Is tattoo aftercare really that important? Learn how NOT TO destroy your fresh tattoo.
It is crucial to choose a competent and experienced tattooer who knows the anatomy of the skin and has excellent ink application methods.
Unfortunately choosing a great tattooer does not guarantee your tattoo is going to heal correctly.
The moment you leave a tattoo studio, it is mostly up to you how you are going to help your body in the tattoo healing process.
Even if tattooer does the best possible job, your tattoo can still be ruined by the bad aftercare practices.
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There are many schools of healing tattoos, even those that say that you don’t need to do anything to heal your tattoo. In a way, it is correct since the human body is a genius machine designed to self-repair and heal wounds (the fresh tattoo is a wound), but without any help, it is going to take our body much longer to deal with the damage.
The longer healing, the more and the bigger the chances of complications, therefore why not to help your body and provide it with the best possible aid in tattoo healing and aftercare?
Especially since you have already invested or going to spend a lot of time, money and pain into getting that fantastic tattoo.
We want to give you some tips and advises for proper tattoo aftercare; our information can be applied to any tattoo in any style, but please always listen to your tattooer. They know your skin, they saw it in person. They also know what works best for their tattooing style and method of ink application, therefore it is always good to follow their advise and contact them directly in case of any doubts.
Only a few years ago there was no specialised tattoo aftercare, but today we have a whole range of products designed to not only help your skin during the healing process but also to prepare your skin before the tattooing session. There are sunscreens to protect your tattoos from destructive sun exposure and everyday creams to help maintain vivid colours of the ink in your skin. So you can make sure that your tattoos heal and stay looking amazing for years to come.
So without further due let’s show you how to look after your new tattoo properly.
- Always wash hands before touching your tattoo
- 2. Remove a protective wrapping your tattooer secured your tattoo with
- 3. Rinse tattoo with warm water and apply a small amount of tattoo cleansing gel or foam
It is important to use ph neutral gels that don’t contain any ingredients like alcohol or perfume that could further irritate already suffering skin.
4. Massage the tattooed area making sure you remove all the residue of ink, blood, lymphatic liquid etc.
We know this may hurt a little but it is an essential step. If you managed pain caused by the tattooing, you would be ok with the pain during the proper cleaning procedure.
5. Rinse your tattoo with warm water
6. Dab dry it with a paper towel. Regular towels are reused and may carry bacteria, so it is better to use single-use paper towels (kitchen towels) to dry your tattoo gently. Don’t rub it - dab dry it.
7. Let your tattoo air dry for about 5min
8. Apply a SMALL amount of cream. It is hard to tell how much exactly as it depends on the size of the tattooed area, but MORE CREAM DOES NOT MEAN BETTER!
If you apply too much cream, you can ‘’suffocate’’ the skin which can lead to various complications.
For easier application put a small amount of the cream on three different fingers and apply a small amount of the cream from each finger in various spots around your tattoo. Gently massage the cream in leaving only a thin, transparent layer. Never leave a thick layer of the cream sitting on top of the skin.
9. If possible leave your tattoo ‘’breathing’’ without applying any plastic film. Apply film only when necessary. When you need to go to work and wear clothes that may stick to your tattoo or when you know it is likely to be in contact with dust, dirt, etc. (which we highly recommend avoiding)
Specialised, wound healing plastic wraps are ok, but it is a topic for another video.
10. Repeat the process 3-4 times a day for about two weeks.
In about two weeks your tattoo will be healed and ready to show off to the world!
But even then don’t forget about slowing tattoo ageing processes by applying every day tattoo care creams and protecting your ink from the sun!
More info on sun protection here