tattooed man preparing vegetables and healthy food

November 15, 2017

What Should You Eat & Drink to Speed Up Your Tattoo Healing Process

What you eat can influence how quickly your skin heals after getting inked. After getting your tattoo (and following your artist’s tattoo care instructions!) you should focus on nourishing your body with anti-inflammatory food and avoid food that will make your skin itch.


Oranges are a great source of vitamins C and A. An article published on lists a number of skin benefits from Dr. James F. Balch’s book, Prescription for Nutritional Healing. The vitamin A in oranges will help strengthen the outer layers of the skin, preventing easy bruising. It will also accelerate the healing of wounds and deter scarring. B complex vitamins from oranges facilitate blood circulation to the skin, keeping it hydrated and preventing dry skin and flaking.

Dark Chocolate

More powerful than acai berries, blueberries, and cranberries, the antioxidants in dark chocolate contain flavanols that shield the skin from sun damage. According to an April 2016 article published on Healthline, high-flavanol dark chocolate not only protects against sun damage but also facilitates blood flow to the skin, keeping it smooth and hydrated. So, here’s a perfect excuse to eat more chocolate while your tattoo heals.


Broccoli has a large amount of omega 3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory, according to a Times of India article. The vegetable also contains kaempferol, that reduces allergy symptoms. Broccoli nourishes the skin from its copious amount of antioxidants and nutrients — vitamin C, copper, and zinc contribute to a healthier skin. They also protect the skin against infections, so be sure to finish your broccoli.


Feast on blueberries after you get a new tattoo because this delicious fruit contains a ton of Vitamin C, which will shield your skin from sun damage — a must while your tattoo heals. Like the previous foods, blueberries are full of antioxidants that help remove waste and toxins from your body, contributing to a healthy skin.


Pineapple is high in vitamin C and bromelain. Bromelain is known to fight inflammation and swelling, according to an article on The juice of pineapple helps the body synthesize collagen, which in turn helps firm the skin. However, the most important benefit of pineapple during your tattoo healing is vitamin C and amino acids, as both contribute to cell and tissue repair.  


Water is essential and you should be drinking plenty of water, whether or not you just got a new tattoo. Staying hydrated will prevent your skin from drying up, hence promoting an ideal environment for your tattoo to heal. While it is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, you can feed your skin in other ways too. Keep your freshly tattooed skin moisturized by applying a lotion, like the Nat-A-Tat2 Tattoo Aftercare lotion, after you take a shower, this will prevent drying and flaking.