- If plastic wrap bandage, leave on minimum two hours, maximum overnight. If Saniderm, leave on maximum 24 hours.
- If your bandage is falling off, do not re-bandage. Remove the bandage and wash with non scented anti-bacterial soap as soon as you can in a clean, private bathroom.
- Wash your hands before removing your bandage, then wash off your tattoo really well using gentle circles with a liquid, non-scented, anti-bacterial, soap, like liquid Dial, or a non-scented, castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. Make sure to remove all of the Vaseline, blood, plasma, and ink off of your new tattoo. You may have to wash a few times.
- If you remove the wrap before bed, wear clean, breathable clothing that covers it to sleep in. This is ESPECIALLY important if you share a bed with fur babies, as they can carry staph on their fur. Clean bed sheets are also a must if you cannot sleep with the tattoo covered.
- Let air dry or pat dry with CLEAN paper towels. DO NOT USE BATH OR HAND TOWELS.
- After your tattoo dries out and the skin feels tight or it starts to scab or flake, you can begin to apply a THIN later of unscented lotion, such as Lubriderm, Curel, Aquaphor, Eucerine, CeraVe. Apply just enough to keep it moisturized — don’t overdo it! If your tattoo is oozing, you are putting too much on. Use as needed.
- Your tattoo will be healed in 1-4 weeks, depending on the design, placement, and your body.
- Soak in a tub, hot tub, or swimming pool during healing. No saunas either. Showers are fine.
- Let your tattoo sit in the sun while healing. Use of sunscreen is HIGHLY recommended after healing to help keep your colors from breaking down overtime from UV exposure. Think of those posters from the 90’s you see sun-bleached at the dry cleaners. You don’t want that to happen to your tattoo!
- Touch your tattoo for the first couple days of healing except to wash it or apply moisturizer Always apply moisturizer with CLEAN HANDS.
- Pick at your scabs, or scratch at your tattoo. Itching is normal. Pat it or apply some moisturizer to help with the itching,
- Wear clothes that rub on the tattoo while it is healing, especially elastic bands or bra straps that rub. Denim on bare skin is also especially harsh, as are heavy boots.
- Sweat excessively in non-breathable clothing. If this is unavoidable for you, discuss it with your artist. Working out is okay, but be sure to do it with breathable clothing.