tattoo aftercare instructions

At Ink Couture, we take special care to ensure that your tattoos are safe and clean. We provide all natural tattoo aftercare from the finest tattoo skincare company: VitaliTree. 

VitaliTree is a truly multi-purpose, functional skincare line that has been designed around one simple philosophy, plants provide the best remedies. For all stages of the healing phase and beyond, our innovative products can help your skin look and feel its best.

step 1 - Foaming Cleanse

Effectively cleansing the skin while not stripping it of its own natural oils is the main function of this all natural cleansing gel. This formula will glide easily across the skin with a low foam profile, allowing a smooth non irritating application that will not break down rapidly yet rinses away clean leaving the skin soft and supple. This cleanser is the perfect first step in any balanced skincare regimen.

Step 2 - Tattoo salve

This all-natural petroleum free lotion is easily absorbed into the skin with a non-greasy after feel improving moisture balance and bringing soothing relief. Rich in linoleic acid, grapeseed oil helps smooth and strengthen the skin barrier, while jojoba oil provides anti-inflammatory properties and contains vitamins E and B to help nourish the skin.

leave the bandage

Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason – to keep air-borne bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.

Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.

don't do these things:

DO NOT: Rebandage the tattoo.
DO NOT: Apply Neosporin.
DO NOT: Apply Vaseline or any petroleum based products.
DO NOT: Apply alcohol.
DO NOT: Rub, scratch, or pick at the tattoo.
DO NOT: Expose the tattoo to sunlight or swim in water for at least two weeks.

Washing and  treating your tattoo

First thing you will want to do is wash your tattoo.

Take a shower with the water being warm. Wash the tattoo with CLEAR, UNSCENTED antibacterial soap. We recommend the Cleanse formula created by VitaliTree for best results.

Gently wash away any blood, ointment, or plasma until the area is completely clean. DO NOT use any washcloth or anything abrasive. YOUR HAND is the best tool to clean your tattoo. (If your tattoo feels slimy or slippery, you have been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much off as possible – when the plasma dries on the skin, it creates scabs.)

After the shower DO NOT rub the tattoo. Take a clean towel or paper towel and gently pat it dry.

Follow this with a very thin layer of the aftercare product you bought from us.

Do not put a lot on, only a little to the point of hydration. Excessive application clogs the pore which leads to an infection. If you do not buy aftercare from us, please use any fragrance-free lotion.

DO NOT use Neosporin. This is for cuts and scrapes, NOT for tattoos.

protection from the sun And using sunblock

After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage your tattoo! Protect the tattoo with a minimum of 30SPF sun block. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for years!


Yes, you can (and should) shower with a tattoo! Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious INFECTION AND DAMAGE! Wait at least 2-3 weeks for the tattoo to fully heal. Swimming in a pool should also be avoided for 2-3 weeks.

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