Caring for your tattoo

Caring for your tattoo

Caring for your tattoo

Caring for your tattoo is perhaps the most important factor when you initially have body inking done, but also for the long term.  When people get tattoos they are excited and can’t wait to see the final product. So they spend time selecting the perfect designs for their body art, on the size, the colours and the placement to make sure that it turns out just as they imagined it. However, the most important thing factor is how to care for the tattoo once it has been inked. Poor care of your tattoo increases the chance of infection which prevents the skin healing process.  The end result can be a less desirable looking tattoo:

Caring for your tattoo – professional advice

Assuming you are having your tattoo done by a professional tattoo artist, they should be in a good position to offer you best advice on how to care for it.  They can guide you on how to act until the skin is completely healed

Caring for your tattoo – general advice

There are a number of basic factors which you should adopt to the general care of your tattoo to permit proper healing.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – bandages

Allow the bandages to remain in place for a good few hours after the tattoo artist has finished his work.  So he will advise you on this, but the bandages allow any blood or secretions to be absorbed and taken away from the skin.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – washing

Caring for your tattoo
Caring for your tattoo

The use of gentle antibacterial soap with is unscented is recommended.  Wash the area often throughout the day to avoid infection.   This washing process should be continued for at about three weeks until the skin has completely healed. So strong antibacterial detergents and soaps should be avoided as they can delay the skin’s natural healing process.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – hydration

After washing the tattooed area, apply a special healing ointment to keep the area hydrated.  This can speed up the healing process and helps the body art to be in the best possible condition.  So later you can use other moisturisers of your choice.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – clothing

It is ill-advised to wear tight clothing over the area where you have the new tattoo. You don’t want the material to rub on the tattoo’s surface as it might become damaged.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – sleep position

Try to adopt a sleep position that limits the chance of rubbing against the tattoo as it can hinder the healing process.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – pools and the sea

It is best to avoid completely swimming pools, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, the sea and the ocean during the healing process.  The healing process can also be delayed with sun exposure and the area getting sweaty. So taking a shower should be brief and not too warm so that the tattoo is not damaged.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – picking and scratching

On no account should you pick, scratch or peal the tattooed area. So the secret is to let the body art heal as naturally to enjoy best results and colours of your tattoo.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – aftercare products

Buy the best tattoo aftercare creams and ointments that you can afford. Quality products reduce the risk of infection and inflammation of the tattooed area.  So they help repair and hydrate the skin and keep a tattoo looking great.