Advice and Aftercare

Why I am using Jengu tattoo aftercare on my own tattoos

Tattoo by Harry Marsh

Tattoo by Harry Marsh

So, I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes the sheer wealth of tattoo aftercare products available can be completely overwhelming.

There are so many different creams because every tattoo artist and tattoo wearer has a different preference and different priorities. But actually, diversity is a great thing because everyone’s skin will always react differently to various ingredients. There’s a happy balance to be achieved in which you can simultaneously a) take advice from your professional artist and at the same time b) listen to your unique body and work out what’s best for your own skin.

Since many tattooists have started moving away from the long-used cream Bepanthen, tattoo aftercare has been a hot topic on the industry’s lips. Since publishing a blog on this subject earlier this year, I thought it was important to clarify with my community that I had not be sponsored by any aftercare brands to discourage use of the nappy rash cream.

Some bloggers will be paid to promote anything. I’ve got such a flat tummy from this yummy weight-loss tea. 

Sure.

But, actually, many of us are extremely picky about which brands our blogs work with. Gaining the trust and respect of our community is worth so much more than making money. I always genuinely want to give you the most useful and beneficial information… never just pocket some cash.

OK, so. This lengthy introduction acts as necessary background information to this new blog…

Tattoo by Luca Tamilio / Luca Neptune

Tattoo by Luca Tamilio / Luca Neptune

I promote many different great tattoo products on Inkluded – there are loads of companies out there doing wonderful things (you’re about to hear from some of these in the coming months).

My recent contemplating, however, led me to realise that I owe you all my own personal, genuine, opinion. Which tattoo aftercare do I personally use for my own tattoos? Inkluded is a brand, yes, but I’m also an individual blogger so I owe you this information (completely un-sponsored!).

Tattoo by Lydia Amor

Tattoo by Lydia Amor

Jengu Inkluded

Jengu’s Insta-Heal

Since late 2016 (when the product launched), I have been using an aftercare wax from a company called Jengu on all of my healing tattoos.

I moved to pure coconut oil a year ago but since trying Jengu’s tattoo care products last year, knew instantly that I wouldn’t be using anything else for the foreseeable future.

At the same time, I’m always quite open-minded when it comes to hearing about new things and speaking to as many people as possible – I always consult with my tattooist after any appointment and will always gain their advice and information.

Photo: Jengu

Photo: Jengu

I always dry heal for the first two days after a tattoo session. I only bring moisture into the process from day three onwards. For me, this is now in the form of Jengu’s ‘Insta-Heal‘ wax. Personally, my skin – and healing tattoo wounds – just love it.

I’ve had reactions in the past from other aftercare products that include non-natural ingredients, but I regularly put the oils included in Jengu’s ‘recipe’ on my skin anyway in other creams (coconut, lavender, tea tree). My tattoos instantly reacted well to their mix. Listen to your own body.

It’s non-oily. Because it uses soy wax to bind everything together, it doesn’t have the ‘slippery’ and greasy feel of other coconut-oil-based tattoo products. It’s strangely light-weight and my skin feels like it’s still breathing whilst at the same time benefiting from the healing properties of the oils used.

Tattoo by Mike Love

Tattoo by Mike Love

What I’ve done here is explained the benefits of this product very badly and in very non-technical terms!

That’s why, in the coming months you’re going to be hearing directly from the team behind Jengu. They’ll be telling you a little bit about their tattooing backgrounds and strong motivations to create a new range of products for the market that focus purely on clients and healing. I’ve been spending time with them in the last few months and getting to know their business intentions – so much ‘good stuff’ that I can’t wait to share with you all.

I am also going to be speaking to the tattooists now dedicated to using these tattoo care products so they can take you through the benefits from a professional viewpoint.

They’ve all got loads to tell you about what they do, how and why they do it, and they’ve also got some exciting giveaways coming your way too.

Tattoo by Luca Tamilio / Luca Neptune

Tattoo by Luca Tamilio / Luca Neptune

In the meantime, you can find out more about Jengu and browse their products via their website here.

Happy and healthy tattoo healing! <3

Photo: Jengu

Tattoo soap, more info coming soon. Photo: Jengu

I used Jengu on my new peony tattoo by Max Rathbone. Photo: a month healed

I used Jengu on my new peony tattoo by Max Rathbone. Photo: a month healed

Photo: Jengu

Photo: Jengu

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