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Best tattoo aftercare for healed and vibrant ink


Getting a tattoo is an exciting experience, but it's important to take proper care of your ink afterwards in order to ensure it heals beautifully and maintains its vibrancy.

Without the right aftercare products, you risk infection or fading of your treasured artwork. Most people don't know which tattoo aftercare product is best for their tattoos and end up using lotions that can actually damage their tattooed skin.

We've got you covered! Our blog post delves into the world of tattoo creams and aftercare, shedding light on the best products available to optimise the healing process and enhance the longevity of your tattoos.

Whether you've recently received a new tattoo, or you're a tattoo artist looking for products to stock in your studio, with our help, you'll have healed and vibrant ink in no time!


Tattoo artist applying tattoo aftercare


Factors to consider when choosing tattoo aftercare products

There are several factors to consider when choosing the best tattoo lotion for your fresh tattoo.


The ingredients used in tattoo creams play a vital role in determining the suitability and effectiveness of the product. Some tattoo lotions contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin, so it's important to check the ingredients of your product.

Look for tattoo aftercare products that contain natural and nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, shea, butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E. These ingredients help soothe the skin, promote healing, and are also moisturising.


The consistency of the tattoo lotion is another important factor to consider when choosing the right product. Opt for lightweight, non-greasy creams, and easily absorbed into the skin. Products that are too thick or greasy can clog pores and will impede the healing process.


It's also important to consider the fragrance of your lotion. This factor largely comes down to personal preference. However, some scented products can irritate sensitive skin types, so find a fragrance-free product if necessary.


Woman rubbing tattoo cream into arm


The best creams for tattoos

Now that we've covered the key factors to consider when choosing tattoo aftercare lotions, let's take a look at some of the best tattoo aftercare products available.

MTS Tattoo Balm

Our very-own MTS Tattoo Balm is a great option for those searching for the ultimate post-tattoo care product. Made in the UK and crafted with natural ingredients, this balm is specifically formulated to provide exceptional care and support during the entire tattoo process.

Its anti-inflammatory properties work wonders in soothing the skin, reducing redness, and alleviating any potential irritation that may arise in the days and weeks following a tattoo.

MTS Tattoo Balm, one of the best creams for new tattoos

Its non-pore-clogging formula ensures that the skin can breathe freely while still receiving essential nourishment. MTS Tattoo Balm helps preserve the vibrancy of new ink, ensuring long-lasting and stunning results for years to come. Indulge in one of our three fantastic scents: Original, Cookies & Cream, or Cotton Candy today.

Hustle Butter Deluxe

Hustle Butter Deluxe is a luxurious vegan tattoo lotion, designed specifically for all aspects of the tattoo process. It is crafted from natural ingredients such as mango, coconut, papaya, and other shea butters, which helps soothe and nourish the skin while promoting healing.

Hustle Butter tattoo aftercare products

It's also a great replacement for all petroleum-based products used to prep skin before, during, and after a tattoo. The non-petroleum formula helps prevent issues with tattoo equipment such as clogged tubes or broken down gloves, while also reducing redness and swelling. It leaves your skin workable and smooth so that colours go in the first time. Hustle Butter Deluxe is another great option for tattoo artists and clients alike!


Butterluxe brings you good, honest, and handmade tattoo care. With a wide selection of process butters, aftercare balms, green soap, and foam soaps, Butterluxe caters to all of your tattoo care needs.

What sets Butterluxe apart is not only the quality of their vegan-friendly products, but also the amazing array of scents available. From Pink Gum to a super sweet Strawberry & Cream—there's a flavour to suit everyone.

While their balms and butters excel as tattoo process butters, they also double up as effective aftercare products. They can be used as all-round moisturisers to keep skin nourished and tattoos vibrant. Plus, their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties ensure optimal healing and will elevate your tattoo care routine.

Tattoo Goo

Tattoo Goo is another leading brand in the tattoo aftercare industry. Their products are specifically designed to maintain and protect tattoos, preventing fading, cracking, and peeling. They offer a comprehensive range of aftercare products tailored to meet your tattoo care needs.

Tattoo Goo 21g tattoo balm

Among their impressive lineup, the Original Aftercare Salve tin stands out as a best-seller. Formulated with eight natural ingredients, it helps soothe the skin and encourages healing. It forms an occlusive humectant barrier to draw moisture from the environment to your skin, which helps maintain optimum hydration levels while promoting a healthy glow.

