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I have four tattoos. Not as many as some of the other people who have answered, but I think enough to be able to give a contribution.
When you first get your tattoo it looks awsome - almost fake looking. The ink is bright....beautiful. If you ever ask someone who has a tattoo, they all wish they would stay that bright, but every tattoo is going to fade.
When it first starts to peel, ink WILL come off with the peeling skin. The first time that happened to me, I freaked, so I called my artist. He told me it was completely normal, but do NOT peel at the skin. You forcing the skin to peel, by peeling or scratching, might lean to blotches on the tattoo, which happend to one of my friends acutally. (She peeled at her tattoo, and along came ink with it. So she ended up with a big spot on the middle of her tattoo which had no color.)
After the peeling, and the annoying itching stops, you usually form this clear, almost "filmly" layer...looks weird, and when you get it wet it is almost soft like.....and it makes your tattoo look really light. Again, don't mess with it! It will go away in a couple of days.
I would just keep it moisturized, like you doing....but like you said, beware of putting too much. I did that with my last tattoo, and it took soooo much longer to heal then the rest of my tattoo. Just put on a very thin layer, once or twice a day, after the first 3 days.
Hope I could help. Just remember, they all fade a little and they all peel. But, if you are really worried, you should go to your artist. They can help you the most.