Tattoos are now amongst the most popular way for a person to declare his or her self-expression or life taste. This art of body ink has a long history with many developments over the time and different tastes, as well as different styles and methods in different cultures. Choosing an appropriate tattoo artist is important to have a proud and attractive tattoo on your body. However, taking care of the tattoo is also important, as you definite never want your tattoo to fade over time, or even worse, your skin to itch and get infected from the tattoo. Not many people know how to take care of a tattoo correctly, thus getting their tattoo ruined over time or their skin infected. We make this article to help provide the correct and safe method for taking care of your body ink art.
We will be discussing the steps for taking care of a tattoo in general, i.e. for the long run, and also taking care of a new tattoo for the first several weeks after it gets inked on your body. The steps are very simple and easy, and they guarantee that your tattoo will look cool and new all the time, and that your skin is safely protected from any kind of infection or damage.
Easy Steps To Take Care Of A Tattoo
For the first days
Step 1: Listen to your tattoo artists. They work in the fields. They have experienced hundreds of tattoos, so they know best what is necessary to take care of the newly inked tattoo and your skin. Listen to their advice and follow their instructions. Different artists have different taste and methods, but all are advised to protect you.
Step 2: Apply a bandage on the tattoo. Different tattoo artists have different ideas about the type of bandage to use and how long you should keep the bandage over your skin. Follow their instructions. The bandage will protect the skin while providing the best conditions for the skin to heal.
Step 3: After the bandage period is over. It’s time to remove it and give your skin more air to heal. Wash your hand thoroughly as you don’t want to get bacteria on the soft young skin. Carefully peel the bandage off your body. Be careful or you will rip the skin and damage your tattoo. If the bandage is sticky, apply a little warm water to soften it. Once the bandage is removed, you never need to wear it on again.
Step 4: Gently wash the tattoo with warm water and mild soap. Extreme temperature may damage your skin forever, so room temperature or warm water is the best. Use your fingers to apply the mild soap on the skin and wash it gently. Don’t play it too rough.
Step 5: Pat dry the skin with paper towel. Only pat, don’t scrub or wipe, just pat it until it dries. Paper towel is softer and cleaner than cloth towel, so they are ideal at this stage. Let the tattoo and the skin breathe fresh air for several minutes.
Step 6: Apply some ointment or lotion to soften and moisten the skin. Use enough to just cover the tattooed skin. Use your fingers to spread ointment and massage that skin area. Avoid products containing aloe vera, alcohol, cortisone.
For weeks later and later on
Step 1: Wash your skin and tattoo daily with warm water and mild soap for the first 2 weeks. After the skin is fully healed and the tattoo is sealed, you can wash it any way you like.
Step 2: Apply ointment/ lotion daily to keep the skin moist and soft.
Step 3: Avoid direct sunlight for the first month. After that, you can apply sunscreen to go under the sun. Remember that direct sunlight with high UV level is very bad for your skin, let alone your tattooed skin.
Step 4: Avoid soaking your skin and stay away from swimming for a month. Soaking may cause the skin to become soggy and the tattoo may fade away. Chemicals in a swimming pool are very bad for young tattooed skin.
Step 5: Wear loose clothes. Tight clothes may touch the tattooed skin and infect the area with bacteria. Also loose clothes provide air for the skin to breathe and heal.
Step 6: Don’t scrub, scratch or pick at the tattoo. Of course it will get very itchy, and scratching the skin only makes the situation even worse. Just let the itch go. And drink lots of water.
How to Care for a New Tattoo
Step 1: Follow your tattoo artists. New tattoos are very sensitive to touch, weather, water, etc. So listen to the tattoo artist and follow exactly what you are told. The artists know their services, so they know how to take care of the tattoo and your skin.
Step 2: Apply a high-quality bandage over the tattooed skin to protect the skin from getting touched or damaged and allow the skin to heal. Which type of bandage to use, how to apply it to the skin and for how long will be instructed by the tattoo artist.
Step 3: Remove the bandage with extreme care. Be careful at this stage because otherwise you will damage your skin and completely ruin your tattoo. Remove the bandage gently, slowly and carefully.
Step 4: Wash it with mild soap and warm water. Again be very careful. Your skin and a new tattoo are still very sensitive and vulnerable. Use mild soap with warm water, and use your fingers gently to massage and wash it.
Step 5: Pat dry with paper towel. Only pat the skin, no scrub or wipe. Pat it with clean paper towel until it dries and let the skin and your new tattoo breathe some fresh air for a few minutes.
Step 6: Apply ointment/lotion (without aloe vera, alcohol or cortisone) to soften and moisten the skin. It also protects the skin from getting too dehydrated.
Step 7: Continue step 4 to step 6 several times a day for a few weeks. If you follow the instructions correctly and thoroughly, your skin may be fully healed in just 5-6 weeks.
Step 8: Avoid from soaking, exposing to direct sunlight, scratching, picking, tight clothes, sweat. These are very harmful to your new tattoo. If you want your skin to heal quickly then you need to stay away from these factors completely.
Following these steps for the aftercare of your tattoo, you will be on the correct way to extend the longevity of your tattoo to the maximum and protect your skin from unwanted damage. Your skin will be in the best conditions for the tattoo and will not give you much trouble such as itch, infection, swelling, etc. Knowing exactly how to take care of a new tattoo, or a tattoo, in general, is crucial to give yourself an attractive and proud tattoo that lasts long and looks new all the time, as well as give your skin the best protection. These steps are advised and recommended by artists and professionals in body ink art.