Tattoo Aftercare instructions.
Your skin has been hygienically applied with sterile equipment. To preserve a fresh unfaded result, it is essential to avoid infection during the healing period. Always wash your hands before applying cream or touching the new tattoo. Your new tattoo will take from 5 to 10 days to heal, the healing time is related to the amount of physical damage to the skin and moisture in the area. The skin must be moisturised and protected from the damaging UV rays of the sun.
After your skin art has been hygienically applied your artist will cover it with a dressing to protect the artwork until you get home. It is at this point that the initiation of scab formation occurs. Under the dressing, the weeping tattoo allows blood platelets to begin collecting on the surface of the skin. To prevent further formation of a scab it is necessary to remove the blood platelets. Remove dressing and wash the fresh tattoo (within 1 hour preferred) in warm running water (shower) using a mild soap like Dove. DO NOT use bar soap as it can contaminate and dry fresh tattoo. Using anti-bacterial soap is not recommended as the tattoo applied by a professional artist is done so using clean and aseptic techniques to avoid introduction of 'nasty' bacteria. The skin has a natural, friendly population of bacteria that actually help to protect the surface of the wound. Therefore, the use of an anti-bacterial product could kill any nasty bacteria if they were present, but it would also greatly reduce the natural bacteria population and leave skin without its primary defence mechanism. After washing rinse thoroughly. DO NOT USE a wash cloth or sponge. Pat dry. D0 NOT RUB OR SCRATCH. After drying wait 40-60 minutes to allow excess water in the tattoo to evaporate and inflammation to subside.
APPLY CREAM -
Apply your Aftercare. Always wash your hands before applying cream or touching the tattoo. Evenly apply the cream over the tattooed skin. use only as much cream as the skin will absorb. Rub cream in gently as this will help stimulate the skin and bring blood flow to the area which helps in the body's natural healing process. DO NOT leave a thick film on the surface. Most people experience a mild tingling sensation after the first few applications, this is quite normal. After 10 minutes or so, clothing will not stick to the tattoo. Apply cream 2 to 3 times a day or as necessary to keep tattoo slightly moist.
DO NOT allow skin to dry out. Wear clean clothes, avoid close fitting clothes as they may absorb cream and dry out the freshly tattooed skin. If you suffer from any allergies, seek advice from your GP and advise your body artist.
During healing process, avoid: Sunbathing, Chlorine, Soaking in a bath, Unwashed clothes, Touching with unwashed hands, Scratching, salt water, oral contact and swimming.