How to care for your new tattoo
What you need:
Orange Dial Antibacterial Soap
SPF 35 or higher sunblock
After you leave the tattoo shop, leave your wrapping or bandage on for about an hour. Wash your tattoo with the Dial soap, your fingertips (no washcloths) and the warmest water you can stand. You don’t need to scrub it, just get any sliminess off. After washing you can pat dry with a clean paper towel or let air dry.
Apply an extremely thin amount of Aquaphor on it. A little goes a long way! Rub it in like lotion until your tattoo feels moist. If it’s shiny or drippy you have too much on, blot off excess with a clean paper towel. Wrap your tattoo with plastic wrap for the first night, following day and second night. You want to be sure to change the wrap 3 times a day, or about every 8 hours. Each time you change the wrap wash the tattoo and apply Aquaphor. Never use anything to cover your tattoo other than plastic wrap, no gauze or bandages. The third day continue to wash and use Aquaphor – 3 times a day, but the wrapping is no longer necessary.
NOTE: Not all tattoos require wrapping. This tattoo aftercare is more for large, heavily, developed pieces. Go off what your artist says or ask if you’re unsure.
The 4th day on, you will wash your piece once or twice a day substituting Aveeno lotion for Aquaphor. Use a small amount of lotion, only enough needed to keep your piece feeling loose. 4 or 5 days into the healing process your tattoo will peel just like a sunburn. Don’t panic this is normal. Continue to use your lotion on the piece until the shiny, stretchy look goes away, about a week and a half or so.
Don’t soak your tattoo or keep it submerged. Showers are fine. Pools, hot tubs, lakes and oceans need to be avoided for 2 weeks.
Don’t expose your tattoo to sunlight for any long periods of time for the first 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks apply sunblock to your piece if you’re going to expose it to the sun for any long amounts of time. This will save your color!
Don’t touch or let anyone touch your piece with their hands! Make sure your hands are clean before applying ointment or lotion. Don’t scratch your tattoo during the healing process no matter how bad it itches. If it’s itchy you can GENTLY slap it for relief.
Don’t overcare for your tattoo. You can wash a tattoo too much, you can apply too much lotion or apply it too many times per day. Don’t pick at loose skin or scabs. Remember a tattoo is skin trauma and your body knows how to heal itself. Just keep it clean and moist and let your body do the rest!