- During the complete healing process, you must avoid water and sun on your tattoo as much as possible. Don’t get in the bathtub or a swimming pool during the complete healing process.
- Please avoid any activities that might make you sweat, (e.g., exercise or long walks).
- Leave the tattoo film on for 2-3 days. You can shower with this film on, just be careful not to touch it.
- You might see some liquid with ink build up under the film, don’t worry, this is completely normal.
- When you take the tattoo film off, it’s easier to do it in the shower with lukewarm water (not too hot, not cold).
- After you take the cling film off, wash the tattoo:
- Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo.
- Use lukewarm water and antibacterial soap (or neutral soap) to wash your tattoo.
- When you wash your tattoo, use only your hand and be extremely gentle.
- If you see some blood or transparent plasma forming on your tattoo, please immediately wash this specific area carefully. Never let the plasma dry up completely on your tattoo, otherwise, it might fall off some days later with part of the ink.
- After you wash your tattoo, carefully pat it dry with a paper towel, don’t use towels, and don’t use toilet paper.
- Apply a thin layer of a tattoo aftercare moisturizer (I recommend: Pegasus Tattoo Cream, Hustle Butter, or Panthenol).
- Reapply a thin layer of moisturizer as soon as you see your tattoo gets dry. It’s very important that your tattoo stays moisturized during the complete healing process, so please keep your tattoo moisturized until it’s completely healed (2-4 weeks).
- For fineline tattoos: I recommend my clients wash the tattoo only 1 time after taking the tattoo film off, after this it’s better not to rewash it every day. I also recommend applying a layer of Petroleum Jelly or Pegasus Tattoo Cream on the tattoo before showering, this will help protect the fresh tattoo from water.
- You will see something like a second skin forming on top of the tattoo and it might start itching, please never pick or scratch your tattoo during the complete healing process, doing this could scar or damage the quality of your tattoo.
How to keep your tattoo looking nice forever
Of course, staying hydrated and your skin moisturized will make your tattoo look better, but it’s protection from the sun what will really make your tattoo stand the test of time. Try not to expose your tattoo to the sun, and if you do, ALWAYS protect it with 50+ sunscreen.