So, you’ve finally taken the plunge and gotten a fresh tattoo. Congrats! Whether this is your first tattoo or your fiftieth, it’s important to take proper care of your new ink to heal properly and look great for years to come.
Here are a few tattoo care tips to keep in mind.
Wash It Gently
You’ll want to wash your tattoo several times a day during the healing process—but be careful not to overdo it. Use warm water and mild, unscented soap, and wash the area gently with your hands (no scrubbing!). Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel.
Keep It Moisturized
After you’ve washed your tattoo, use clean hands to apply a small amount of fragrance-free lotion or ointment. A good rule of thumb is to use enough lotion or ointment to make the tattooed area shiny—you don’t want it to be too dry or too wet. Repeat this step 3-5 times daily for the first week or two of healing.
Don’t Pick at It
As tempting as it may be, resist the urge to pick at any scabs or flakes that form on your tattoo during healing. This can cause infection and lead to permanent damage. If you notice any crusting, simply wash the area gently with soap and water.
Try Not to Itch It
We promise you as your new ink heals, it will itch. Resist the urge to scratch it, as this can also cause damage and infection. Instead, try using a cold compress or moisturizing lotion to soothe the area.
Stay Out of the Sun
UV rays can cause fading, so keeping your new tattoo out of direct sunlight for at least the first few weeks of healing is essential. Once it’s healed, apply sunscreen when you spend extended periods outdoors.
Avoid Hot tubs and Pools, and Don’t Soak in the Bathtub!
The combination of heat and bacteria in these environments can lead to an infection, so it’s best to steer clear until your tattoo is completely healed (which usually takes 4-6 weeks). Here are some other things to avoid:
Healing takes time, so don’t expect your tattoo to be fully healed overnight. In the meantime, take care of it and follow these aftercare tips to ensure a beautiful, long-lasting result.
Then once it heals, set up an appointment to get your next tattoo! We’ll be here waiting. 😉
Taking proper care of your tattoo during the healing process is essential for maintaining its appearance for years to come. Following these simple aftercare instructions ensures that your new tattoo heals properly and looks great for years.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Here are some frequently asked questions about tattoo aftercare. If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask your tattoo artist or doctor.