How you care for your new tattoo can have a big effect on how quickly it heals and settles under the skin.
The below advice is not an exhaustive list, please follow your artist’s advice and – most importantly – follow your common sense as you usually would for an open wound.
Tattoos can heal at different rates, depending on the style, size and the location on your body. A heavily shaded or colour tattoo will take longer to heal than a delicate linework design for example.
- When your tattoo is finished, your artist will wrap your tattoo with a protective clingfilm dressing. Please keep this on for 2-3 hours
- When you remove the clingfilm, wash your tattoo with plain soap and water, being sure to be both gentle yet thorough
It is normal for excess tattoo ink and plasma to seep from the skin underneath the clingfilm, so please don’t be alarmed if the surface of your tattoo is covered by a sticky inky splodge before you wash it!
- After you have washed your tattoo, pat the area dry with kitchen roll and only re-wrap the tattoo with fresh clingfilm if you have been advised to do so by your artist
- Make sure to wear clean, loose clothing and do not soak your tattoo; baths, saunas and steam rooms are out until it is fully healed. Showers are fine, but submerging the tattoo for extended periods of time can draw the ink out, resulting in patchy healing
- Per your artist’s advice, you can begin applying a thin layer of cream up to 4 times a day until your tattoo is healed. Only a small amount of cream is required, do not over saturate the skin as it needs to breathe during the healing process
- We recommend Palmer’s Cocoa butter lotion which you can buy from our studio and is available from most pharmacies. Don’t apply anything to the tattoo other than recommended creams until it’s healed; this includes fake tan, perfumes and talcum powder
- Do not pick or scratch your tattoo. Any scab that forms will fall away when it is ready. Picking the tattoo will result in patchy healing
- Avoid direct sunlight. Going out and about is fine but keep the tattoo covered and out of the sun
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your healed tattoos as this will help to preserve the line work and colours of the tattoo for the years to come!
If you are unsure please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.