Tattoo After Care

The Basics

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO

  • Leave wrapping on over night, until the following morning.

  • Remove wrapping the morning after. Gently wash the area in the shower using an anti-bacterial soap.

  • Allow the tattoo to breath during the day. Only wrap during the day if you are in an unclean/vulnerable environment or work place.

  • Wrap the tattoo in cling wrap for the next 1-2 nights (do not moisturise before wrapping at night).

  • Begin moisturising using 'Palmers cocoa butter' 1-2 days after the tattoo session, when you feel the tattooed area is dry/tight.

  • Moisturise and clean the tattooed area regularly each day. Keep up with the moisturising for the next 3-6 weeks, until the tattoo feels fully healed and flat to the skin.

  • Do not itch, pick or peel the healing tattoo and keep out of the sun until fully healed.

  • Towards the end of healing, when the skin appears shiny, you can begin using coconut oil or bio oil to complete the healing process.

TOP TIPS

-USE A SIMPLE SOAP WITHOUT PERFUMES, ALCOHOL OR HARSH CHEMICALS.

I RECOMMEND THE BRANDS DOVE, SIMPLE, DETOL OR A GENERAL ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP.

 

-TAKE IBUPROFEN OR AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DURING THE FIRST 3 DAYS OF HEALING.

THIS WILL REDUCE SWELLING DRAMATICALLY AND ANY DISCOMFORT.

-I RECOMMEND USING 'PALMERS COCOA BUTTER' DURING THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF HEALING.

IF YOU DO HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN, THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND MOISTURISING WITH 'AVEENO' INSTEAD.

-TAKE STEAMY WARM SHOWERS DURING THE EARLY STAGES OF HEALING. THIS WILL OPEN THE PORES, REDUCING SWELLING AND TENDERNESS.

-WRAP YOUR TATTOO FOR THE FIRST FEW NIGHTS. THIS WILL PROTECT THE AREA THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT, PREVENT YOU STICKING TO THE BED SHEETS OR ITCHING THE AREA DURING YOUR SLEEP.

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'TATTOO DO'S AND DON'TS' VIDEO BELOW

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I CREATED A SHORT VIDEO TO HELP GUIDE YOU

ON YOUR TATTOO HEALING JOUNRNEY!

Here are 'The Basics' in a little more detail..

A lil' more..

THIS VIDEO DIGS A LITTLE DEEPER INTO TATTOO

HEALING, WITH THE IMPORTANT DO'S AND 

DON'TS!

IF YOU WANT TO BE AN AFTERCARE SUPER STAR,

THEN GIVE THIS VIDEO A LITTLE WATCH..

THE FRESHLY TATTOOED AREA IS SWOLLEN AND SORE?

THIS IS VERY COMMON, THE SKIN HAS GONE THROUGH TRAUMA AND IS IN IT'S EARLY STAGES OF HEALING.

TO REDUCE SWELLING, REDNESS AND TENDERNESS, TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS..

 

  • TAKE IBUPROFEN OR AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DAILY. 

  • ELEVATE THE TATTOOED AREA AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY, FOR EXAMPLE WHILST RESTING OR SLEEPING. ELEVATING THE AREA WILL REDUCE SWELLING DRAMATICALLY.

  • TAKE WARM STEAMY SHOWERS DAILY. THIS WILL ALLOW YOUR PORES TO OPEN AND SETTLE TENDERNESS.

THERE A DRY PATCHES/FLAKES/SCABS ON MY FRESH TATTOO?

DURING THE HEALING PROCESS, THE TATTOO WILL BECOME DRY, FLAKEY AND SOMETIMES A LITTLE SCABBY.

SIMPLY FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO BOOST THE FINAL STAGES OF HEALING..

  • DO NOT ITCH OR PICK AT THE TATTOO WHILST HEALING.

  • GENTLY MOISTURISE THE TATTOO, BE SURE NOT TO PULL ANY OF THE DRY PATCHES OR FLAKES OFF. 

  • MOISTURISE REGULARLY, USING PALMERS COCOA BUTTER.

  • NOW THAT THE TATTOO IS DRYING OUT, BEGIN USING A MORE IN DEPTH MOISTURISER. I RECOMMEND USING BIO-OIL OR COCOA NUT OIL, TO REDUCE DRYNESS AND SHINY AREAS.

MY FRESH TATTOO APPEARS WET OR 'OOZY'?

IF YOUR TATTOO HAS BECOME IRRITATED DURING THE EARLY STAGES OF HEALING, YOU MAY EXPERIENCE SOME OOZING/WET AREAS. ALTHOUGH THIS ISN'T VERY COMMON, SOMETIMES THE OPEN WOUND MAY GET DIRT OR HAIR TRAPPED INSIDE AND CAUSE SOME UNPLEASANT 'OOZING'. 

