How to take good care of your new tattoo

After the tattoo is completed, tattoo artist will bandage the tattoo for you. Once when you back home, take the bandage off carefully and slowly, wash it with cool/lukewarm water (too hot will cause irritation to your skin, it can also fade the ink), and clean it by using mild liquid soap/non-perfumed soap). Pat it dry gently with a paper towel and let it dry for about 5-10 minutes. Remember, never scrub the tattoo with a towel or sponge. Then you should apply a thin layer of unscented moisturising cream or plain, unscented skin lotion such as Cetaphil, Aveeno, Curel, Eucerin, Lubriderm etc.


For the first day, we recommend you to cover the tattoo with clingfilm to sleep in order to prevent from sticking the bedsheets. This is generally for larger or solid-color tattoos. If your tattoo is just a small and simple one, just leave it open to the air.


From now on, you should wash the tattoo at least 2 times a day (morning and night), and apply lotion each time, or whenever the tattoo feels dry or tight. (Make sure your hand is clean before touching the tattoo)


In order to keep the tattoo clean and dry, and avoid soaking it in water, baths and swimming are not allow for at least a month. You should take a shower instead.


After a few days, your tattoo will scabs a bit or develops hard layers, don’t worry. It’s normal. The scab will begin to flake off later. DO NOT pick, peel or scratch at the scab, just keep it clean and moist and the scabs will fall off by themselves. Picking the scabs off will cause faded color and prone to have an infection more easily.


Avoid exposing to direct sunlight until the tattoo is fully healed.


Avoid wear tight clothing during the healing process.


Avoid workout, exercise too soon. During exercise, your skin pores will start to open, increasing the chance of ink seeping out through sweating.


Avoid drinking too much alcohol in the first two days. Alcohol can cause your blood to run thinner than usual. As your tattooed area is still oozing blood and plasma, alcohol can prevent scabs from properly forming as quickly as they should do, delaying healing and increasing the risk of infection.


An infected tattoo will be warm, tenderness, and painful when touching. The skin may also ooze pus or have rash. Do not hesitate to find your doctor.

When all the scabs fall off and the skin feels smooth again, the tattoo is healed. Sometimes you may notice a secondary shiny, raised or waxy coat over the tattoo, this is just another healing layer of the skin. Remember to keep moisturising your new tattoo continuously.


Always put sunscreen on your healed tattoo, especially coloured ones. Make sure it's covered with SPF 45 or higher. Wear SPF clothing can also help.



If you have any questions about the healing process, you are always welcome to contact us.

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