Everything you need to know about caring for your new tattoo from us at Luna Ink in Newport. Check out our blog post on what to do, what to avoid and what to look out for to make sure you get the best result once you’re done at the tattoo studio.
So, you have your new tattoo, great! We hope your love it! But don’t forget that the process isn’t over yet, aftercare is an important step that shouldn’t be overlooked. The tattooist has done their part and now it is your responsibility to ensure that you get the best result from their hard work. It can be easy to forget, while admiring your new ink, that a tattoo is an open wound and should be treated as such to avoid infection. Following simple steps will ensure that it heals properly and you get the most from your new tattoo.
Remember to be patient! The healing process takes time, everyone’s body will react differently but surface healing usually takes around 2 to 3 weeks, during this time you should be particularly careful. It can then take up to three months for the lower layers of the skin to fully heal. While the surface heals, it is normal, as with any wound, to experience scabbing and redness, this is your body’s natural reaction. However, you should remain on the lookout for signs of infection, this can include, excessive redness and swelling that is hot to the touch and the tattoo producing pus. A high fever, nausea and body aches are also signs of infection that shouldn’t be ignored. These are uncommon occurrences and taking good care of your tattoo is the best way to prevent it.
Here at Luna Ink we recommend the following steps and will send you home with all of the information you need but check with your tattoo artist for what they recommend.
- Firstly, you will need any reputable commercial branded tattoo cream, it would be best to purchase this before attending your tattoo appointment but if not, buy this as soon as possible.
- Secondly, after 2-4 hours you can remove the cling film, ensure that you have washed your hands and then clean your new tattoo with lukewarm water, dab it gently with a paper towel to dry.
- Thirdly, apply a thin layer of tattoo cream, you should apply this up to three times a day.
There a number of things to avoid while your tattoo is healing, a more extensive list can be found here. But the important thing to remember is not to contaminate your new tattoo and interrupt its healing. So, allowing your tattoo to breathe, avoiding coming into contact with any foreign material and not picking or peeling any scabs that form are all among our recommendations.
And don’t forget that a new tattoo or an already healed one should always be protected from the sun as should the rest of your skin!