How long does a tattoo take to heal?

….. I was asked this on Twitter recently and you can’t answer that question in 140 characters! It’s just not that easily answered but it’s a great question – it depends on these factors:

Where on the body your new ink is.
Clothes can rub on the new tattoo – different fabrics will be more harsh than others – denims, tight clothes, leggings – leggings have rubbery elastic through them, that can really irritate a new tattoo and prolong the healing process – it’s a really good idea to wear loose cotton clothing.  Rubbing in general will irritate the new tattoo -cover it during your working day if necessary – making sure you uncover and wash it as soon as you are home again (so it can breathe) and reapply TINKture.

Is your new tattoo colour or black & grey?
Colour tattoos can take longer – this is because of what is in the ink – there are metals in coloured ink and these can be hard for the body to accept. Sometimes the body will reject the colour all together and push it out – this is a painful process too. Other times the body just takes time to accept the new colours (red is the hardest to heal).  The area can become quite tender to touch, can feel a little hot and swollen.  This is another reason why a specifically made tattoo aftercare product must be used. For example, TINKture contains anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, analgesic & antiseptic/antimicrobial/antibacterial properties that will help to relieve symptoms experienced by reaction to ink colours. Black & grey tattoos ‘should’ be relatively easy to heal.

Are you well?
Having a tattoo is quite a process for the body to deal with – especially if the piece is larger and/or you are getting tattooed regularly (every 2-4 weeks) over a period of time. The process of getting new ink causes pain and stress, the body reacts to that by pumping adrenalin through you – fight or flight kicks in – and this is all to help cope with the pain.  You may have experienced feeling really exhausted after your session, even feel like you are getting a cold or flu, your glands may swell in your neck / under your arms. This is your body dealing with the process.  If you are unwell, your immunity levels are lower than normal, your body will be trying to get you better from that and now you’ve added another complication of pumping foreign matter into you – your body will be going wwaaahhhhhhhhh! If this is happening your tattoo is going to take longer to heal.

If you have an ongoing health condition – accept that healing a tattoo may take longer than someone who is healthy.  I highly recommend you spend a week or two before your appointment building your immunity.  It can make a huge difference (I’m speaking from experience).  This is the product I use 1-2 weeks before an inking session if I’ve been sick or am having sittings close together – Le’Esscience Chill out & Boost.  I have recently recommended this to a lovely lady who experiences reactions to tattoo inks – when she uses this daily a week or two before her tattoo session, the reaction symptoms don’t happen!

First sitting, subsequent sittings, touch-ups.
First sitting tattoos will probably take the longest to heal – all going well, and depending on the above factors (oh and if you are using TINKture, as directed) your new ink should be healed between 7-14 days.  The skin could still be a little sensitive to touch in some areas – complete cell regeneration can take from 3-6 months, TINKture has properties that assist cell regeneration so its ideal to keep using once a day for as long as you feel necessary.

Subsequent sittings can take just as long if your sitting is a lengthy one and in a new area (but the same tattoo) – if it’s just to complete some colours or add shading, the healing stage should be a little quicker – touch ups usually heal even quicker (7 days). Again, this is if you are using TINKture as directed.

Reaction to ink colours / pigment rejection.
Certain colours are harder to heal than others (red is the hardest), some people’s bodies accept ink colours better than others but if you do experience a reaction to an ink colour(s) or pigment rejection, expect the tattoo to take up to a week longer to heal.  TINKture has antihistamine properties that will help to relieve symptoms so keep using it!  It can also be helpful to take an antihistamine tablet daily for a few days.  This will help relieve the itching that can be apparent.  Reaction to ink colours usually show by a specific colour healing harder (than the rest of the colours on your tattoo), it could be more raised, more tender to touch, be more red around it – you may also get little red itchy spots around the tattoo, sometimes through it too – I reiterate, keep using TINKture and use TINKture on those spots too.

Sometimes you may need a touch up from your tattoo artist if you do experience this

So in a nutshell, and if you are using TINKture (as directed), all going well, your new tattoo should be well enough healed in 10-14 days.  It is safe to use TINKture daily for as long as you need.

Now this post is certainly not meant to put you off being inked! It’s more so you can prepare yourself, but it also reconfirms why a specific product is essential to assist in healing your new tattoo.

TINKture is absolutely unique in the fact that when it was developed, all these factors written above, were taken into account – there is even an ingredient in TINKture that helps to balance the central nervous system!

Cara’s beautiful tattoo by Pepe of Bohemian Tattoos – Cara used TINKture, as directed, and this wonderful piece of body art was healed by day 10 – a marvelous result!

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The recipe and ingredients of TINKture Tattoo Aftercare are a ‘Trade Secret’ and are protected as such under strict secrecy guidelines .  TINKture is made from high grade 100% pure essential oils & carrier oils.
TINKture is the product of Clinical Aromatologist and business woman Gillian Parkinson of Le’Esscience Limited.  Gillian has a practice in Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand where she sees clients on a consultation basis and prepares 100% natural essential oil complimentary health products using pure high quality essential oils, and carrier oils.  Le’Esscience Limited was formed in 2009.

