1. Second Skin
I’ve never used Second Skin and I don’t sell it. I also don’t recommend it because when I looked into it, it’s a cheap knockoff of Saniderm. Saniderm is a company that’s been around longer and was originally an offshoot of a wound care company, which tested and perfected its products in a professional setting. I haven’t heard about bad experiences with Second Skin, but I take issue with a company taking someone else’s idea instead of doing the research and work themselves.
You might have reactions to Saniderm too. Everybody is allergic to something. But so far we’ve been using and selling it for I think a year and a half and NO ONE has had an allergic reaction to it. My guys use it on almost all their customers and I use it every time I get a tattoo.
If you’d rather use lotion/ointment, there are tons of products out there for aftercare. H2Ocean is a company I always recommend, but I personally haven’t been able to use them since they went Vegan. I’m allergic to a lot of natural products, so their new “all natural” ingredients gave me hives, swelling, and rashes. Same thing with Hustle Butter. They’re great products that work for a lot of people, but I can’t use natural stuff myself.
My favorite, if I’m not using Saniderm, is Tattoo Goo. I’ve never had anybody complain of an allergic reaction, my skin is fine with it, and it also smells good 😀
We’ve also been experimenting with CBD oil of late and it’s producing great results. Inkeeze recently came out with CBD Glide, and as soon as my guys started using it, they saw less swelling and redness while tattooing and a faster healing time.
2. Is there any way to buy green soap if you’re not a tattooer?
Of course you can! Amazon sells it. I just looked and their prices aren’t that bad. Walmart and a few other stores I checked online also sell it. Search for “green soap tincture” and you should find it.
But PLEASE be aware that green soap is a concentrate, so you’ll need to dilute it, preferably with distilled water. Depending on your skin sensitivity, you’ll use 1 part green soap to anywhere from 4-10 parts distilled water.
For example 1 cup green soap to 10 cups distilled water combined in a bottle. My guys use a 1:10 ratio, but it’s a personal preference thing and sometimes artists like it stronger. The more you dilute it, the less it’ll irritate your skin.
My mom loves the stuff so much she keeps it in the house all the time. I bring her home a gallon every once in a while. It’s great for EVERYTHING. Seriously, look at Cosco’s Green Soap website. Like regular castile soap, there’s TONS of uses!
Best of all it smells like a brand new tattoo!!