Now that you have a permanent piece of art displayed on your body, its time to take care of it so it heals just as beautifully as it was meant to be. Get the best results and avoid infection and scarring by following these steps.
TRANSPARENT ADHESIVE BANDAGES*
Otherwise known as Saniderm, Tegaderm, Second Skin, View Guard, etc.
*Some people experience an adverse reaction to the adhesives on these bandages. If you experience any excessive itchiness, a ‘rashy’ appearance, or a burning sensation, feel free to remove the bandage and heal your tattoo like you would if you used a traditional bandage.
I make my own lotions and balms to heal my own collection of tattoos, and so I want to offer that same perfect aftercare system to my clients. Everything I use is either organic or sustainably sourced, and using my own recipe means I know exactly what's going on the tattoos I send out the door.
All lotions and balms are for topical use only and are available for purchase in shop only, I do not ship or sell products online.
Water*, Organic Calendula officinalis (calendula), Helianthus Annuus (organic sunflower oil), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba oil), Mangifera indica (organic mango) seed butter, Butryospermum parkii (Shea butter), stearic acid*, cetyl alcohol*, polysorbate 60*, Leuconostoc root ferment filtrate & lactobacillus & Cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract*, Rosemarinus officinalis, Lavendula angustifolia, Pelargonium gravolens, Anthemis nobilis, Melaleuca alternifolia
*in Medusa's aftercare lotion only, excluded from balm
Water: I should not have to explain why water is good for you, and I wont. This is in the lotion only.
Calendula infused sunflower oil:
Sunflower oil is a highly absorbent, noncomedogenic carrier oil with a variety of benefits. The large amounts of vitamin E found naturally in the sunflower (Helianthus annuus) provide a natural antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radicals and the adverse affects from harmful UV rays.
The sunflower oil in Medusa’s balms and lotions is infused with organic Calendula (Calendula officianalis), which has been a prominent medicinal plant around the world for centuries. The calendula flower has a plethora of medicinal properties, and has been chosen in Medusa’s formulations for it’s anti inflammatory properties in wound care. Applied to the skin, the plant can reduce pain and swelling and promote new tissue growth.
There is a plethora of studies showing that jojoba oil, derieved from the nut of the jojoba plant (Simmondsia chinensis), has a remarkable effect when used in skin care. It’s a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to the top layer of the skin and keeps the area hydrated. It helps promote collagen synthesis, a natural protein in all mammals that provides an integral role in cellular processes such as tissue repair; something we require when recovering from a tattoo procedure.
Mango seed butter:
Mango (Mangifera indica) seed butter contains mangiferin, a plant compound with antioxidant benefits that has been found to inactivate collagenase and elastase.
Collagenase breaks down naturally occurring collagen and elastase degrades elastin, a protein that’s responsible for the elasticity of skin.
Shea butter: Shea butter is derived from the shea (Butryospermum parkii) plant, and is known for its many highly praised benefits and uses. It works as an emollient that provides moisture, and also has several anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been known to soothe sunburns, redness, irritation, and swelling. Some studies have shown that shea also aids in preventing keloids from forming and lessens the appearance of scars. As a well known agent for soothing scrapes and burns, she is crucial for tattoo aftercare. Not to mention it also is heavy with antioxidants and vitamins A, E, and D.
Essential oils: The essential oils chosen for both Medusa’s tattoo balm and lotion were chosen for their beneficial properties, but the added natural scents are a pleasant bonus.
Rose Geranium (Pelargonium gravolens) - anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-bacterial, wound healing, promotes cellular growth
Spanish Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) - Pain reduction
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) - Antioxidant, anti-microbial
Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) - Pain relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial