How to take care of your new tattoo
We hope you have enjoyed getting inked , now lets make sure your new tattoo heals as best as possible. Read the short intro and follow these easy steps:
It takes around 4-6 weeks for your new tattoo to fully heal, although the top layer of your skin should be healed in around 2 weeks.
During this time your tattoo will be flaking , scabbing and it will most definitely be very itchy. Please, please, please - follow our guidelines to go thorugh the whole healing process as smoothly as possible.
SELF ADHESIVE FILM / SECOND SKIN BANDAGE:
If your tattoo is bandaged with a self-adhesive protection film, please keep the bandage on for about 3-4 days.
During this time, it is normal to see some fluid underneath the bandage – don't worry - it's your own plasma (if the bandage begins to leak badly, please carefully remove the bandage and follow the standard aftercare instructions listed below).
After 3-4 days, remove the self-adhesive film gently under warm running water. Take the film off trying to stretch it fromside to side rather than peeling it off like a Bandaid. Stretching the film allows the adhesive to come off the skin making the whole process painless, although it might be slightly uncomfortable.
Gently wash the tattoo with a mild, fragrance-free soap or warm water. At this point, your tattoo should be well into the healing process - you may use an unscented, non-greasy lotion (like Bepanthen) to keep the tattoo moisturized. DO NOT moisturize your tattoo with Vaseline – this does not let the skin and the new tattoo breathe.
STANDARD BANDAGE OR CLING FILM:
1. Leave the cling film on for around 2 to 3 hours or as instructed by your artist.
2. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap before touching your new tattoo.
After the bandage has been removed, gently wash your tattoo with warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap. Do not use anything abrasive to clean your new tattoo.
Rinse and pat dry with a disposable paper towel or let air dry.
Secure your tattoo with fresh cling film. Change and wash your tattoo it twice a day (morning and night) until your tattoo is completely healed. Regular showering is fine. Do not submerge the tattoo for an extended amount of time until it has healed - this includes baths and swimming.
Over the next few days the tattoo will become flaky, dry, and the skin will fell tight. Use a fragrance-free, non-greasy lotion 1-2 times a day sparingly. Rub lotion in until it is fully absorbed into your skin.
Do not over-moisturize. If a scab forms, it will be the color of the ink used. This does not mean the ink is going to fall out. Leave the scabs and let them fall off naturally.
Do not pick or scratch the area. The tattoo may appear dull until it has completely healed - this is normal and will go away after a few weeks. Wear loose fitting clothing over the area.
SOAPS TO USE
· Mild, fragrance-free soap
LOTIONS TO USE
· Non-greasy, fragrance-free, dye-free moisturizing lotion
· Do not use anything on the tattoo other than what is previously recommended.
· Do not pick, peel, or scratch your new tattoo.
·Do not under any circumstance use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, or cortisone on your new tattoo.
·Do not use sponges, washcloths, or anything abrasive while cleaning your tattoo. They harbor bacteria and may irritate or harm your tattoo.
· Do not let anyone touch your new tattoo.
·Do not swim in lakes, public tubs or pools for the time being . These all contain bacteria.
· Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. Especially on tanning beds. A high SPF sunscreen will protect the crispness/longevity of your tattoo in the future.
Remember to keep your tattoo out of the sun for the first four weeks of healing. When the tattoo is completely healed apply a good SPF sunscreen on the tattoo to prevent fading.
Enjoy your new tattoo! For any additional quiestions please give us a call on +447397867603 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org