Cara’s AMAZING orchids by Pepa at Bohemian Tattoos

One of the things we love about the Tattoo Expo’s we attend is the opportunity to meet some TINKture users – the Hamilton show was no exception and it was a privilege to meet Cara (lead singer of the Napier based band Ninja Monkey).  Cara was booked for a 7+ hour sitting with Pepa of Bohemian Tattoos, Tauranga based Tattoo artist.  Cara was going to use TINKture for the first time!

Cara was an absolute trooper, sitting for the 7+ hours plus needed to complete her breath taking tattoo (in real like it looks like an oil painting).

Now Cara was used to using Bepanthen so TINKture was going to be a total new experience for her – we had a quick chat and recap on how she should use TINKture and off she went.










Cara was THRILLED with the results – so much so, she wrote to me to report her experience – she was very happy for us to share (the words below are Cara’s & unedited)

So, here are the facts.  My tattoo took 7.5 somewhat painful hours to complete but thanks to TINKture only took 10 days to heal!  For a piece that covers the majority of my upper right arm, I was expecting a good few weeks of tenderness, bruising, swelling and healing.

This is what I found using TINKture:
By day three the swelling and redness had practically disappeared.
Days four through seven were spent peeling – TINKture eased the itchiness that usually accompanies this stage!
Days eight through ten there were a few drier scalier patches that have since healed beautifully.

TINKture is a fantastic product.  It is easy to use, didn’t pull at my skin when I applied it, isn’t sticky, soothes the skin and most importantly, healed my tattoo quickly. I also found that it was a multi-use product – having allergies to adhesives, I developed a nasty rash where the gladwrap had been taped to my skin after my tattoo was completed, but after a couple of applications of TINKture, it had cleared right up.

I won’t use anything else on any future tattoos and will definitely recommend TINK to all of my inked up friends and family.

Thank you Cara – it was awesome of you to share this with us – I’m sure it will help others to re-think the old aftercare they may use, that doesn’t have the natural healing properties & benefits TINKture does.



TINKture Tattoo After Care has won an award!

Last night TINKture Tattoo After Care won the ‘Consumers Product’ category in the Bright Ideas Challenge (Wellington, New Zealand) through Grow Wellington.

Quoted from Bright Ideas Challenge:

“The Bright Ideas Challenge, an initiative of Grow Wellington, encourages idea generation and facilitates connections and support between entrepreneurs and Wellington’s innovation community.  Only in its second year, the Bright Ideas Challenge has attracted an outstanding 925 submissions from entrepreneurs around the Wellington Region. 

“The entrants in this year’s Bright Ideas Challenge are an impressive reflection of the aptitude and depth of Wellington’s entrepreneurial community,” said Nigel Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive of Grow Wellington.  “As a region, Wellington really is an entrepreneurial hub; the ideas that have been generated by the 2011 Challenge are a huge testament to that.”

TINKture was selected for the finals due to a ‘major problem’ the product solves, not just soothing but providing pain relief and being an overall specific wound healing product that aids and speeds the healing process of a new tattoo. To win the award is just fantastic, exciting and very humbling.

The award has made us really chuffed 😀 It certainly tells us we are doing something right!

To see a list of other categories, winners and worthy overall winner, take a peek here

Now you really wanna buy some TINKture don’t you! 😉  See what all the fuss is about!

What are the possible complications with a new tattoo?

A darn good question!

Pigment rejection is one, reaction to a specific ink colour, using after care incorrectly – these seem to be the most common complications.

I have seen all of these, experienced two of them myself.  I found an article that is most helpful on pigment rejection – the picture shows one way pigment rejection can look (I’ve seen this).  Should this happen to you and you are using TINKture, don’t stop! TINKture will help alleviate the pigment rejection symptoms – the down side to this, it will just take slightly longer for your tattoo to heal (only a matter of a few days from what I have seen).

Reactions to specific ink colours is another complication, very interesting wee article here and an excerpt from it “Some people have just a mild reaction such as small bumps and redness; others will have the red in the tattoo scab violently and their body will actually push the pigment out over the long healing process. I’ve seen this happen and the tattoo might look perfectly fine except all the red is gone!

This has happened to me twice now with a green & a red – its really weird! Every part of my tattoo was healing beautifully except these areas where only small parts of these colours were – they were slightly inflamed around the colour and tender – I kept using TINKture and they eventually came right (the healing was around 3-5 days behind the rest of the tattoo).  My body actually rejected the little green part, pushed it out! The red stayed in, just took longer to heal.

If this happens to you, again, don’t stop using TINKtureTINKture will help to settle and relieve the symptoms. And don’t pick at it either, this will just irritate it more, try and be patient, apply TINKture little and often (remember to always apply just a thin layer).  A touch-up may be required if your body completely rejects the ink and pushes it out (my lovely tattoo artist overcame my green rejection by mixing a blue & yellow together which worked perfectly).

