Getting a tattoo is always a cool thing, but taking good care of a healing tattoo can be a serious job. Did you know that how you’re going to do it will affect how the tattoo looks for the rest of your life? You may not want solid black tattoo removal sooner.
Before anything else, take note that the first 48 hours are the most critical in the healing process. It is very important to do the following.
- Keep the new tattoo bandaged.
Once the tattooing is done, your tattoo artist will place a bandage over the tattoo. The purpose of this bandage is to protect it from dirt and other foreign objects. It protects your clothes from stains too. It is advisable to keep the bandage overnight. However, tattoos located on some parts of the body, like the chest can be hard to keep a bandage on, as it will fall off with your body movements so you might want to re-tape the bandage.
- Ensure your tattoo is clean.
Once you have decided to remove the bandage, clean your tattoo. Wash off the color slime that has oozed out of your skin along with a little blood. You can use a mild soap and water.
- Cover your tattoo with a piece of plastic wrap.
After you wash your tattoo for the first time, cover it with a piece of plastic wrap to protect the tattoo from getting irritated by anything that could rub up against it. You may also want to stay away from your pets for a while.
- Avoid scratching.
During the healing process, it is normal for your new tattoo to cause itch. Don’t scratch it. The best way to avoid a very itchy tattoo is to moisturize it properly throughout the healing process. In case the itch becomes unbearable, it is a better idea to just slap your skin.
- Keep a new tattoo out of the sun for three weeks to a month.
As much as possible, avoid staying outdoors. If you can’t, wear long clothing that can cover your new tattoo. You should also put an SPF-45 sunblock. It is usually a better idea to get tattooed in the fall or winter so you don’t have to worry about the missed opportunity to hit the beach. Just like tattoo removal aftercare, you should also observe aftercare for a new tattoo.