Rinse the Tattoo Carefully
One hours after the tattoo session is over remove the hygienic foil (gauze) from the tattoo and rinse the tattoo carefully, so that the extra color can be washed away. After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use luke warm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Take a nice wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive.
If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs. Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo. Unless you don't use the ointment regularly and properly, a crust will appear on your tattoo, and it can also fade away faster and easier!
Aftercare Products and Lotions
It's not necessary, as many over the counter products work just fine, but it's your choice. Use the products as directed as continue for 3-5 days. After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free. Apply a thin coat of given cream over your tattoo then pat it dry with a paper towel (remember too much cream will damage your tattoo).
Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs & Swimming
Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine and useful. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. You should be avoiding Hot Tubs and Swimming for at least 3 weeks.
Scabbing and Peeling
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. It's normal and there is no need to panic. Do not itch your tattoo! That could make serious damages. The advice here is, don't pick, and don't scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed and now is not the time to ruin it!
Protection from the Sun
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum 30SPF sun block. Avoid getting direct sunlight on your tattoo for three weeks.
Keep it Simple
Keep the bandage on for at least two hours. Take a hot shower and let the tattoo rinse for a minimum of 30 seconds. Wash with a mild liquid soap, no more than twice a day. When your tattoo is dry, use a fragrance-free lotion and apply two to three times a daily. Stay away from any pools, jacuzzi, lakes, ponds and ocean water for the first two weeks. If you have any questions regarding how your tattoo is healing, please contact the studio. Wear loose clothes for 10 - 12 days. Avoid sleeping on the area where you got tattooed. Without proper care and precaution you will end up having a crisp tattoo.