What to Expect and How to Care for Your New Tattoo

What to Expect and How to Care for Your New Tattoo

Congratulations on your new tattoo! Now that you have your fresh ink, it's important to know how to properly care for it during the healing process. This guide will walk you through the stages of healing and provide essential tips to ensure a speedy recovery and vibrant, long-lasting results. Let's dive in!

Stage One (Days 1-6): During the first week, your tattoo will undergo significant changes as your body initiates the healing process. 

  1. Leave the Initial Wrap: Your tattoo artist may have applied a cling wrap or tattoo bandage (such as the FlexiSkin tattoo bandage) to protect your fresh ink. It is essential to follow their instructions regarding the duration of leaving it on. Generally, it is recommended to keep the wrap on for at least 12-24 hours. This protective covering prevents dirt and bacteria from entering the tattooed area.

  2. Oozing and Swelling: In the initial days, it's normal for your tattoo to ooze blood, plasma, and ink. This is your body's natural response to the trauma caused by the tattooing process. Additionally, some swelling and redness around the tattoo are common. These symptoms should gradually improve each day.

  3. Cleansing and Moisturising: Once you have taken the intial wrap/bandage off, proper cleansing is vital for maintaining a healthy healing environment for your tattoo. Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser such as the Soothing Foaming Tattoo Wash to wash the tattooed area two to five times a day. Gently lather the cleanser and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Pat dry the tattoo with a clean towel or a disposable paper towel. Avoid using regular towels that may harbour bacteria or irritants.

  4. Avoid Exfoliation: During this stage, it's crucial to avoid exfoliating products or harsh scrubbing. Exfoliation can damage the delicate healing skin and interfere with the formation of healthy new skin cells. Allow your body's natural exfoliation process to occur without intervention.

Stage Two (Days 7-14): As you enter the second week, your tattoo will transition into the next phase of healing. 

  1. Itching and Flaking: You may experience itching and flaking as your skin begins to regenerate. It's important to resist the urge to scratch or pick at your tattoo, as this can disrupt the healing process and potentially lead to infection. Instead, gently pat or slap the area to alleviate the itchiness without causing harm.

  2. Moisturise Regularly: After cleansing, apply a thin layer of tattoo-specific ointment such as the Premium Tattoo Aftercare Balm or a fragrance-free, non-comedogenic moisturiser to the tattooed area. Gently massage the ointment into the skin to keep it hydrated and supple. Proper moisturisation helps prevent dryness, which can lead to itching and the formation of scabs.

Stage Three (Days 15-30): By the third week, your tattoo will appear fully healed on the surface. However, the deeper layers of skin are still undergoing repair. Here's what you should continue to do during this stage:

  1. Maintain Care Routine: Although your tattoo may look healed, it's important to continue caring for it as you did in the previous stages. Consistently cleanse the tattooed area using a mild cleanser and moisturise it with a suitable product. We recommend Nourish, a daily tattoo moisturising lotion. This ongoing care supports the deeper layers of skin as they repair and regenerate.

  2. Sun Protection: Direct sunlight can be detrimental to the vibrancy and longevity of your tattoo. Protect it from harmful UV rays by avoiding prolonged sun exposure, especially during peak hours. If you need to be in the sun, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF specifically designed for tattoos. 


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