allow the skin to breath. It is also very soothing.

Tattoo Goo does not stain and has a pleasant natural smell. It is also petroleum free, lanolin free, and mineral oil free.

This looks like a product I need to bring to the attention of my daughter – her new Koi Carp tattoo , all down her back, is certainly going to take some maintaining!


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Tattoo Aftercare

How to Take Care of Your New Tattoo

Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don’t take proper care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.

Leave That Bandage Alone!
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason – to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.

The only exception to this rule is if your artist covered your tattoo with saran wrap or some kind of plastic. This is extremely detrimental to a tattoo, so it should be removed immediately. You’re better off not having any covering than to be suffocating your new tattoo with plastic wrap.

Wash and Treat

After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Satin and Provon are my highest recommendations. Dial tends to be too harsh – generic brand antibacterial soaps are actually better) to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. (If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible – when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.)

Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. A&D vitamin enriched ointment would be my first choice, but if you don’t have any, Bacitracin or a similar antibacterial ointment is acceptable.

**Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for Tattoo. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.**

Specialty Products and Lotions
If you prefer, you can also use a specialty product such as Tattoo Goo or H2Ocean. It’s not necessary, as many over the counter products work just fine, but it’s your choice. Use the products as directed as continue for 3-5 days.

After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free. A lot of artists recommend Lubriderm, but I have found that Lubriderm stings when I apply it. Instead, I have had great success with Eucerin.

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