“Less is More”

When it comes to tattoo aftercare. The more attention you give it and the more products you put on it, the harder it will be for your body to go through its natural healing process.

You just want to keep it clean and let it do its thing. That’s it.

Keep it clean by washing it two times a day especially the first three days, and let it dry out. Starting on the third day when it starts to peel or seems really dry then you can start using a tiny amount of fragrance free lotion on it once a day if you need to.

Below is a more detailed breakdown of aftercare and things to avoid.

Day 1

About 2 hours after your tattoo take of your bandage and give it a good wash in warm soapy water (any soap is fine, it may sting a bit but that’s normal, try to stay away from heavily fragranced products)

Day 2

Wash your tattoo 2 times a day, once in the morning and once again at night, assuming that nothing “dirty” that could possible cause and infection has touched your tattoo throughout the day (if this happens wash your tattoo with warm, soapy water as soon as possible) and pat dry with a clean towel.

Day 3

You may notice a light scab form over your new tattoo and small light flecks may start falling off at this point, this is perfectly normal, it’s just dead skin and your wonderful art will still be there after your body has finished healing! At this point if you feel your tattoo is uncomfortably dry you can add a small amount of a fragrance free white lotion to it once a day.

Things to Avoid Until Tattoo is Completely Healed (at least 3 to 4 weeks approx.)

Avoid soaking your tattoo, normal showers are totally fine! Your just want to avoid baths, hot tubs or swimming of any kind where your tattoo is submerged in water for an extended period of time. Chlorine is especially bad for new tattoos.

Avoid direct sunlight, especially in the summer months. The sun will act as a very slower laser removal agent for your new tattoo and will cause a lot of damage and fading! If you need to be in the sun during healing wear a very light cotton fabric over you tattoo to provide some protection. And absolutely no sunblock on a healing tattoo but AFTER it is all healed up sunblock is very important and will really help to preserve the colour of your tattoos!

Do not pick or scratch your tattoo during healing as you could pull out some of the ink or cause an infection!

Do not let anyone touch your healing tattoo as this will introduce foreign bacteria to it and possibly cause infection! “Look with your eyes not your hands!”

It is perfectly normal for a tattoo to be swollen and red for the first few days, elevate the area when and if possible to help if there is a lot of discomfort.

If you feel as though your tattoo is not healing properly always feel free to contact us or your physician for guidance, please do not listen to the advice of friends or family as they are not medical professionals.

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