After the first 3 to 5 days you can start to use an unscented lotion or cream on your tattoo. Our Shea Butter Balm is an amazing, skin softening product which has 15% shea butter. That is almost unheard of in a cream. It also has added calcium. Recent studies have shown that calcium has as positive of an effect on your skin as it does on your bones - it strengthens as well as fortifies. This is PERFECT for maintaining your tattoo over time. It will take just a few minutes to completely “dry” on your skin. After it does, it provides long lasting protection with a layer of silk that keeps your skin (and tattoo) looking GREAT!