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The importance of moisturizing your tattoos

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Applying moisturizer to a freshly applied tattoo is a crucial step in the care process. Here are a few reasons why it's important to moisturize your tattoos:

Moisturizing the skin

A tattoo causes slight damage to the skin as the needle penetrates the epidermis to deposit the ink. Well-moisturized skin promotes faster, more effective healing of these micro-injuries.

Reduced peeling

During the healing process, tattooed skin tends to peel. Regular moisturizing can reduce this peeling, helping to maintain the appearance of the tattoo.

Preventing itching

Healing tattoos can be prone to itching. Applying moisturizing cream can soothe the skin and reduce itching, helping to prevent scratching that could damage the tattoo.

Preventing thick scabs

Proper moisturizing can prevent thick scabs from forming on the tattoo, which, if removed prematurely, can damage the tattoo's colors and lines.

Color retention

Well-moisturized skin promotes the retention of ink pigments in the skin, helping to preserve the vividness of tattoo colors.

Avoiding complications

If the skin around the tattoo becomes too dry and cracked, this can create an entry point for bacteria, increasing the risk of infection. Regular moisturizing can help maintain a healthy skin barrier.


When you moisturize your tattoo, you can also soothe the feeling of dryness and discomfort that can accompany healing.

It's essential to choose a gentle, unscented moisturizer, preferably recommended by your tattoo artist or suitable for use on tattoos. Avoid products containing harsh ingredients, such as perfumes or preservatives, as they may irritate tattooed skin. Follow your tattoo artist's care instructions to find out when to start applying moisturizer and how often, as recommendations may vary depending on the type of tattoo and the artist's working style.

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