Everyone has their own way of caring for their new ink, but here are our recommended tips on how to keep it clean and lookng great!
Getting a new tattoo involves breaking the skin surface so there is always a potential risk for infection to occur afterwards. Your tattoo should initially be treated as any wound should, and it is important that this advise is followed so that the risk of infection can be minimised.
Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of your new tattoo, to reduce the risk of introducing bacteria to the area.
Always wash and dry your hands before applying ointment to the area.
Only wash your tattoo with a mild antibacterial soap and warm water and pat dry with a clean towel, do not rub your new tattoo as this could lead to ink being pulled out.
Once dry, apply a think layer of ointment to your tattoo (we recommend Butterluxe Balm!) Only use enough to make it shine, a little goes a long way, there should be just enough to keep the tattoo moist.
We recommend showering over bathing whilst the tattoo is still healing.
Ointment can be applied whenever the tattoo is feeling stiff or dry, but be aware of over moisturising. We advise 2 to 3 times a day.
Avoid scented lotions and petroleum based products, and never share skin products with other people.
It is perfectly normal to see small flakes of coloured skin falling off of your tattoo during healing, it is important to let this happen in it's own time and to not pick at the tattoo, as this could result in colour being pulled out of your tattoo.
Tattoos are itchy while healing, especially during the first week. Avoid scratching or picking at your new tattoo, also do not slap your tattoo to alleviate the itch as this can potentially lead to lines blowing out before your tattoo is fully healed.
Try to wear loose clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation to a new tattoo.
Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new tattoo is fully healed. Sun is bad for your tattoos, new and old. The best way to keep your tattoos looking bright is to make sure you use a good quality factor 50+ on them when you are out in the sun.
If you have any questions about aftercare then don't hesitate to contact us.