Getting a new tattoo is an exciting experience, but it’s important to take proper care of it to ensure it heals properly and looks great for years to come. The Tattoo Studio’s aftercare guide provides essential tips and advice on cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting your new tattoo. Whether you’re a first-time tattoo recipient or a seasoned pro, this guide is a must-read for anyone looking to keep their ink looking its best.
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Keep the bandage on for at least two hours.
After getting a new tattoo, it’s important to keep the bandage on for at least two hours to allow the skin to properly absorb the ink and prevent any bacteria from entering the wound. Once the two hours are up, carefully remove the bandage and gently wash the tattoo with warm water and mild soap. Avoid using any harsh or scented products, as they can irritate the skin and cause the tattoo to fade. After washing, pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel and apply a thin layer of unscented moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and prevent itching. Repeat this process 2-3 times a day for the first few weeks to ensure proper healing.
Gently wash the tattoo with mild soap and water.
After removing the bandage, it’s important to gently wash the tattoo with mild soap and warm water. Avoid using any harsh or scented products, as they can irritate the skin and cause the tattoo to fade. Use your fingertips to gently wash the tattoo, avoiding any scrubbing or rubbing. Rinse the tattoo thoroughly with warm water and pat it dry with a clean towel. This will help to remove any excess ink or blood and prevent any bacteria from entering the wound.
Apply a thin layer of ointment or lotion.
After washing and drying your new tattoo, it’s important to apply a thin layer of ointment or lotion to keep it moisturized and prevent it from drying out. Use a product specifically designed for tattoos, such as Aquaphor or Tattoo Goo, and apply a thin layer using clean hands or a clean cotton swab. Be sure not to over-apply, as too much ointment can clog pores and delay the healing process. Repeat this process 2-3 times a day for the first few days, and then switch to a fragrance-free, non-comedogenic lotion to keep your tattoo moisturized as it heals.
Avoid direct sunlight and soaking in water.
It’s important to avoid exposing your new tattoo to direct sunlight or soaking it in water for the first few weeks after getting it. Sunlight can cause the colors to fade, and water can soften the scabs, which can lead to infection or damage to the design. If you need to be outside, cover your tattoo with clothing or a bandage and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Avoid direct water pressure on the tattoo when showering, and keep it as dry as possible. Swimming, hot tubs, and baths should be avoided until the tattoo is fully healed.
Keep the tattoo clean and moisturized until it fully heals.
Proper aftercare is crucial for the healing process of your new tattoo. Keep the area clean by washing it gently with mild soap and warm water, then patting it dry with a clean towel. Avoid using harsh soaps or scrubbing the area, as this can damage the skin and cause scabbing. Apply a thin layer of fragrance-free, non-alcoholic moisturizer to the tattooed area several times daily to keep it hydrated and prevent itching. Be sure to follow these aftercare instructions until your tattoo is fully healed, which can take up to four weeks.
The Tattoo Studio method isn’t the only way.
If you have any questions about caring for your fresh ink, it is always a good idea to contact your tattooer or the shop where you had the work done.