Inside: New Tattoo Care – First 48 Hours.
Finally, the design you’ve had in your head for months has now become a reality, and your skin is sporting a cool new tattoo. But what next? How do you look after it and ensure it heals well and ends up looking just as beautiful as it should? Time to focus on aftercare.
If you want your tattoo to age gracefully, the next few weeks are extra important to make sure it heals properly. Here’s a complete guide to proper new tattoo care in the first 48 hours!
First Things First – How to Care for a New Tattoo Right Away
Most tattoo artists have their own personal set of aftercare instructions. But one piece of advice they all have in common is to touch your tattoo with clean hands only. I recommend that you listen to the verbal directions from your tattooer first, then refer to the written directions after. Also, take into consideration that washing your hands shouldn’t be a quick three-second rinse.
New Tattoo Care the First 48 Hours – Removing Bandage
The original bandage your tattoo artist gives you to wrap up your post-ink session can be removed within two to three hours after completion, or however long your tattoo artist recommends. Do not re-bandage. The plasma from the original tattoo may surface after the first couple of hours, and then it’s time to clean the art and allow it to breathe.
To cleanse the tattoo, use anti-bacterial soap, such as Dial Antibacterial Liquid Soap, or any unscented antibacterial liquid. Refrain from using any type of cloth to cleanse the tattoo because it will exfoliate the area—which, remember, is a wound. Next, rinse with warm-to-mild temperature water and pat the area dry with a towel. Allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before proceeding.
Keeping Your New Tattoo Moisturized Care in First 48 Hours
Every artist has their own aftercare ointment, we always recommend using Aquaphor for the first two to three days of healing. It delivers the right amount of moisturization without feeling heavy or suffocating. It also minimizes peeling and flaking. Just make sure you don’t over-medicate the tattoo by applying too much ointment because it could clog the pores and create a rash that would definitely disturb the healing process.
Taking Care of a New Tattoo in the First 2 Days
During the first few days post-tattoo, you’ll repeat the process of washing your tattoo about two to five times a day, then following with a light layer of ointment. A good amount of air is great for the ink, so it’s critical to make sure the skin can breathe. On the first night, it’s normal to wrap the area in plastic wrap so it doesn’t stick to your bedding, but after that, make sure the design is free from coverage and getting ventilation. Now if your tattoo seems to be peeling or scabbing, we have you covered on how to take care of that too.
Looking for Ink Art Inspiration?
- Cute Cloud Tattoos – Because of their symbolic meanings, as well as infinite design possibilities, the tattoos of clouds are becoming increasingly popular in the world. Whether used on their own or as parts of some larger designs or scenes, clouds have the ability to connote a variety of meanings. At the same time, design-wise, there are several variations, as well as styles which you and your favorite tattoo artist can work with, to create the perfect cloud tattoo for you.
- Embroidery Tattoo Ideas – If you love tattoos as well as embroidery, you are going to go wild for these embroidery tattoos! These designs are some of the coolest tattoo ideas around. They look like you have actual embroidery stitches in your skin! They do take some time for the tattoo artist to make them so detailed, but it’s worth every second! Don’t miss these awesome embroidery tattoo designs.
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