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING THIS, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS..

  • DRY OUT THE WET AREAS OF THE TATTOO, DO NOT ADD ANY MOISTURE UNTIL THE 'OOZING' IS UNDER CONTROL. ONCE THE TATTOO IS BEGINNING TO DRY OUT, YOU CAN GENTLY START APPLYING MOISTURISER.

  • TAKE WARM STEAMY SHOWERS, TO OPEN THE PORES AND ENCOURAGE ANY DIRT/IRRITATION TO EXIT THE FRESHLY TATTOOED AREA.

  • TAKE IBUPROFEN/ANTI INFLAMMATORY TO TARGET THE IRRITATION AND SETTLE THE SKIN.

  • USE AN ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP OR SPRAY. THIS WILL DRY THE AREA OUT AND DEEP CLEAN THE IRRITATED TATTOO.

  • KEEP IN CONTACT DURING THIS PROCESS, SEND PHOTOS EACH DAY SO THAT I CAN TALK YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS.

I HAVE SHINY AREAS ON MY HEALING TATTOO?

TATTOOS ARE ESSENTIALLY A SCAR. YOUR SKIN HAS BEEN DAMAGED AND WE NEED TO LOOK AFTER IT FOR THE TATTOO TO HEAL NICELY AND AVOID SHINY AREAS. EVERY TATTOO GOES THROUGH A 'SHINY STAGE' TOWARDS THE END OF HEALING. IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP MOISTURISING THE SKIN UNTIL THE AREA IS FULLY HEALED.

HERE ARE SOME STEPS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE 'SHINY STAGE'

  • MOISTURISE THE SKIN REGULARLY

  • MOVE ONTO COCOA NUT OIL OR BIO OIL FOR THE FINAL STAGES OF HEALING. THESE ARE MORE IN DEPTH MOISTURISERS AND WILL REDUCE ANY SHINY AREAS DRAMATICALLY.

  • DO NOT ITCH OR PICK THE TATTOO DURING THE HEALING PROCESS. PICKING YOUR TATTOO WILL LEAVE YOU WITH SHINY SCARRING, SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE GENTLE WITH YOUR HEALING TATTOO.

  • KEEP UP WITH THE MOISTURISING UNTIL THE TATTOO IS FLAT TO THE SKIN AGAIN.

THE AREA AROUND MY TATTOO IS TENDER/BRUISED?

SOMETIMES TOU MAY EXPERIENCE SOME BRUISING OR TENDERNESS AFTER GETTING TATTOOED IN SENSITIVE AREAS, SUCH AS ATHE BICEP OR THIGHS. IF YOU DO SEE LIGHT YELLOWISH/PURPLE BRUISING, NO NEED TO PANIC AS THIS REALLY DOESN'T AFFECT THE TATTOO.

IF YOU DO EXPERIENCE THIS, SIMPLY TAKE SOME IBUPROFEN OR AN ANTI INFLAMMATORY TO KEEP ANY SWELLING DOWN.

MY TATTOO HAS SMALL WHITE DOTS/PIMPLES?

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCE SMALL WHITE SPOTS/PIMPLES, THEN YOUR TATTOO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO TOO MUCH MOISTURE. THIS COULD BE FROM KEEPING YOUR WRAPPING ON TOO LONG OR OVER-MOISTURISING.

IF YOU DO EXPERIENCE THIS, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS..

  • DO NOT POP OR PICK THE SPOTS, THIS WILL ONLY IRRITATE THE SKIN AND CAUSE ISSUES!

  • TAKE WARM STEAMY SHOWERS TO ALLOW THE PORES TO OPEN, ALLOWING EXTRA MOISTURE TO EXIT THE SKIN.

  • USE AN ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP OR SPRAY. THIS WILL BEGIN TO DRY OUT THE SPOTS/PIMPLES, WITHOUT HAVING TO PICK THEM.

  • DO NOT MOISTURISE THE AREA UNTILL THE SPOTS ARE UNDER CONTROL.

HEALING CONCERNS?

IF YOU DO COME ACROSS ANY ISSUES OR CONCERNS, PLEASE REACH OUT VIA PHONE, EMAIL OR INSTAGRAM DM.

ANY PROBLEMS CAN EASILY BE FIXED WITH A SIMPLE CHANGE IN ROUTINE. IT'S ALWAYS BEST TO GET IN CONTACT,

SO THAT I CAN IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM AND MAKE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO ALTER YOUR HEALING ROUTINE.

BELOW, YOU WILL FIND SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TO COMMON HEALING CONCERNS...

Common questions/answers

After Care pro!

CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW TATTOO!

As you scrolled all the way to the bottom of the page, you're officially an After Care pro!

Enjoy your new tattoo and feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.

I appreciate you choosing me for this precious new piece and for taking such great care of it.

I look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

Natalie x

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