Once you leave the tattoo studio, it is your responsibility to look after your new tattoo. From this point on your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you fail to take care of it. Please follow these very important guidelines.
Keep it covered
Your artist has covered up your new tattoo for a god reason – to keep airborne bacteria from invading your wound. At the end of the day that is what your tattoo is, a wound. Open wounds are a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the plastic on for a minimum of two hours, don’t be tempted to take the plastic off to show your friends. If you are going to be in a dirty or dusty environment, it’s best to keep your tattoo covered with clothing until it is completely healed.
Keep it clean and treat it
After you remove the plastic, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and your hand to wipe away any ointment, blood and/or plasma until the area is completely clean and no longer feels slimy. DO NOT use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Let your tattoo airdry or pat it with a soft towel, DO NOT rub it dry, then start applying cream immediately, the only cream recommended is BEPANTHEN Nappy Care cream, you can find it at Inkafarma. Apply a small amount of cream four times a day or whenever the tattoo starts to feel dry. Always remember to apply it just before bed.
Bathing, showering, saunas, hot tubs and swimming
You can and you should shower with a new tattoo. It’s fine to get the tattoo wet, just don’t soak it. Submerging it underwater will cause serious damage, so avoid the bath or the hot tub for 2-3 weeks. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo remove it quickly with warm water. Swimming in the sea, pool or river and visiting the sauna should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
Scabbing and peeling
After a few days, you may notice some peeling and maybe a little scabbing. It is going to itch too. Make sure you don’t pick and don’t scratch, just leave it alone and let it heal naturally. Wear loose clothing to prevent scabs being pulled off.
Keep it out of the sun
You will always want to protect your tattoo from the sun, especially during the healing period. The sun’s UV rays can fade and damage a tattoo. Keep your tattoo covered for the 2-3 weeks and once healed, protect your tattoo with 30SPF or more sunblock.