Welcome to the Envision Tattoo blog! Here you can get tips for choosing your next tattoo, taking care of your new artwork, as well as learn more about our shop and the history behind modern tattoos. Today, however, we are going to offer you aftercare tips for your next tattoo. To learn more about our tattoo shop, check out our artists, and more, visit our website.
How To Take Care Of a Tattoo: Aftercare Tips
8 Essential Tattoo Aftercare Tips
Getting a tattoo whether it’s your first or your next is exciting and it is likely that you’ll want to go out and show off your new artwork. However, before you do, you need to make sure that you are not only protecting your new tattoo but taking time for proper aftercare. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind as you care for your new tattoo.
Your Tattoo Artist Knows Best
After your artist finishes your new, amazing tattoo, they will offer you informative tips and valuable information for taking care of your tattoo. Listen to your artist. They are professionals in their field and will offer you the best tips to take care of your tattoo. Depending on the area of the body your new tattoo resides, your artist may provide you additional tips for helping your tattoo heal well.
Proper Aftercare Will Provide the Best Results
Whether you got that small dainty line tattoo or you finally finished your sleeve, investing in the proper aftercare will make sure your tattoo looks its best for years to come. Aftercare affects how your tattoo heals. In other words, improper care can result in fading or infection which can turn a great-looking tattoo into a “meh-looking” tattoo.
Treat Your Tattoo Like It’s a Fresh Wound
Keeping this idea in mind will help you make the right decisions when it comes to the aftercare of your tattoo. It's easy to forget that your tattoo is essentially a wound as it looks a lot prettier than that time you fell off your bike and scraped your knee. However, having the mindset that your tattoo is a wound that needs to heal will help you avoid infection.
Your Tattoo Needs Oxygen
Though your artist may wrap your tattoo after it’s complete, once it is time to take the wrap off, do not wrap your tattoo again — let it breathe. Oxygen is needed for the most optimal healing process and keeping your tattoo from sweat and excessive moisture can help you avoid infection. Wearing loose clothing or nothing on your tattoo can help make sure that it is getting the oxygen that it needs and staying dry.
Protect Your Tattoo From the Sun
The sun is one of the most damaging factors to new and old tattoos. Avoid direct sunlight on your new tattoo to protect your healing skin, and once it is healed wear sunscreen of 30 or above SPF. Exposure to direct sunlight can cause your tattoo, no matter how long you’ve had it to fade and be less vibrant. Also, exposing new tattoos to the sun can increase your risk of melanoma as the skin under that tattoo is new, sensitive skin.
Avoid Shaving, Rubbing, Picking, or Scratching Your Tattoo
A great rule of thumb, for new tattoos is simply don’t touch them. However, it’s important to be specific, as well. Avoid shaving, rubbing, picking, or scratching at your new tattoo. Remember your new tattoo is like a wound and any of these activities could pull at scabs and affect the healing process. Do not shave the area where your new tattoo is until it is fully healed. If a little body hair in the area isn’t something you can deal with, get it waxed but do so days in advance before getting your new tattoo.
Don’t Go Swimming or Submerge In A Body Of Water, With A New Tattoo
When you go swimming, hot tubbing, or take a bath instead of a shower, you are exposing your tattoo to bacteria of all kinds that could cause your new artwork to become infected and even put your health at risk. Remember your tattoo is an open wound which makes it easy for bacteria and other harmful pathogens to make their way into your bloodstream.
Use Your Hands to Wash Your New Tattoo
The best way to clean your tattoo is with your hands — freshly washed, of course. Loofahs, sponges, and washcloths can spread bacteria to your tattoo as these pathogens can live in the fibers. Always use your hands to wash your tattoo to avoid infection.
Have questions about caring for your new tattoo?
Check out our aftercare page and contact us! We would love to answer your questions and help your tattoo heal up nicely. Envision Tattoo And Art Studio in Fayetteville is a tattoo shop dedicated to providing our clients with high-quality tattoos. We also offer safe piercing services as well as other events — be sure to check out our upcoming events!