★ ★ ★ ★ ★
June. 24, 2013
This review is for: After Inked™
I acquired this directly from the After Inked website. After Inked is a daily moisturizer, and aftercare lotion that promotes healthier looking tattoos, and skin. It is enriched with Grape Seed Oil, food-grade ingredients, non-petrolium based, paraben-free, fragrance-free, gluten-free, Dermatologist tested, non-allergenic, and is a non-irritant. After Inked reduces itches, and soothes the skin, and it will not stick to your clothes. It is also cruelty free, and vegan!
Some things that set this ointment apart from other ointments are the fact that it is cruelty free, vegan, and gluten-free. This works well for artists, and clients who are vegetarian, or vegan, or simply just animal lovers. It is not tested on animals, and to me that is a pretty big selling point of the ointment. After Inked being gluten-free is also a very nice touch. There are people out there that have Celiac disease, and may not know which ointments they can use for aftercare. It also gives artists an alternative ointment to use during the process in case of a client with said disease.
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As mentioned this ointment is good from start to finish. I have tattooed with it, and have used it on myself for aftercare. I have also referred many of my clients to it. Before using the ointment I did what I call a “reaction test.” I place a bit of ointment in the ditch of my arm before bed, then check for any rashes, redness, pimples, or any abnormal skin conditions when I awake. I also had a few clients do the same before writing this review. Out of myself, and five different clients not a single reaction was mentioned. As a tattoo ointment it works very well. You don’t need much. A little bit of After Inked goes a long way. A raindrop amount is really all you need to cover an entire tattoo(larger pieces use two raindrops). It is also difficult to over moisturize with After Inked. Unless you put on a heaping amount of it you simply just put it on, and rub in the thin layer until the lotion is no longer visible.
After Inked strongly recommends not combining After Inked with any other products. It is all you will need for any new, or existing tattoos. They recommend applying a thin layer of After Inked to clean hands, and gently message over a freshly completed tattoo, and rub until lotion is no longer visible. Repeat this process two to three times a day, or as needed. You will only require a small amount to keep your tattoo moist. Gently wash your new tattoo with mild soap, and warm water before bedtime; lightly pat, or air dry, and apply a thin layer of After Inked. Avoid unnecessary touching, do not scrub or scratch, wear clean and soft clothing, avoid the sun, and do not submerge. Continue to use After Inked every day to keep your existing tattoo vibrant. However, these are just their guidelines. Please always follow your tattoo artists aftercare advice.
The ingredients of After Inked are all food-grade: Aqua (Water), Vitis Vinefera (Grape), Glycerin (veg), Steric Acid (veg). Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Synthetic Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinensis (veg), Cetyl Alcohol (veg), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange), Benzyl Alcohol and Dehydroacidic Acid. After Inked does not contain any ingredients derived from wheat, barley, rye, or oats.
After Inked can be purchased from their website at www.afterinked.com. On there they have an email form, and a phone number. Also on their “Locations” section of the website they have a list of way over twenty authorized distributers in both the United States of America, and Canada (among other countries). You can also read many video testimonials on their website, and get more aftercare tips!
I give After Inked 5 out of 5, because of the intense attention to detail, the points I mentioned above that make it stand out of other ointments, and the fact that I have yet to meet someone to have a reaction with the product (even those with sensitive skin!). This is a fantastic product, and you can tell that they put a lot of effort into it, and that it is Formulated for Perfection.