This advice sheet is given as your written reminder for the aftercare of your new tattoo. Please follow the steps below:
Once your tattoo is exposed, wash it carefully with clean hands in cold water, gently applying the soap with your fingers (never use a cloth) to remove excess ink and fluids. Rinse with cold water, pat dry with a clean non fluffy paper towel or tissue.
Repeat this 2x daily. Do not over clean, it will dry the skin.
Lotion will prevent your tattoo from drying out. I recommend starting it after you removed the protective film. Always apply a small pea sized amount sparingly, 2 times a day. I recommend using Yayo Clear/Clean/Prime Aftercare Butter, it's 100% natural, cruelty free, vegan friendly and made in the UK. You can grab one here .
I normally suggest in the morning and in the evening.
Go easy! Less is more here - too much lotion prevents the skin/tattoo from breathing and can cause problems with your heal.
EMBRACE THE SHEDDING
After 5-14 days, your tattoo may start to peel and scab. This is normal - very much like your body would react to a sunburn.
Do not pick or peel the skin away.
Let it fall off naturally during washing. Fresh skin will soon replace the dead skin. Colours may fade during the process, but will return when healing is completed.
If you notice small gaps or inconsistencies in your tattoo after it heals I offer 1 free touch up within 1 year of your tattoo.
Getting a new tattoo involves breaking the skin surface so there is always a potential risk for infection to occur afterwards. During the healing process of approximately 2-3 weeks it is important to ensure below:
-Stick to quick showers, avoid swimming, saunas, dirty water until your tattoo is fully healed.
-Avoid sun for at least 3 weeks, sun rays kill skin cells causing ink loss. This may cause the ink to blur or lighten your tattoo.Always use sunblock once your tattoo is healed (at least SPF-30 sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection).
-Do not use skin products on the treated area that have not been recommended by your operator or are not intended for open wound healing.
If you have any problems/queries, contact me initially. I may refer you onto your GP if there are signs of adverse reaction/infection but it's very rare.
Failure to follow the above aftercare instructions may result in loss of colour, fading, or infection. Look after your tattoo well during the healing process and you can be sure of maintaining the best result and a tattoo you can be proud of for the rest of your life.