How to care for a new tattoo
The initial healing period especially the first days or week are the most important for your new tattoo, so make sure to take proper care of it. We've recommended some steps that should see your tattoo healing very nicely!
Follow the instructions provided by your tattoo artist and remove your wrap within 2-5 hours unless otherwise advised. Always, make sure you wash your hand first whenever touching your tattoo during the healing period.
- Try not to disturb your new tattoo while removing the bandage.
- Cleanse your new tattoo without the use of loofah's or sponges that can harbor bacteria, scratch your new tattoo, irritate it or remove ink.
- Wash using a mild gentle soap, preferably free from sodium laureth sulphate and sodium lauryl sulphate as these ingredients which make products foam, can be harsh on the skin. Avoid parabens, alcohol, gluten and other known synthetic irritants and opt for products that contain calming, soothing plant extracts.
- Pat it dry using a clean sterile cloth.
- Lightly apply your Tattoo Care in the thin layer
- Do not re-apply a bandage
- Repeat 4-6 times a day or as needed
- On the first night, your tattoo may weep so place a clean sterile soft cloth or soft towel under it.
During the healing period;
- You may notice some peeling and a little scabbing which may cause you to itch. Do not pick, scratch your new tattoo while it's healing. Re-apply your tattoo care to keep your skin comfortable and moisturized as needed.
- Avoid tight clothing that won’t rub or irritate your tattoo
- Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight and avoid sunscreens that usually contain irritants
- Avoid baths, saunas, swimming until your tattoo has healed
- Remember size matters, the bigger the tattoo, the longer it will take to heal. Small tattoos usually heal in 2 weeks but large tattoos can take up to 8 weeks or more depending on your health and how you care for it.
- Avoid sweaty gym workouts and rest for at least 48 hours after
- Avoid alcohol before and after as it thins the blood and slows down the healing process and it can cause a bloody mess during tattooing and spoil your ink even before it's completed.
- Eat healthy to help your body recover faster
- Keep you tattoo looking sharp, bright and fresh by applying Tattoo Care regularly and avoid direct sunlight without a sunscreen. If you have exposed your tattoo to excessive sun then apply Tattoo Care to help repair damage.
If you notice any unusual symptoms or changes, like excessive swelling, redness, discharge or fever make sure you contact your tattoo artist or health care professional as soon as possible.