Best of all, it won't clog pores or affect tattoo colouring. Their famous balm was developed by pharmacists and has been approved by dermatologists, so you can trust that your skin will be in safe hands with Tattoo Goo.


YAYO are known for their hand-crafted skincare and soaps. One of their standout products is the YAYO Tattoo Butter, which is both a process butter and moisturising aftercare solution. It's 100% vegan and free from lanolin, petroleum, plus synthetic products and allergens. Whatsmore, there are plenty of fantastic scents to choose from.

YAYO tattoo creams and aftercare products

YAYO's aftercare film, known as YAYO Guard, is also a beloved hit among tattoo artists. This breathable medical adhesive film works wonders in protecting and healing new tattoos from the inside-out. Embrace the excellence of YAYO tattoo aftercare and indulge in their top-notch products to ensure an easy healing process for your beloved ink.


Easytattoo aftercare is a brilliant, specially formulated product designed specifically for the tattoo healing process. This exceptional tattoo cream is hypoallergenic, making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Its unique formula not only hydrates the skin but also supports the restructuring of the skin barrier, promoting optimal healing and soothing irritation.

Easytattoo tattoo cream 

In fact, according to a study conducted by the Dermatological Institue Idea, the cream was shown to increase hydration levels in the upper layers of the skin by an impressive 62% after the first hour of application. Easytattoo aftercare cream is thoughtfully packaged in an airless bottle with an unbreakable airtight system, ensuring the formula remains uncontaminated until the very last use.

Available in convenient sizes of 50ml and 100ml, both in single bottles and studio packs, Easytattoo is a trusted choice for professional tattoo aftercare that delivers exceptional results.

The Aftercare Company

The Aftercare Company is a brand that truly cares about the health and well-being of your skin. Their tattoo aftercare is enriched with essential vitamins A, D, and E, which support healthy skin. With its blend of emollients, it effectively hydrates and moisturises the skin, while the essential fatty and linoleic acids nourish and soothe.

Tattoo aftercare products from The Aftercare Company

It is 100% natural and free from paraben preservatives, petroleum, lanolin, and nut oils. Moreover, it proudly carries the approval from Cruelty-Free International, ensuring that their products are never tested on animals.


Fade The Itch

Fade The Itch is an exceptional aftercare serum brought to you by the Cambridge Clinic. This innovative tattoo serum uses patented dry heal technology, revolutionising the tattoo aftercare experience. 

Fade The Itch tattoo serum

Fade The Itch acts as a powerful shield, forming an effective antibacterial barrier that keeps germs and bacteria at bay. The dermatologically tested active ingredients in the serum have been clinically proven to reduce itching and irritation, promoting a faster healing process while keeping skin moisturised.

True Gent Tattoo Aftercare Film

True Gent Aftercare Film is a breathable polyurethane tattoo film, designed to protect and support your tattoo during the crucial initial healing stage. The protective skin barrier allows your skin to naturally perspire while locking in the body's natural fluids and enzymes, which all help with the natural healing process.

True Gent tattoo aftercare film

Dermalize Pro

Dermalize Protective Tattoo Film is another innovative "second skin" product. It acts as a barrier that provides optimal protection for the tattoo wound against germs and bacteria while allowing the skin to breathe. Dermalize also locks in the natural fluids and enzymes that promote a natural healing process from the inside out.

Dermalize protective tattoo film

Available in a convenient 15cm x 10m roll or handy retail packs, it offers extensive coverage for multiple tattoos. The individual sheets are perfect for clients looking to continue the aftercare process at home with ease.

Products for a successful tattoo healing process

From MTS Tattoo Balm to True Gent, Hustle Butter and Tattoo Goo, there are many tattoo aftercare products available on the market that can help ensure a successful healing process.

Each tattoo lotion, balm, or film, has its own unique benefits and features, so it’s important to choose one that best suits your skin type and needs. Healing tattoos doesn't have to be difficult! We stock all the best creams for tattoos, which provide new tattoos with much-needed nourishment and fight against inflammation.

With the right tattoo aftercare product, you can ensure that your fresh tattoos remain vibrant and beautiful for life!


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