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Vegan tattoos and vegan tattoo aftercare
Veganism isn’t just about eating, dressing and using cosmetics ethically. For those among us who are tattoo aficionados, one issue presents itself – where to go for vegan tattoo ink and aftercare products? Aftercare for a tattoo is just as important as getting the tattoo itself. Such products help to ensure that one’s skin recovers while being nurtured with the most useful ingredients. These ingredients, when applied to the tattoo, can help to keep it in a well-moisturised condition, while helping it heal at an accelerated speed.
As with everything involved in the process of tattooing, tattoo-aftercare lotions can also, unfortunately, be often unsuitable for vegans. But as commonly known, natural oils and plant-based ingredients will keep your skin soft without slathering sensitive areas in harsh chemicals and unwanted by-products.
Tattoo ointments are generally only used for the first few days of healing and contain a more concentrated dosage of vitamins A and D used to help the skin heal and to help close the wound up as quickly as possible during the initial healing stages. It's very important to ensure that one applies any tattoo aftercare product correctly and carefully as failure to do this can result in diminished healing or even loss of ink from the initial tattoo.
Tattoo lotions, creams and moisturisers can either be used after using ointments, or can be used as an alternative to ointments as soon as one has gotten their tattoo. Unlike ointments, tattoo lotions and creams can be used throughout the whole aftercare process.
While they do still contain helpful vitamins and minerals, lotions and creams aren’t primarily aimed to healing but rather more towards keeping the skin well-moisturised and hydrated. If one’s skin is naturally prone to drying out or getting irritated, it would be sensible and beneficial to use these products from the very start of your tattoo healing process. Moisturising a tattoo regularly is of extreme importance and one should aim to clean them 3-6 times per day for the first two weeks.
Every vegan knows well that finding cruelty-free alternatives isn’t easy, especially when it comes to tattoo aftercare. Luckily, an increased demand in vegan products has also led to vegan aftercare brands that promise to aid in the healing process of a tattoo just as well as the non-vegan competition while being 100% cruelty-free!
As for aftercare, big global brands like Lush and Superdrug have suitable products, like the Lush Ultrabalm and Superdrug’s Vitamin E Range. Alternative vegan aftercare options include coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. In terms of razors and soaps, ensure yours are free from animal-derived glycerine strips and your soaps don’t contain lanolin or animal fats, with Castile soap being an alternative option. Ohana Organics makes a shea-based tattoo butter with aloe, calendula, and lavender to soothe and support healing. Merry Hempsters makes a Vegan Tattoo Soft Salve that uses organic herbs and hemp butter to keep skin moisturised and soft during recovery.
Here is a list of vegan creams, soaps and lotions:
10. Ohana Organics