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How to Keep Your Tattoo Healthy and Looking New

Has your tattoo begun to look dull and faded as time goes by? Don't fret! This is completely normal and can be fixed with a simple solution! Keep on reading to learn how to revive your dull tattoo!

How do tattoos work?

Our skin has three layers: epidermis, dermis, and the fat layer. The epidermis is the outermost layer that protects the skin. The second layer, the dermis, contains the sweat glands, hair follicles, and blood vessels. The third layer attaches the dermis to the muscles and bones underneath.
When you get a tattoo, the needle penetrates the epidermis and dermis, and the ink is injected into the dermis layer. Since the ink is already on the second layer, it cannot be easily removed and may last for a lifetime.

Why does my tattoo look dull and faded?

Our skin regenerates every day-producing new skin cells and shedding off old skin cells. When your old skin sits on the epidermis for a long time, it will build up and will cause skin dullness. In other words, over time, dead skin and dirt sit your tattoo, making it look less vibrant.

What will happen if the dead skin will continue to build up on my skin?

When dead skin accumulates, the skin gets dry and flaky. The skin may also crack, making the body susceptible to infection. Not only does it make your tattoo look dull, but it may also get irritated, infected, and swollen.

How can I take care of my tattoo?

Well, the most important step is to exfoliate your skin. This means that you'll be removing the dead skin cells and dirt on your epidermis to make your tattoo look more vibrant. Just note that this routine is only for a fully healed tattoo.
The easiest solution is to get an exfoliating tool like the CheekyGlo Exfoliating Glove to easily slough away dead skin. This glove is made of viscose fabric, a rough-textured fabric, which is perfect for deep exfoliation. Follow the following steps when you exfoliate:
  1. Enjoy a warm shower or bath for at least ten minutes. In this way, your skin and hair follicles loosen up for easier exfoliation. Just note that you shouldn’t use any soap, body lotion, or oil prior to exfoliation as the glove relies on friction in removing dead skin.
  2. Wet the glove and squeeze out excess water from the glove, leaving it slightly damp.
  3. Move out of the water and start scrubbing your skin. Use upward and downward strokes until you see the dead skin cells rolling off your skin. For best results, apply pressure with the palm of your hands using long, firm strokes.


Now that your skin is already clean and dead skin-free, it’s time to keep it hydrated. Use our body oil to keep your tattoo healthy and to provide a barrier for your skin! This all-natural body oil is made with certified organic ingredients, making it perfect for even the most sensitive skin! It's also vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without sulphates, parabens, and phthalates.
What makes our body oil so special? Its key ingredients!
  • Peach kernel oil: this oil carries moisture deep into the skin for long-lasting hydration, making it look healthy and plumped-up, and feel soft and supple.
  • Jojoba Oil: ultra-hydrating, softening, and smoothing it helps smooth scars and burns, rashes, and acne. Perfect for dry skin, eczema, pigmentation, and wrinkles.
  • Argan Oil: helps strengthen skin tissues, aid wrinkle prevention, boosts elasticity, hydrates skin, prevents and reduces stretch marks, and much more.
  • Vitamin E: helps reduce inflammation and speed up cell regeneration!
For fresh and unhealed tattoos, moisturising is a way to help them heal faster and prevent itchiness and dryness.
     Lastly, always applying sunscreen can prevent UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin and affecting the appearance of your tattoo. 

    UVA rays tend to penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays, causing more long-lasting damage. These rays can cause skin to age prematurely, leading to wrinkles and sagging over tattooed areas. UVA rays can also fade many types of tattoo inks. Lighter-colored inks tend to fade faster than darker inks. White and pastel inks fade fastest of all. But even black and gray inks can fade over time if not protected.

    UVB rays are primarily responsible for causing damage to the very top layers of skin. UVB rays are most responsible for causing sunburn and sunburned skin can do a lot of damage to tattoos, especially if your tattoo is new. New tattos are essentially open wounds that shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight until they’re healed. New tattoos that get sunburned may take longer to heal and they may itch and blister. Even sunburns on old tattoos can cause lasting damage. 

    If you have a new tattoo, you can’t apply sunscreen to it until it’s fully healed. Instead, cover your tattoo with loose clothing to avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. Remember, new tattoos are open wounds. Sunscreens contain chemicals and minerals. These substances can irritate your skin. But if you have a healed tattoo, it’s safe to apply sunscreen.

    Keep your tattoo healthy and fresh with the CheekyGlo Glow Up Duo! After removing the dead skin cells and dirt with the CheekyGlo Exfoliating Glove, lather your skin with our ultra-hydrating Juicy Peach Body Oil for the ultimate glow!

    CheekyGlo is an Australian beauty brand that specialises in beauty tools and products that provide real results. Our mission is to empower women and men to look and feel their best, naturally.