3 April 2013

Forever Ink Tattoo After-care Review

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Since I had my sleeve finished in March, I have been trying out two new tattoo aftercare products from Forever Ink. Now that my sleeve is practically healed, I can share my thoughts with you on whether these two beautifully packaged products are something I would recommend for others when looking after their tattoos!

The Forever Ink Ink Balm, available in Boots and costing £6.99 for a 30g tube, is a premium skincare product specifically created to care for newly tattooed skin. Designed to soothe, moisturise and support tattooed skin, it has a unique combination of anti-bacterial manuka honey and vitamins B and E which nourish and protect, helping to maintain a healthy skin barrier. A sheer, oil-free formula, it is kind and gentle to the skin and easily absorbed, leaving a smooth, matte finish. Suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, it's free from fragrance, colour, oil, lanolin, parabens and alcohol. This is the product out of the two I have used the most, as it's the product most appropriate for the healing process. I really like this product, but I wouldn't quite call it a balm. It is definitely more of a lotion. However it does work to instantly soothe the skin and left my sleeve pretty pain-free whilst healing. It's a nice product to use, and it does work, but I think a bigger tube would be great. I easily used two thirds of the tube in the few weeks I was using it two or three times a day. If you get tattooed regularly, repurchasing this so often could prove expensive in comparison to a popular after care product such as Bepanthen which can last well over a year and several tattoos.

The Forever Ink Shield, also found in Boots and which comes in a 50g tube and costs £12.99, isn't really a necessity product. But it is an important product to consider when looking in to tattoo after care. Specially designed for everyday care and protection of tattooed skin, it's vitamin and antioxidant rich formula provides essential hydration combined with SPF45 to effectively defend against environmental factors that over time may cause gradual colour fade. It has a unique Ink Lock Technology formula which actively seals in tattoo colour to preserve and enhance lifetime vibrancy. A light, oil-free formula, gentle on the skin and ideal for everyday use, it's enriched with vitamin B, C and E, suitable for sensitive skin and free from fragrance, colour, oil, lanolin, parabens and alcohol. If you are someone who goes away a lot or spends time in hot, sunny Countries, a product like this would be a must for keeping your tattoos in as best condition as possible. Whilst I liked using this to keep the newly tattooed areas soft and moisturised, having not had any sun to test it out in, I didn't get to test it's full benefits. I do think it's slightly over-priced for what it is and the size of the tube, and a product like this would depend more on the individual than everyone - I have a vast amount of tattoo work but have never had any issues with blurring, colour bursting or fading. That said, it is extremely important to keep fresh tattoo work out of direct sunlight, and something like this would go towards helping look after your fresh tattoo work and even after it has healed. 

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Have you tried Forever Ink before? Is it something you'd consider trying out next time you get tattooed?
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  1. Oohh, i need to remember this for when I get my new tattoo - normally just use bepanthen! :)

    xx

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    1. I wish I could still use Bepanthen :( My skin rejects it now! xo

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  2. I'd never really thought to look for a specialist tattoo cream I just used savlon (it's my must have product for everything) and I can't say I'm too swayed to change. Has it helped your tattoos more than the bepathen would've done?

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    1. Eep. Savlon isn't something I'd personally use myself, but each to their own :) This has been better for fresh tattoo work than Bepanthen for me now, yes. But Bepanthen used to be all I used. When the work on my sleeve became more extensive however, Bepanthen just wasn't working and my skin rejected it. So I cannot use Bepanthen anymore! Product formula, feel and scent wise, I prefer Forever Ink to Bephanthen. I also use Rocco's Old School on my tattoos which I reviewed and you can read here! http://www.tattooedtealady.com/2013/01/tattoo-aftercare-roccos-old-school.html

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  3. I'm getting my first tattoo next week, and I was just wondering what you used before this & which you thought was better?

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    1. Hey Erin,

      Everyone's skin is different so you will find that different products will work differently for different people, esp as your skin will be healing and will technically be an open wound. I used to use Bepanthen, but after 8 years of being tattooed, it stopped working and my skin rejected it. I now use a mixture of these two products as well as two products from Rocco's Old School which I also reviewed and you can read here: http://www.tattooedtealady.com/2013/01/tattoo-aftercare-roccos-old-school.html Both work well, but Forever Ink is easier to pick up here in the UK!

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  4. I've never used a specific tattoo product before, thinking they're just overly hyped but with my last tatt I used bepanthan and came out in a rash :( I've always used it before and it seemed fine but my next one I might have to look into using some of this. The first product seems like it's about within the price range of bepanthan too. Thanks for sharing :) xo

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    1. Although something like Bepanthen, which is a nappy rash cream, will work just as well on a tattoo, specific products formulated for looking after freshly tattooed skin can be better. Let me know if you decide to give the balm a go :) xo

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  5. I'd never have known there were special tattoo care products.. As above I normally use Bepanthen, I actually love the smell.lol
    I'm getting a new tattoo done at the weekend, so I may have a quick stop in Boots and source the Balm to try! :)
    Caroline.x

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    1. I don't hate the smell of Bepanthen, but it's certainly not my favourite aha :) Let me know if you decide to pick up the balm and good luck for your new tattoo! xo

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  6. I think I saw this at Tattoo Jam last year, and have still got a couple of sample sachets in my samples drawer. I'll have to dig them out and give them a go :-)

    Sharon x

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    1. Definitely, I had some sachet samples from my tattooist too and they last a good few days! :) xo

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  7. thanks for this I've always loved tattoos but been to chicken of the pain until I became a mum now I figure if my body went thru that twice without meds I can do it....so I came across yr blog and I love it! Thanks again for the review
    jo x

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    1. Thanks Joanne, really glad to hear you like my blog! And glad you enjoyed the review! xo

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  8. Wow never knew there were special creams for fresh tattoos, I know there is special SPF sticks for tattoos.

    I've used savalon on my tattoos and they stayed perfect, but each to their own!

    Lora
    Xx

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    1. Definitely use to their own :) Different products work for different people xo

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  9. Just had my second tattoo and am using the forever ink balm. Really like it and feel that it is doing a great job! I got mine yesterday from Boots and found it on 3 for 2 and also half price so got 2 tubes of the ink balm and the ink shield for the bargain price of £10!

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  10. I found this in Poundland for ... you guessed it £1 each, defo prefer it to bepanthen as it made my tattoos a bit soggy and then very scabby, this gives a much lighter scab but i did get a few pimples on the tatooed area first time I used it, I believe I over moisturised, you hardly need any at all, highly recommend!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this reviews, i likes it. Hey guys i likes your tattoo passion. To make our tattoo more bright, soft and itching free must use the Marlowe 's lotion. Really it have no side effects. Read more about this product, please visit at this website:- http://marlowesaftercare.com/

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  12. I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post. after tattoo care

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