In order to have a tattoo that heals properly, you need to make sure it stays hydrated. If it’s too dry, it will scab over too quickly. Again, find an ointment that is scent free, as scented products will irritate your tattoo. Make sure to apply a thin layer of ointment, you don’t want to suffocate the tattoo. You should reapply ointment after each wash, about twice a day. After a few days, your tattoo will start to peel at which point you should switch to lotion. There are specialty ointments and lotions on the market specifically for tattoos, which work great. If you don’t know which products you should use, ask your artist what they recommend.
A Couple of Don’ts
Now that you know how to care for your tattoo, let’s go over some things you’ll want to avoid. First of all, do not, under any circumstance scratch your tattoo while it is healing. In addition, don’t pick at the scab as this could cause your tattoo to be lighter in some areas. Also, try to avoid soaking your tattoo. This means no swimming or soaking in a bath while your tattoo is still fresh. Do not put your tattoo in direct sunlight for at least 3-4 weeks. UV rays could cause blisters and may even bleach out some of the color. After it’s fully healed, always protect your ink with sunscreen. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure you wear clothing that isn’t too tight. Loose fitting clothes are best during the healing process, as they won’t rub or pull on your tattoo.