Using an after care product incorrectly may cause some complications – especially if you use too much!  Too much moisture on your new tattoo can cause ‘sloughing’ & unnecessary scabbing – so make sure you read the instructions carefully and use as directed!  With TINKture, its safe to use ‘little and often’ – by doing this you are helping to keep up with the pain relief, stop the new tattoo from feeling ‘tight’ while its going through the healing process.  If your new tattoo is ‘dripping’ with the product – its way too much.

There are so many interesting articles around tattooing & complication- its SO important you must use a ‘quality’ after care product – a product that is specifically wound healing (because that’s what your new tattoo is), nappy creams, petroleum jellies just don’t cut it, synthetic products too – they may have been the tradition but there has been huge progress made in this area – valuable dollars spent on your new body art is worth spending another $15-$30 on protecting and aiding the oh so vital healing process.

And finally…. take a look at this article, published by Scientific American – it explains quite simply why your body may reject a tattoo ink….”In the Ink”… makes you think though huh!

Feel free to share your experiences with complications – please!


I have been asked why I developed TINKture Tattoo After Care…. it was a simple reason – I just didn’t like what was on the market when trying to heal my new tattoos.  When getting a new tattoo I was relying on the advice of my tattoo artists, Bepanthan nappy cream certainly didn’t sit right, I tried other specific tattoo after care products (all natural, that was important to me in my profession) and for many reasons didn’t like what I was using.

I had a very simple tattoo on my right inner forearm – it only took half an hour – it was perfect and had deep sentimental value and I loved it.  I purchased yet another natural tattoo after care product, full of carrier oils & beeswax.  The day after my tattoo my arm was so swollen, huge bruising and man it was sore – I applied the after care, it felt ok, soothed it a little but that was it – after an hour or so it didn’t smell so nice, like it was going rank!  I think the heat from the inflammation of my new tattoo was altering the aroma!

Anyway, long story short, a week after I had this tattoo I was still swollen to the wrist, bruising still purple, my arm ached and now the flaking had started.  I went back to the tattoo store to see if this was ‘right’ – “yep, this can be normal, just keep using X after care as directed”…. sigh, ,my lovely tattoo took 3 flippin painful ugly weeks to heal.

6 months later I was having another tattoo.  Now I’m an Aromatologist, which means I specialise in the use of essential oils – primarily for alternative health care.  I have a practice in Wellington, consult and make essential oil blends & synergy’s to simply give people a better quality of life using natural treatments – it’s wonderful and I love it. You can take a look at my products on my Le’Esscience website.

This time, I thought “I’m going to make my own product to heal this tattoo”.  I did not want to go through the last fiasco trying to heal this new piece of body art!

So using my experience I carefully selected 2 carrier oils & 5 essential oils to treat the stages of healing a new tattoo, the pain, the inflammation, the swelling, the bruising (not everyone bruises and not every body part bruises but I wanted to cover this off), protecting against possible infection, the itchy stage and the dry skin peely stage. The uncomplicated stages!

During my research I also read about people experiencing pigment rejection, nasty reactions to specific colours (this has happened to me twice now) so it was important to make sure the essential oils I selected will help with these symptoms (a bit more complicated) as well as the aiding and speeding the general healing.

My new  tattoo required 2 sittings due to the layering of the colours of my lovely new iris.  When I went into see my tattoo artist to show him the results of the healing on around day 10 of my new Iris tattoo, he was blown away “You have to do something with this”….. so I did – the result is TINKture Tattoo After Care – 100% natural, vegan and not tested on animals – only very willing freshly tattooed humans.

Now I know there are other products out there that contain some essential oils, essential oils I would never use to heal a wound (which is what a new tattoo is), there are products that may contain one essential oil but it’s the ‘synergising’ of essential oils that give them their ‘kick ass’ properties and give just one simple product so many healing abilities (the uncomplicated and a bit more complicated ones).


The other wonderful benefit about TINKture, it’s not sticky, your clothes & bedding won’t adhere to your new tattoo – TINKture won’t stain either and your tattoo will heal a lot faster – a lot faster! If this means you are sports person, a swimmer / surfer / diver etc you will have less down time.  It comes in an easy to carry round, no leak dripulator bottle, its easy to apply and it smell nice too!

People are blogging about how well TINKture is working for them, Angus called it “the next generation in tattoo healing”

So if you would like to give it a go simply visit the TINKture website  check out the stockists and pay them a visit (some sell TINKture online too), if there is no stockist in your area you can order yourself a bottle, we ship world-wide – if you love it, tell your tattoo artist – we are looking for more stockists worldwide!

Please feel free to ask questions!  Maybe don’t ask what exactly is in TINKture, do KFC share their 11 herbs and spices? ^__^