So you finally decided on an awesome design, picked a talented artist and got yourself a tattoo. But your tattoo journey isn't over yet. In fact, perhaps the most important part has just started — aftercare. Here's how to care for your new tattoo, according to WebMD.
How to care for a tattoo
- Ask your tattoo artist to cover your new tattoo with petroleum jelly and a bandage.
- Listen to your tattoo artist on how long to keep your bandage on.
- Usually after one day, remove the bandage and gently wash the area with antimicrobial soap and water. Pat dry.
- Apply antibacterial lotion two times a day.
- Wash your tattoo several times each day with soap and water before gently patting it dry.
- Continue to apply moisturizer after you clean and dry the tattoo.
- Repeat this process for two to four weeks after getting your tattoo.
Tips and tricks
- Avoid tight clothes that will stick to your tattoo.
- Avoid swimming or staying out in the sun for two weeks.
- Avoid hot water, which may hurt and fade your ink. Instead, take a cool shower.
- Always put sunscreen on your tattoo to keep the colors vibrant. Aim for sunscreen that is SPF 45 or higher.
- Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
- If your tattoo scabs, remember that this is usually normal. Just don’t pick at it, scratch it or peel it.
- If you think your tattoo is infected, go see your doctor.
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