You now have a beautiful, fresh tattoo!
The artist has taken great care in providing you with a sterile and clean tattoo. From this point on, it is your responsibility to take care of your tattoo so that it heals properly. It is important that you follow these guidelines thoroughly. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.
Here are the DO'S and DONT'S...
Wash and Treat in 2-4 hours:
Remove the bandage. Use lukewarm water and mild soap to wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. (If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.) Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry.
Lotion in 2-3 days:
it will start to get dry and flakey. This is the point you will need to apply a thin layer of lotion. If you prefer, you can use Tattoo Goo or Ever Ink lotion available at the studio as it is formulated especially for tattoo aftercare. It's not necessary, as long as the lotion you are using is dye & fragrance free. Use the products for 5-8 days. Be sure not to use the lotion before your skin gets dry, and flakey.
Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, Sun and Tanning
Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It's OK to get your tattoo wet - just don't soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you‘ll want to avoid those for 2 weeks. Showering is perfectly ﬁne as long as you don't soak your tattoo for too long. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, rinse & remove it quickly with water.
Swimming & Sun - whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water - should be avoided for at least 2 weeks. The sun will dry out your tattoo. do not put sun-screen on it for 2 weeks, lotion only. keep your new tattoo out of the tanning booth and out of the sun for 2 weeks. Applying sunscreen to your tattoo when in the sun after the healing time will help prolong the vibrancy of your tattoo, really keeping it out of the sun is always best!
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