1 – Leave your bandage/wrap on until told by your artist:
While some artists may ask you to leave your bandage on for only an hour, others may ask you to keep it on for a whole day. Your artist knows which length of time is best for you and your tattoo, so ensure you listen to their advice.
2 – Wash your tattoo well after removing the bandage/wrap:
Wash your tattoo thoroughly (but carefully) using warm water and a fragrance-free soap to remove any excess/dried blood and plasma.
3 – Pat your tattoo dry after cleaning it
Use a clean paper towel to dry your tattoo by gently PATTING the area. DON’T RUB.
4 – Apply a small amount of lotion
After cleaning your tattoo, ensure the area is COMPLETELY dry before applying a very thin layer of your chosen aftercare product/lotion to help moisturize and nourish the area.
5 – Wash your tattoo regularly
Continue to use a fragrance-free soap and lukewarm water to clean your tattoo at least twice a day (or however frequently you feel it needs it).
6 – Repeat the cleaning process until the tattoo is fully healed
Remember that your tattoo isn’t completely safe from germs and bacteria until it has COMPLETELY finished scabbing and peeling. Continue to wash the tattoo until this point (usually 2-4 weeks).
7 – Don’t pick and pull at the flaking/scabbing skin
Picking away at your healing tattoo can delay healing, cause fading, and increase the chances of infection.
8 – Stay away from the sun, water, pets and general dirt
Don’t expose your new tattoo to intense sunlight and don’t apply any sun lotion to the area until it has fully healed.
All bodies of water can contain nasty bacteria that which will ruin a new tattoo if you’re not careful. Stick to short showers until your skin has fully healed, and don’t go swimming.
Pets can also carry all types of bacteria that can badly affect the healing of tattoos.
10 – Continue to look after your tattoo once healed
Once healed, keep your tattoo well protected from the sun and ensure you continue to moisturize the area regularly. Healthy skin means a healthy looking tattoo.
This stage is possibly the most neglected part of the tattoo process but equally important if you wish to have your tattoo looking as good as it did the day you left the studio.
*Aftercare is essential part of the tattoo process and we cant stress this enough. Look after your tattoo and your tattoo will look after you (and your wallet, avoiding your artist spending additional time redoing badly healed parts)
*disclaimer-These are all suggested ‘Guidelines’ please use your own intuition and artists advice for your aftercare, each tattoo and customer is different and like with many things, it isn’t a one size fits all process.