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Oops, I did it again… Tips for healing a new Tattoo

I got my first tattoo in March of this year and I’ve been obsessed with my wrist ever since. I wrote a blog post discussing the process of getting my tattoo and briefly about how it healed. But for my new tattoo, I wanted to focus more on the healing and how my knowledge affected my choices this time around.

Firstly, this is my new tattoo:

It’s inspired by Beauty and The Beast which was a huge part of my childhood and something I have been obsessed with for years. I’ve kind of started on a half-sleeve thing now, but I’m cool with that. It was only the next day that I realised I’d got this tattoo on National Tattoo Day, so that was fitting. It was designed and tattooed by the lovely Hannah at Steel River Tattoo Parlour in my hometown of Stockton. You can view more of her amazing designs on her Instagram page.

The tattoo took under an hour and was a lot less painful than my first. That may be due to the fact there was less shading, the placement was further up my arm or I was used to the pain. Either way, I was thankful for that as this time I went alone so I had no moral support (and thankfully no one to video me squirming).

Now lets get onto the healing…

Hannah made me aware that Bepanthen (the ointment I used to heal my first tattoo) have changed their formula slightly and therefore reactions could have been a possibility. I didn’t want to take the risk so she recommended me using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. You may have read my post about my time at the Chocolate drop where I discovered how great cocoa is for the skin, so I was happy to give that a go. It’s also almost half the price of Bepanthen so that’s a bonus.

Hannah wrapped up my arm and I took the wrap off after 2 and a half hours and washed my tattoo thoroughly but gently with Simple Kind To Skin pure hand wash. This worked well for my first tattoo and didn’t cause any reactions. I then used kitchen roll to pat it dry and applied a very small amount of cocoa butter. The smell was amazing! I swear I spent the first 3 days sniffing my arm and craving chocolate.

I continued this process 4 times a day (morning, early afternoon, evening and night) for the next 2 weeks. You can see in the slideshow below exactly how the tattoo healed.

I’d say Cocoa Butter did an amazing job so I would highly recommend it for anyone. However more of my Twitter followers appear to still prefer Bepanthen.

Click on the above Tweet to read some advice in the replies and a product that Lush would recommend. 

My Insta followers had really great tips too:

Of course, everyone is different so everyones tattoos are likely to heal differently and this is just my experience.

Do you have any tips for tattoo healing? What do you think of my new tattoo?

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  1. Liam 31st August 2018

    Finally been waiting ages for this!!
    Love you
    Liam xx

  2. sarahTRADEMARK (@sarahTRADEMARK) 31st August 2018

    Some great tips! I caught mine when it was healing and now it’s missing a bit!

    • fayejessica 31st August 2018 — Post author

      Oh no 🙁 that’s such a shame, I’m always scared of that happening!

  3. Sophie Buchan 2nd September 2018

    I’ve never had a tattoo but glad you’re sharing your experience – cocoa butter sounds good and I’ve heard has so many benefits x

    I LOVE your tattoo designs, the beauty and the best inspired one is lovely ❤️

    • fayejessica 3rd September 2018 — Post author

      Cocoa butter is amazing for so many things! Aw thank you so Sophie, I love it too xo

  4. Planet Vikki 7th September 2018

    I will keep this in mind when I get my next one eventually. On my pervious ones I have used a vaseline type product that my Dad has always used but not actually sure what it’s called as it was from the tattoo shop itself!

    Vikki | http://planetvikkiblog.wordpress.com

    • fayejessica 8th September 2018 — Post author

      Ahhh! It’s always great to use what the tattooist recommends.

  5. Britt | Alternatively Speaking 29th September 2018

    I’ve never actually liked bepanthen. I have super sensitive skin, and even the old formula didn’t work well for me. Cocoa butter tends to be a little more forgiving to sensitive skin.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

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