If you’ve recently went to the tattoo shop and got a new tattoo, it’s important to know how to care for it. If you don’t take proper care of the tattoo, it could become infected or it could start to fade at such a fast pace simply because you weren’t being careful enough. There are several simple and effective aftercare tips for tattoos that you should consider following.
This is how to care for a new tattoo.

Helpful Aftercare Tips For Your New Tattoo

  • Use a hypoallergenic non-scented mild soap.
  • Apply hypoallergenic non-scented lotion.
  • Don’t get your tattoo wet.
  • Keep your tattoo covered and protected.
  • Use sunscreen once fully healed.

Use a Special Soap to Wash the Tattoo Area

After you’ve gotten your new permanent tattoo, you’re going to want to keep it clean. Your tattoo artist will let you know when it’s safe to remove the wrap and wash the area. However, you’ll need to use a special soap. You should only use mild soap options. Don’t choose anything that contains additional ingredients, including fragrance. There are some soaps on the market designed specifically for tattoos. You may want to check them out and consider purchasing them to use on your tattoo when you’re showering.

Apply Non-Scented Lotion to the Tattoo

After a few hours, scabbing may start to appear. Your tattoo may begin to start itching. Try to avoid scratching as much as you can and don’t peel off any pieces of the scab that may be hanging around on your skin. Instead, apply some non-scented lotion on the area twice a day to keep it moisturized and prevent excess itchiness.

In addition to using a non-scented lotion, you can use shea butter on your tattoo. It contains vitamins that are good for the skin and good for the healing process.

Don’t Soak Your Tattoo in the Water

If you’re going to take a relaxing bath, cover your tattoo so that it doesn’t get wet. If it’s on an area of the body that would be submerged with water when taking a bath, it may be best to skip out on the bath for the first few weeks. You shouldn’t be soaking your tattoos in water for at least three weeks. Stick to a shower and focus on getting as little water on your tattoo as possible.

Keep Your Work of Body Art Protected

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your tattoo before you head outside. If the sun is beating on your skin for too long, it could cause some fading of the tattoo. Always have your sunscreen ready to apply on the tattoo before you leave home for the day, especially if your tattoo is on an area of the body that won’t be covered by your clothes while you’re out.

These tips will help keep your body on track with how tattoos heal naturally. If you’re going to pay to have beautiful artwork added to your body, it’s important to take care of those beautiful pieces by following the right aftercare tips.

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