Tattoo cream: the best for before and after the tattoo

Tattoo creams help your tattoo heal

Tattoo cream, that substance that is so important after tattooing and on which not only the health of our skin depends, but also the final appearance of our tattoo. A good cream moisturizes, but it also protects and cares for the colors so that they last longer, bright and defined.

Today we have prepared an article in which not only will you be able to consult the best tattoo creams, we will also talk about anesthetic creams (visit this other article about how to use numbing cream so that the tattoo does not hurt if you want to delve deeper into this topic) and especially the creams to use after tattooing.

Creams for before tattooing: are they necessary?

You have to take care of the tattoo with a good cream

There are many legends and rumors about anesthetic creams for before tattooing: if they work, if they don't work, if the tattoo doesn't look so good, if they are harmful because they can go to deeper areas of the skin when punctured...

The first thing you should be clear about, especially if this is your first tattoo, is that pain is also part of the process and the grace of getting a tattoo. If the pain still scares you too much, keep in mind that yes it is possible to use an anesthetic cream for your tattoo, although first of all you should talk to your tattoo artist to see which is the best option for both of you (since there are creams that are used by the person who gets the tattoo, while others are designed to be used by the tattoo artist). The operation is not far from that of another cream, since it is simply a matter of applying and letting it dry so that the skin absorbs it and falls asleep.

And of course, if what you simply want to do is prepare your skin before getting a tattoo simply keep it out of the sun and take care of it carefully afterwards with all the indications that the tattoo artist gives you.

The best creams for after tattooing

After a tattoo the skin is irritated

At this point in the process, yes. it is important to choose a good tattoo cream. Normally your tattoo artist will already recommend one to you (maybe even sell it to you), but, just in case, we have prepared this list based on our criteria and personal experience:

Bepanthol Tattoo

The classic among classics, it was the first tattoo cream I put on. For sale in pharmacies, Bepanthol Tattoo was one of the first specific creams for tattoos, although it has many other uses (my grandfather, for example, used it after an operation). It contains panthenol to speed up the healing of the skin and hydrates it nicely. You only have to apply it a few times a day (according to what the tattoo artist tells you, since it depends on each type of skin) so that the skin looks smooth again and looks its best to enhance the tattoo.


In recent years, this cream has become very popular and was recommended to me by my last three tattoo artists. Although somewhat thick (in fact the first few days it can take a bit to spread due to the pain and itching), it penetrates the skin immediately and hydrates it very efficiently. In addition, the box is cute and they have two other very interesting products: a specific sunscreen for tattoos and a vegan version.

Talquistina Tattoo

Talquistina is what they put on us as children when we burned ourselves on the beach, and if this version for tattoos gives the same fresh taste as its beach shrimp version, we can be satisfied. Although we haven't tried it, some reviews on the net highlight that since it contains rosehip and shea butter, and since it is absorbed so quickly, it is a very good option for daily tattoo care.

And after healing?

Follow the instructions of your tattooist regarding the cream

After your new tattoo has healed you can continue putting cream whenever you want, always according to your skin. For example, dry skin may need a regular dose of cream to hydrate and keep the tattoo looking better for longer, while other skin types may not need it as much. Of course, it should not be a large amount so that the skin is properly hydrated, it does not accumulate under the pores and the drawing continues to look defined.

The most important thing, however, is that you never let your tattooed skin get sunburned., since this is the one that harms the ink the most: over time, the sun and aging cause tattoos to lose color and definition.

Can a tattoo be cured without cream?

A tattoo artist doing her job

Either because you don't get along with the topic of creams, either because of health issues (such as allergies to one of its components), or because you are more natural than stones, there is the possibility of curing a tattoo without cream, although, like everything, it has its pros and cons. Among the pros, in addition to everything we have said, there is, curiously, the possibility that the tattoo stings you less. On the other hand, among the cons is that of not moisturizing the skin sufficiently and that it is tighter and takes longer to heal.

However, The best thing in these cases is always, always pay attention to your tattoo artist, who is the one who will have had the most contact with your skin and who will know how to advise you best. So, if he tells you to put cream on, don't hesitate and he follows his advice, after all he wants the best for you and his piece of art.

Using a good tattoo cream is essential for the wound to close, heal and heal in the best possible way. Tell us, do you think we have forgotten to recommend a brand? What experience do you have curing tattoos? Do you have any tips worth sharing?

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