10 Best Lotions For New Tattoos To Keep Your Ink Healthy

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Tattoos have become something of mainstay in modern culture. Men have them. Women have them. Hell, your grandfather or grandmother may have them. (I personally have dozens.)

And yet, in spite of their popularity, there still seems to be some confusion about what tattoo lotion to use after you get ink, and how you can — and should — care for your new tattoo.

But don’t worry. We’ve scoured the internet and found some of the best tattoo lotions, ointments, and salves to keep your skin smooth and your tattoo bright.

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So, what is the best tattoo lotion for new tattoos? Here are 10 great options.

1. H2Ocean Ocean Care Skin Moisturizing Cream

Specifically designed for new and/or healing tattoos, H2Ocean Ocean Care Skin Moisturizing Cream “is designed to nourish, revitalize and hydrate your skin by providing 82 essential trace elements and minerals that keep your tattoo healthy and moisturized with each application.” And bonus: this will not smudge or stick to your clothes.

(H2Ocean.com, $11)

2. Tattoo Goo Salve

Made from beeswax, olive oil, cocoa butter, and other herbs, oils, and vitamins known for their natural healing properties, Tattoo Goo is perfect for healing (and healed!) tattoos.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

3. Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment

Easy to find and use, Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment is a “multi-purpose ointment [which] protects, [smoothes,] and soothes extremely dry skin.” It is recommended by both dermatologists and tattoo artists (and is my personal favorite) and with a fragrance and preservative-free formula, this ointment is perfect for anyone and everyone getting a new tattoo — including those with sensitive skin.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

4. Cetaphil Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion

Cetaphil Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion is “specifically formulated to soothe your dry skin. Once applied, your skin feels soft and smooth. [Plus] it’s non-greasy, non–irritating and noncomedogenic...[formula leaves] you feeling comfortable in your own skin.

(Walgreens, $10.49)

5. After Inked Moisturizer and Tattoo Aftercare Lotion

According to AfterInked.com, After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer is a vegan-based formula — made from grapeseed oil, glycerin, shea butter, and synthetic beeswax — which “delivers effective [lightweight] skin moisturization and helps to preserve the colors of your tattoos,” without feeling heavy or bogging it down. After Inked is great for you and your new tattoo, and the formula “has been dermatologist tested, [and is both] non-allergenic and non-irritating.”

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

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6. Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion

This rich, fragrance-free formula is precisely what your new tattoo needs. Moisturizing and conditioning!

(Walgreens, $9.49)

7. Lubiderm Daily Moisture Fragrance Free Lotion

Available at drug stores across America, Lubiderm will hydrate your skin while leaving both you and your new tattoo feeling clean, with no grease or grim left behind.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

8. Hustle Butter (for tattoos)

Made from shea, mango, and aloe butters, Hustle Butter is the perfect petroleum replacement “for tattoos before, during, and after the tattoo process.”

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

9. Billy Jealousy Tattoo Lotion

Want to heal your tattoo and help keep its vibrant color? Look no further than Billy Jealousy, a specially formulated lotion which contains essential oils designed to “bring out your tat’s color, definition and [add] just a little oomph!”

(Billy Jealousy, $45)

10. Ink Fixx All Natural Tattoo Lotion

While the other lotions and salves on this list are perfect for your new tattoo, Ink Fixx works best during the later stages of the healing process — as the water-based moisturizer helps reduce both itchiness and redness.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

And remember: no matter what tattoo lotion you chose, the best way to heal your new tattoo is to keep it clean and cared for.

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Nicole Lane is a wife, mother, writer, and regular contributor for YourTango. She is a staunch defender of women's rights, she believes firmly in equality and parity, and she is an advocate for women's health, mental health, and sexuality.

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