From the simplest designs to the most striking, tattoos are beautiful pieces of art on the skin that will accompany you forever. If you are considering getting a tattoo, you should know that, if you decide to do it, you have to take into account a series of cares to let your skin heal so you can show off your tattoo in a few days. Keep reading and make sure you follow all the advice we mentioned in this post.
Tattoo care during the first hours
It is very important that you take the necessary care during the first hours to avoid infections in your tattoo and for your skin to heal well.
First of all, we encourage you to find an expert tattoo artist to do your tattoo and to follow any recommendations he may have for you once you have been tattooed. All skins are different, so there is nothing better than a personalized care. However, here are some general recommendations:
Keep the bandage your tattooist has put on you for at least two hours
Remember that while your tattoo is freshly done, the tattooed skin will be sensitive to bacteria and infection. The bandage is there to protect your skin from bacterial agents and rubbing.
Be very careful when removing the bandage
Wash your hands with neutral soap first and remove the bandage from your tattoo. When you remove the bandage, you have to wash your tattoo for the first time. Use room temperature water and the same neutral soap for this. Carefully rub your hands over the tattooed area to clean it and then rinse with a little water. Don’t panic if you remove some ink, this is totally normal.
You can let your tattoo dry on its own, or you can dry it with an absorbent paper towel. If you choose the latter, don’t rub your tattoo dry. Just press the wipe a little bit on the skin and that’s it.
You don’t need to bandage again after this first wash.
Moisturizing and healing lotions
Once the skin area where you have the tattoo is dry, you have to moisturize it. Remember that when you get the tattoo, your skin will probably be irritated and swollen, so it will need some help to heal properly. This is why you must keep it hydrated.
There are specialized creams to help you with the healing process. Apply a thin layer of the cream that your tattooist has recommended on the tattooed area. This way you will let your skin breathe and avoid the formation of bacteria.
Tattoo care during the first days
You should know that not only should you take special care with your new tattoo during the first hours, care should be extended to at least the first two weeks.
Repeat the care of the first hours between three or four times a day. That is to say, wash your tattoo and apply healing cream with this frequency. While your skin is in the process of healing, it is very important that you continue using neutral soap and water at room temperature to avoid infections.
Some things may happen that can scare you, but don’t be afraid. If you see scabs starting to form on your tattoo, keep in mind that this is a vital part of the healing process, so it is totally normal. Let the scabs form and don’t look for ways to remove them or scratch them, as you will be exposing yourself to infections and damaging the tattoo. The scabs will come off when the skin heals.
What you should NOT do
-Avoid exposing your tattoo directly to the sun at all costs.
-Do not swim in swimming pools or on beaches until your skin is completely healed.
-Avoid exercising, as it may stretch the skin and damage your tattoo.
-Do not wear clothes that are tight over the area where you got the tattoo, because besides running the risk of further irritating your skin, you run the risk of damaging the tattoo.
-Do not re-sell your tattoo, your skin needs to breathe.
-Do not apply alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to the tattoo.
We encourage you to listen to your body if you feel something is not right during the healing process of your tattoo. If you see that the swelling has not diminished or it hurts too much even after a few days, we recommend you to visit a doctor, because this is not normal.
Finally, we want to remind you that skin care is of the utmost importance, whether you have a tattoo or not. Always protect your skin from the sun and keep it hydrated.
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