Ongoing Tattoo Care Instructions

Now that your tattoo is fully healed, you don’t need to worry as much about scabs or peeling skin. However, in order for your tattoo to look good and stay healthy, it’s important to continue ongoing tattoo care.

At Aftershock Skin Care, we’ve developed safe and effective products to help you take care of your tattoos even after they’ve healed. Learn more about how to take care of your tattoos, and check out our tattoo aftercare products specifically formulated for ongoing care.

Ongoing Care

Initially, your fresh tattoo will take about 30 days to heal. This process can last longer though, depending on the size of your tattoo, where it is placed, and how well you take care of it during the initial weeks after having it done. If you’re still within the first month of taking care of a new tattoo, check out our page on Tattoo Aftercare for specialized instructions and products that will help soothe and protect your healing skin.

As far as ongoing care goes, it’s important to remember that your skin is always shedding dead cells and refreshing itself. This means that new, healthy skin will need the same amount of care and attention as your tattooed skin did during the healing process. Learn more about regular care and the best tattoo aftercare products to keep your ink looking fresh and vibrant.

Wash Your Skin Regularly

This is just part of good hygiene, but you should wash your tattoo daily to ensure that it’s clean and protected from infection. Use a gentle, unscented soap like Aftershock Foam Soap. An unscented formula will prevent any allergic reactions or unnecessary irritation, and the foaming formula makes washing your skin even more gentle than regular liquid soap.

Our foam soap is also free from any chemicals, so it won’t dry out your skin or cause irritation. With natural ingredients like jojoba oil extract, coconut oil, and hemp oil, you’ll be nourishing, purifying, and protecting your tattooed skin all at once.
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Stay Hydrated

Speaking of nourishment, one of the best things you can do to take care of your skin and tattoos on an ongoing basis is to drink plenty of water. When you’re dehydrated, one of the first effects you’ll notice is tired, dry, and even sagging skin. This can lead to a tattoo that looks faded and older than it actually is.

There are a variety of suggestions on how much water a person should drink during the day, and there are different factors that impact how well your body stays hydrated. As a general rule, we recommend that an individual drinks at least half their body weight in ounces of water every day. If you work out, drink caffeinated beverages, or drink alcoholic beverages, you should drink even more water to compensate for these dehydrating activities.


We’ve discussed how your skin is always shedding dead cells and refreshing itself, and we can aid this process by gently exfoliating tattooed skin. This is a great way to prep skin before a tattoo as well so the ink is only applied to new, healthy skin instead of dead skin cells that will soon slough off.

It’s vital to choose an exfoliant formulated for tattoo care. Many exfoliants are too harsh and can irritate the skin and tattoo, so make sure you’re using an exfoliant that gently refreshes skin. Our Aftershock Exfoliating Gel is a tattoo aftercare product formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help revitalize and rejuvenate the skin. It also revives tattoos so they look bright and vibrant.


In the same vein as staying hydrated, applying moisturizer regularly to your tattoo will help keep it looking healthy, fresh, and eye-catching. If you don’t moisturize, your tattoo will look dry, scaly, and withered instead.

When looking for a tattoo lotion, avoid products with unnecessary chemicals or fragrances. Like soap and exfoliants, you should avoid as many irritating ingredients as possible so your tattoo doesn’t become itchy, red, or inflamed. Aftershock Skin Lotion is the perfect tattoo aftercare product to moisturize your skin because we use ingredients that moisturize deeper layers of skin, soothe irritation, and keep your tattoo healthy.

Watch Your Sun Exposure

Limiting sun exposure once your tattoo has healed is just as important as it is during the initial healing process. A sun-damaged tattoo loses detail quickly and needs to be touched up more often than one that’s covered with protective clothing or sunscreen.

We understand that you want to show off your canvas when given the opportunity, but remember that your tattoo is a lifelong investment. Preserve its longevity so it looks just as good five summers from now as it does during the first summer you have it by putting on sunscreen or covering up your tattoo.

Be Mindful of Fashion Choices

Speaking of clothing, pay attention to the materials and fabric used to create your clothing and shoes. Avoid shoes that are too tight or rub against your feet if you have foot tattoos because this can cause them to fade quickly. Abrasive materials like wool can also irritate your skin and damage artwork. Choose fashion that fits well but doesn’t rub against your skin too much, and opt for materials that are soft and breathable so your skin doesn’t get too hot or irritated by the fabric.

Another clothing option to look into is fabrics that offer SPF protection. Not only do these materials help keep you cooler, but they also reflect UV rays instead of absorbing them, which can help protect your skin and your tattoo from sun damage.

Invest in the Right Tattoo Aftercare Products

Whether you’re taking care of a new tattoo that’s still healing or you’re investing in ongoing care so your tattoos stay beautiful, choosing the right products can make all the difference in how comfortable and easy it is to take care of your skin.

Find gentle, soothing, and healing tattoo aftercare products when you shop Aftershock Skin Care. We offer individual products as well as value boxes to help you make the most of your investment. Love your canvas, shop Aftershock Skin Care.