Tattoo Aftercare Advice
LEAVE IT ALONE
Our studio uses two types of protective film which needs to be left on for a certain amount of time depending on the type chosen by your tattoo artist.
- For second skin leave on for 2/3 days
- For plastic wrap leave on for 3/4 hours
Once removed, start with the after care routine.
GET THE SECOND SKIN OFF
We recommend removing the second skin off carefully under lukewarm water.
From that point you can start the after care routine.
If the second skin film comes off before 3 days, do not worry, just start with the following aftercare.
KEEP THE TATTOOED SKIN CLEAN
Always wash your hands before
touching your tattoo. Use a PH neutral soap without perfume and alcohol.
Clean the newly tattooed skin gently, and rinse well, tap dry the tattoo with paper towels.
NOURISH YOUR SKIN
Apply a tattoo cream to the tattooed skin after washing and drying it,
1-2 times a day, every day for around 1 week-10 days, when the skin feels tight. Be careful not to over-moisturise it, as this can lead to infections.
AVOID SUN EXPOSURE
Keep the tattooed area out of the sun for at least a few weeks.
Only once healed, use sunblock to protect it.
AVOID BEING SUBMERGED IN WATER
Avoid being submerged in common spaces of water such as the beach, pools, hot tubs or bath tubs as they can lead to infections.
CHOOSE CLOTHING CAREFULLY
Don't wear anything that might stick to the tattoo
or rub on it, it could irritate your skin.
ALLOW UP TO 3 WEEKS FOR HEALING
During the healing process, your tattoo will peel and itch.
It is normal, as your skin is rebuilding itself. Don't pick at the scabs or scratch it!
It increases the risk of infection and can damage the tattoo.
SPECIAL TATTOO PLACEMENT
Not all tattoos require film and sometimes the aftercare changes from the usual. Some of those placements include: Finger, Hands, Neck, Feet, Pubic Zone, Butt, Face and behind the Ear.
Paying special attention to your tattoo aftercare is especially important for tattoos, as it will allow it to heal quickly and keep it looking great for years to come.
If you got a hand tattoo we highly recommend taking a few days off. Also it’s extremely important to know that hands, fingers and feet tattoos fade faster and often require multiple touch-ups.
As for feet tattoos, consider what kind of shoes you normally wear, so that you can avoid frictioning and rubbing.
For face tattoos abstain from your daily face wash, moisturizer and whatever else you may use for your skincare, to avoid irritation and fading just use a PH neutral soap and tattoo cream only on the tattooed area.
After getting a neck tattoo, try not to move it a lot and avoid turtleneck shirts.
When you get a tattoo behind the ear, when washing your hair make sure to rinse well the shampoo as it's not great for the tattooed area.
For tattoos on the pubic zone or on the butt make sure to wear loose underwear (or if you can, do not wear any underwear at all) and loose fit clothes so that you can avoid frictioning and rubbing on the new tattoo.