HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TATTOO
1. Remove the bandage after 2 to 4 hours.
2. Wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and mild soap.
3. Allow the tattoo to air dry.
4. Apply some ointment over the tattoo. 5. Wash and moisturize your tattoo three to five times a day.
HOW TO CARE
- Leave the covering on for 2-6 hours
- Carefully remove the bandage
- Gently wash the tattoo
- Pat the tattoo dry with a light, soft towel
- Apply a non-scented, water-based anti-bacterial ointment
- Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo, at minimum, twice a day until the scab is gone
- Don't Shave the tattoo until it's fully healed. If you shave around it, don't let the shaving cream or hair irritate or infect the tattoo.
- Do not cover the tattoo after the initial cover the artist applied after you had the tattoo done. Tattoos need air to heal, and plastic wrap or gauze will only suffocate the tattoo and prolong healing. When sleeping at night, simply avoid laying on the tattoo, and if you are worried about ink coming off lay a towel down underneath you to prevent the tattoo from becoming stuck to your bedsheets.
- Using a cold gel pack is always a good alternative to the traditional ice pack.
- Running an itchy tattoo under hot water for a minute will provide about 3-4 hours of comfort, allowing you to fall asleep without the irritation keeping you up at night.
- Don't wash your new tattoo with hot water. Hot water opens up skin pores and will likely hurt your sensitive skin.
- After healing process is done still apply tattoo goo periodically especially if you have a coloured tattoo to enhance and protect the color.
- Avoid fluffy clothing as the fluff can get into your scabs and cause infection.
- Cold can help get rid of the itch. Gently rest an ice pack on the tattoo.
- Avoid using saunas and steam rooms while your tattoo is healing, as the moisture may draw pigment from the skin.
- Bepanthen (commonly used on baby's nappy rash) is a good ointment to put on to help heal and stop itching of your tattoo.
- Products containing grapeseed oil, shea butter, calendula, and helichrysum are beneficial to the skin in genera, and may help speed the healing process.
- The best ointment to use on your tattoo is Aquaphor.
- Wrap the tattoo for the first 3 nights before you sleep- dirt fluff and bacteria can enter tattoos if they are unprotected during sleep. They can air out during the day.
- Bactine spray helps wonders with a sore itchy tattoo!!
- Don't leave your bandage on for more than 30 minutes. It'll cause you to sweat in the area and you will sweat out some of the ink, leaving you with a blotchy tattoo.
WHAT TO AVOID
- Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo
- Avoid soaking the tattoo
- Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight
- Avoid tight-fitting clothes
- Avoid working out
- Avoid swelling
- Do not leave the bandage/plastic wrap on for more than six hours. These keep in the heat and as the tattoo is weeping it can start to cause bacteria build up, leading to infection.
- Disease and viruses may be spread through the tattoo process when a dirty needle is used. This is why it is important to find a reputable shop. Remember, you will get what you pay for.
- Even after your tattoo has healed, it may feel a little bumpy. This is because the ink still needs to "settle." This usually takes about four weeks.
- Do not use products like Neosporin. They are not for puncture wounds (and remember, your tattoo is just thousands of little puncture wounds). This will cause the skin under and around your tattoo to heal too quickly.