As a resource to my clients, here is a brief outline of how to care for your new tattoo. Bear in mind that the following aftercare is generalized, and that I might word things slightly different in the studio. but the fundamentals are the same. Be sure to follow the advice of ONLY your artist or doctor.
-Always wash your hands using a mild soap before touching your tattoo.
-Remove the bandage applied by the artist the morning after your appointment. Be sure you are in a clean, familiar place.
-Immediately wash your tattoo, using a mild soap.
-Wash your tattoo firmly using only your open hand. DO NOT scrub. Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean, disposable paper towel.
-Allow tattoo to air dry.
-Wash the tattoo area 2-3 times daily (or as needed), using soap and water to create a lather to remove discharge. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
-I usually advise ONLY washing your tattoo for the first 24-48 hours. As your tattoo will most likely still be discharging at that point, moisturizing would be unnecessary.
-Once the tattoo begins to feel dry and tight (usually around day 3) apply a very thin coat of fragrance free, unmedicated, mild lotion. Be sure to wash your hands before applying the lotion.
-Gently rub in lotion until fully absorbed. There should be no heavy gobs, or glossy appearance from the lotion.
- Apply lotion as needed throughout the day to prevent the tattoo from drying out. Apply small amounts whenever the tattoo feels overtly itchy or tight.
-Do NOT over-saturate or smother your tattoo with aftercare product. This may lead to complications and prolong your healing time
-If scabs form, allow them to fall of in their own time. DON'T PICK!
-Avoid gyms, swimming, soaking under water, saunas and sun exposure for 2-4 weeks after your appointment.
-Should you have any questions or concerns, contact me! I'm here to help.