How to Care for a New Tattoo
Are you new to tattoos and just got your first ink job? Join us as we take you through steps which will help you take care of your new ink.
Having a new tattoo is great, the feeling is awesome! But without proper care, your body art could be ruined!
The following tips will help you care for your tattoo as a first timer.
Listen to your artist
The is the most important advice you can follow. Your tattoo artist is a professional and knows essential tips to make a tattoo heal faster. After tattoo care advice will differ from studio to studio. Sometimes, two artists in the same studio may have different ideas of how to take care of a tattoo wound to heal. You need to listen to and adhere to aftercare instructions from your artist. Some may give you a printed paper with the advice; endeavor to follow it through.
Remember to Wash
Most of the aftercare advice you are given prescribes that you leave the covering on your tattoo for at least 2 to 5 hours before you remove. Immediately after you remove the cover, wash the skin area with lukewarm water and a mild soup.
Use Only Moisturizing Cream Without Any Scent on The Area
After you wash, pat the skin area dry with a dry, clean and fluffy towel. The next thing to do is to apply a thin layer of unscented moisturizing cream. A good example is Bepanthen used for nappy rashes, but the artist may recommend a different one for you. You can either leave the area open or cover it with gauze. This will also depend on your artists’ suggestions, but most studios recommended you clean the tattooed area 3 to 5 times a day.
Keep It Dry
The area where you got the tattoo should always be kept clean and dry. Avoid soaking in water for at least a month. It is also advisable not to let your clothes rub on the skin surface. You can use gauze to cover this area.
Do Not Expose to Sunlight
As much as you can, avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Direct exposure can fade off tattoos especially the colored ones. Always make use of a sunscreen cream whenever you are going to be exposed to direct sunlight.
Wait for It to Heal
Just like any other wound on the skin, tattoos take time to heal. The time it takes for a tattoo wound to heal will depend on the size of the design. It takes several months for extensive designs to heal and weeks for smaller designs to heal completely. During the healing period, you need to continue with the aftercare instructions as long as it takes for it to heal correctly. Also, avoid abrasive skin products this period.
Do Not Scratch
As tattoo heals, you may feel the urge to scratch or pick the skin area. Do not pick or scratch even when it itches; instead, lightly tap the area. Scratching may result in bleeding, and the effect is that it will take a longer time to heal and you may be prone to infections too.