Welcome to another Blog Post by Ink Nurse. We endeavour to create this the most comprehensive guide to tattoo skincare education online, all in the one place.

Today, let's talk about diet and hydration and the role in the tattoo healing process it can play!

So, you just got some fresh ink? Congratulations! Now begins the crucial phase of tattoo aftercare, where everything you do can affect the healing of your new body art. While many of us are familiar with the topical care a new tattoo needs, the importance of diet and hydration often gets overlooked. What you put into your body can be just as important as what you put onto your skin. This is something that we have rarely seen talked about online, so let us educate more below.

The Science Behind It:

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and, like all other organs, it benefits from a healthy diet and adequate hydration. Good nutrition provides the building blocks that your body needs to repair itself. The act of tattooing creates a wound on the skin, which your body then works to heal by creating new skin cells and collagen.

Role of Diet:

Eating a balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals can help speed up the healing process and ensure the best results for your tattoo. Here are some key nutrients to consider:

  • Protein: Protein is essential in repairing skin tissue. Ensuring an adequate protein diet is beneficial.
  • Vitamin A: This vitamin helps repair skin. It can be found in foods like sweet potatoes, spinach, and carrots.
  • Vitamin C: This vitamin aids in collagen production. Oranges, strawberries, and bell peppers are good sources, but there are plenty out there!
  • Zinc: Zinc is known for its healing properties. This is a good one to keep an eye out for.

Role of Hydration:

Staying well-hydrated is crucial to the healing process. Water helps transport nutrients in the blood that are needed for skin repair and regeneration. Plus, hydrated skin is healthier and can better showcase your new tattoo's colours and details.

Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. And remember, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can dehydrate you, so limiting or even avoiding these, especially soon after getting a tattoo can assist with your skin health and healing process. 

Ink Nurse's Role:

At Ink Nurse, our vegan and cruelty-free tattoo aftercare cream supports your skin's healing process, complementing the good work you're doing with your diet and hydration. It helps to soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and provides nourishment for optimal healing.


Remember, a new tattoo is an investment – and you want your investment to pay off. So, don't overlook the importance of diet and hydration in the tattoo healing process. By combining proper topical care with good nutrition and hydration, you'll give your body art the best chance to heal beautifully.

Thanks guys!