Getting a tattoo--whether it's your first one, or one of many--can be an exciting process of self-expression, yet one which should be taken seriously by you from start to finish. Considerations for tattoos include the design, size, location of the piece, the artist you'll work with to get the tattoo done, and, perhaps most importantly, the critical period of new tattoo care.
"A friend of mine recommended that I try emu oil for my next tattoo. I had used Aquaphor for all my previous pieces without issue, so I was skeptical at first, but I gave it a shot. I was impressed at how much faster my new (big!) tattoo healed compared to all the previous work I've gotten done.Using emu oil not only sped up the healing process, but it reduced most of the normal post-tattooing redness and tenderness practically overnight. I'm definitely going to be using emu oil for all my future tattoos."
Your tattoo artist is a great resource for instructions on how to properly care for your new piece. After all, they've worked hard on your tattoo--no artist wants to see a piece of theirs ruined by improper healing. And these days, more and more tattoo artists are recommending pure, refined emu oil as one of the best options for the tattoo healing process.
In her video on tattoo aftercare, professional tattoo artist Meghan Massacre from NY Ink advises that thick ointments [such as A&D or Aquaphor] can suffocate your skin when applied thickly and not washed off several times throughout the day, leading to infections and rough healing. She also suggests avoiding any aftercare product with fragrance, which can cause irritation.
Emu oil solves those issues because it absorbs into the skin, it's non-comedogenic meaning it won't clog pores, it allows your skin to breathe and it has no added fragrance. In fact, Emu Joy AEA Certified emu oil contains nothing but 100% pure emu oil.
There are several major benefits to using emu oil as part of your tattoo aftercare:
"I've been applying emu oil to my new tattoo for over a month now--well after the healing process has ended. I couldn't be happier with how clean the lines look and how bright and colorful the tattoo has remained, not to mention how soft and healthy my skin feels."
To ensure proper healing, an appropriate cleaning routine for your new tattoo is extremely important. Before tending to your tattoo, wash your hands thoroughly. Then follow the tattoo cleaning instructions that your tattoo artist has recommended. Most likely, he or she will recommend that you gently wash the tattoo with a mild soap and warm water. Pat the tattoo dry with a clean paper towel. Next, gently apply a very thin layer of emu oil over the entire tattoo. Repeat this process two to three times per day. A properly cared for tattoo usually takes around 3-6 weeks to fully heal.
Speed up the healing process, optimize the look of your new tattoo, and save yourself time, money, and pain by using pure, refined emu oil for your post tattoo care.