Congrats on your new tattoo! This is how to keep it looking brand new:
Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours.
Wash and Treat
After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood, and/or plasma to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool.
Once the area is completely cleaned, pat (DO NOT RUB) the area firmly with a clean towel or paper towel to get it completely dry.
Follow with a very light application of your choice of antibacterial ointment.
Use the products as directed and continue for 3-5 days.
We recommend Love Life Tattoo Aftercare.
Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming
Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It’s OK to get your tattoo wet- just don’t soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you’ll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don’t saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming – whether it be a pool, fresh water, or salt water – should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
Scabbing or Peeling
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. The advice here is don’t pick and don’t scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!
Protection from the Sun
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Sunscreen and protective clothing will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years!