So, you finally took the plunge and got yourself some fresh ink. Congrats! But wait, what's next? You've probably heard the horror stories about painful and messy healing processes. Don't worry, we're here to set the record straight and give you the lowdown on what to expect when it comes to your new tattoo healing.
Step 1: Keep it Clean
The first 48 hours are crucial in ensuring your tattoo heals properly.
It's essential to keep your new tattoo clean and covered to prevent bacteria from entering the open wound. After removing the initial bandage, wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and one of our Foam Washes or Tattoo Soaps. Don't soak your tattoo, and avoid hot showers or baths.
Step 2: Moisturise
Tattoos can become dry and itchy during the healing process. To prevent this, moisturise regularly with a fragrance-free lotion or ointment recommended by your tattoo artist. Be sure to checkout our extensive range or Tattoo Aftercare. You really can't go past Hustle Butter, Aquaphor or Ink Nurse.
Step 3: Say Goodbye to Sun and Swimming
Sun exposure can cause fading and discolouration, so keep your tattoo covered and out of direct sunlight for at least two weeks. Swimming pools, hot tubs, and lakes should also be avoided during this time to prevent bacteria from entering the open wound.
Step 4: Be Patient
The healing process can take anywhere from two to four weeks, so be patient. Your tattoo may appear dull, scabby, or even a little blurry at first, but don't worry – this is normal! As the skin heals, the colours will become more vivid, and the lines will become clearer.
Step 5: Follow Aftercare Instructions
Be sure to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist to ensure proper healing and to avoid any potential complications.
So there you have it, everyone – the honest and fun guide to the tattoo healing process. Remember, your new tattoo is an investment, so take care of it, and it will take care of you. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to reach out and ask. We're always here to help.