Good tattoo after care can prevent dull uneven coloring and loss of detail, so if you are thinking of getting a tattoo, or already have one and need advice on how to take care of a new tattoo, here is all you need to know.
Tattoo home care starts before getting your new artwork.
Make sure to rest well and get a good night’s sleep the day before going for your tattoo, also make sure to eat a proper meal +/- 2 hours before going for your tattoo as sitting down for a long tattooing session has the same effect as heavy activity.
Do not drink alcohol or aspirin before getting tattooed as this will lead to excessive bleeding.
Ensure that you have someone to drive you home afterwards as you may feel a little fuzzy-headed from the endorphin rush.
Care for your tattoo is now solely in your hands once you leave the tattoo artists shop, so listen closely to what your tattoo artist says concerning tattoo after care instructions.
Your artist covered your tattoo for a reason so don’t be tempted to take a sneak peak, leave your tattoo covered for a minimum of 2 hours or as instructed by your artist. However if the artist used a plastic type material to cover your art take it off immediately as this prevents the wound from bereaving.
After removing your covering, wash with a mild liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap.
Use your fingers to gently clean of any blood, leftover ink, ointment and plasma.
Do not use a washcloth or scrub your tattoo, after washing gently pat your tattoo dry with a soft material towel or paper towel.
Remember to always wash your hands before and after touching your tattoo or the surrounding areas.
In order to achieve proper care for tattoos you need the right ointment and creams.
Choose a light easy absorbed antibacterial ointment that does not contain lanolin or petroleum.
You can also use specialized products like tattoo goo, H2Ocean or natural tattoo care products like Alteya or Dr. Bronner’s.
Apply a thin layer of ointment twice a day and dab off any access ointment for 3-5 days. After that time period you can apply a thin layer of cream twice a day until your tattoo is healed completely +/- 10 days to a week.
Use a non greasy, natural, unscented and uncolored cream for care of a new tattoo.
If the tattoo shows thick scabs it means proper tattoo care was not taken or that the tattoo was not properly inked which means you might need touch ups after it has healed.
If proper care for tattoo is taken you should only have a thin layer of scabs that will peel like sunburn. Don’t worry if scabs are colored, that’s normal.
Your tattoo will itch, that’s a good sign as it shows that it’s healing, don’t scratch or pick at your scabs this will only lead to you scratching out the ink and will leave you with a blotchy tattoo, rather lightly pat the tattoo to relieve some itching.
You are allowed to bath and shower as long as you do not soak your tattoo. If shampoo or any other product accidentally falls on your tattoo, rinse off immediately. Remember to pat dry your tattoo.
Swimming and hot tubs are a big no no, as it will soak the scabs causing them to come off too early and therefore taking some ink with them, also public pools and hot tubs can introduce loads of germs and bacteria to the tattooed area and this can cause a nasty infection.
Last bit of after tattoo care is SUN BLOCK!!!!!
Don’t put sun bock on a healing tattoo this has no protection for your new tattoo and will only lead to a faded tattoo, rather stay out of the sun until it is healed.
Always apply a high level sun block not sun screen 30+.
Prolonged exposure to sun without protection will only lead to a dull, shapeless tattoo.
So remember, your tattoos outcome does not only depend on choosing a great artist, it’s also your responsibility to ensure proper tattoo care and aftercare.
By Zelda Behr
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