We use a clean swab or finger to scoop out a small amount, warm between hands and massage into skin allowing a few minutes for absorption. For tattoo aftercare we follow our artists instructions. For older tattoos, for best results, we use immediately after bath, while skin is still soft. To aid in absorption, when applying to completely dry skin on older tattoos, we add a few drops of water and blend in our hand before applying. If this is the first time using any of our ingredients on your skin, please spot test on a small area other than the tattoo before applying to a new tattoo. This salve is the same formula as our All Purpose Salve, and can be used the same way!