Remove bandage after one to two hours. This is on to keep bacteria and other contaminents away from your new tattoo
Wash the tattoo. Before cleaning the tattoo make sure to WASH YOUR HANDS thoroughly. Soak some warm water onto some kitchen roll and clean away any traces of blood. Pat the tattoo dry (DO NOT scrub) then leave to air dry for 10-15 mins, this will allow for the tattoo to ‘breathe’.
Once dry, apply a very thin layer of ointment. We recommend using either TATTOO GOO LOTION or PALMERS COCOA BUTTER (do not use Vaseline), only apply enough to make it shine, a little goes a long way. Too much can lead to trapping germs which could potentially lead to infection, if you think you have applied too much then dab away any excess with dry clean kitchen roll. DO NOT RE-BANDAGE THE TATTOO
Make sure the tattoo is kept clean. Continue to apply any of the lotions we’ve recommended 3-4 times a day (If any scab does appear then stop using the lotion and allow the scab to heal itself, once the scabbing has gone then you may continue to use the lotion, DO NOT RUB, PICK OR SCRATCH THE SCAB). You may have a reaction to the aftercare product, your skin may be sensitive to the ingredients, this isn’t a major problem but it can happen. Your skin may become irritable and you may get white pimple like spots. If this occurs then stop using the aftercare product. Your skin should then settle within 72 hours once you’ve stopped.
Showering. Shower normally (short showers) but DO NOT have long showers or submerge your tattoo in the bath. Prolonged soaking can and will loosen the scabs if any have formed, or will soak through the soft tissue turning it soggy and cause your ink to weep. This includes swimming in the Sea, swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas.
Please refrain from scratching or picking the tattoo. DO NOT scrub your tattoo as this can be very harsh and cause colours to fade and irritate the tattoo. Disrupting the tattoo whilst it’s healing can also cause scar tissue. It is normal for the tattoo to become itchy during the healing process.
The sun is bad for your tattoo. A sunburn can cause problems for your tattoo, it can make it scab heavily and dry the tattoo out and may cause scarring. Wait until the tattoo is fully healed before exposing it to sun and using sunbeds and once fully healed make sure to use a high quality sunblock (DO NOT apply sunblock whilst the tattoo is still healing).
DO NOT use Vaseline, Savlon, E45 or Bepanthen. DO NOT go swimming, use sun beds, hot tubs or Saunas. DONOT scrub or pick the tattoo. DO NOT expose to sunlight.