The Ultimate Guide to Tattoo and Skincare

The Ultimate Guide to Tattoo and Skincare

While recently traveling by train, I had the pleasure of meeting Marcus, an aspiring tattoo artist with a passion for intricate designs and vibrant colors. We struck up a conversation about tattoos and skincare, and it was fascinating to hear about his journey into the art form. Marcus shared his excitement about creating meaningful tattoos for his clients, and we exchanged tips on keeping your skin healthy to ensure the best results for his artwork.

First step in the Tattoo and Skincare Journey!

Whether you're a professional tattoo artist or a first-time hobbyist, taking care of your skin is crucial to ensure your ink looks vibrant and your skin stays healthy. In this newsletter, we'll provide tips, product recommendations, and expert advice to help you maintain both your tattoos and your skin. Hydration is the key.

1. The First 24 Hours: Immediate Tattoo

What to Do:

  • Keep It Covered: Your tattoo artist will cover your new tattoo with a bandage. Keep it on for at least a few hours to protect it from bacteria.

  • Wash Gently: Once you remove the bandage, gently wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and mild, fragrance-free soap. Pat it dry with a clean towel.

What to Avoid:

  • No Picking or Scratching: As your tattoo heals, it might scab or peel. Avoid picking at it to prevent scarring and color loss.

  • Avoid Submersion: Stay away from swimming pools, hot tubs, and bathtubs for the first two weeks.

Product Recommendations from Gleem Beauty:

  • Tattoo Shield Bandages: Keep your fresh tattoo covered and protected. (Can be found on

  • Gentle Cleanser: Perfect for that first gentle wash is Gleem Beauty's Super Nourishing Cleanser with microbiome protection.


2. Daily Tattoo Care Routine

Moisturize Regularly:

  • Use a fragrance-free, gentle moisturizer to keep the tattoo hydrated. Apply a thin layer several times a day.

Stay Sun Safe:

  • Protect your tattoo from the sun. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, like Gleem Beauty's One & Done Day Moisturizer, once your tattoo is fully healed.


3. Skincare Tips for Tattoo Lovers

Hydration is Key:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin and tattoos hydrated from the inside out.

Exfoliate Gently:

  • Use gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, but avoid scrubbing directly on your tattoo. Gleem Beauty's Diva skincare brushes will do just the trick!

Healthy Lifestyle:

  • Maintain a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals to support skin health. Foods high in antioxidants, such as berries and leafy greens, can help.

4. Common Tattoo and Skincare Myths

Myth: You can't exercise after getting a tattoo. Fact: Light exercise is usually fine, but avoid activities that cause excessive sweating or friction on the tattooed area.

Myth: All tattoos fade quickly. Fact: With proper care, your tattoos can remain vibrant for years. Regular moisturizing and sun protection are key.

Taking care of your skin means taking care of your tattoos. With the right routine and products, you can ensure your ink stays as beautiful as the day you got it. Check out our full range of skincare products at!

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