During the session:
In order for the skin to react correctly to tattooing, follow two simple rules - be sober (alcohol thins the blood and increases bleeding) and do not hide anything health-related to the tattoo artist. Your safety is our main concern.
2-4 hours after the session:
There are two ways to help the skin heal:
- breathable tape.
Traditional: The tattoo is constantly rinsed and agents that enhance and accelerate regeneration are applied.
After the application of the tattoo, the artist rinses it and covers it with a disposable tape. It protects the new tattoo from external factors and helps the lymph and blood flow out.
You should remove the tape after 12 hours, rinse it gently and carefully, and then apply a thick layer of the healing agent. The same disposable tape will protect the tattoo from external factors. The procedure with rinsing and applying the product must be repeated every 3-4 hours.
Breathable tape: it is also called healing tape. We glue it right after the tattoo application, lymph may accumulate under the tape - this is normal, as your skin reacts to trauma and begins to recover. This type of tape needs to be worn for 4 days in a tropical climate, and then carefully peeled off under warm water.
Contour, small and graphic tattoos heal almost completely after using the tape, and large tattoos with dense paint require some more time.
We advise you to take additional care with your tattoo: rinse with antibacterial soap and apply special healing agents 3-4 times a day. If you sweat heavily, rinsing should be repeated more often.
What not to do at this stage:
- Expose the tattoo to pollution: dust, dirt, water from pools and lakes. You need to cover the tattoo and try not to touch it.
- Heavily exert yourself: your skin is injured during the tattoo application, it begins to recover and cells regenerate at the site the trauma is made. Do not engage in any kind of hard work, this will increase the stress on your skin and will slow down the healing and increase the risk of scarring.
- Drinking alcohol thins the blood and prevents cells from repairing.
- Sunbathing: especially in direct sunlight and in the first 2 weeks, we recommend to cover the tattoos with cloth or bandages, and after 2 weeks use SPF (for Bali - 50+)
- Bath: you should not take a hot bath immediately after the tattoo application and should avoid hot water while showering for at least 2-3 weeks. (You should follow this rule even you use special breathable tape).
2 days after application:
The objective at this stage is to keep the skin hydrated and avoid interfering with the healing. It is no more necessary to wash and apply healing agents to the tattoo that often. Our little life hack to help relieve itching and fight the temptation to scratch your tattoo: keep the healing product refrigerated. The cooling effect soothes the skin and reduces itching.
What you should not do at this stage:
- Tear off the crusts: each of them is a microtrauma, the risk of getting scars as a result. The more cells the body has to renew, the higher the risk of ugly scars.
- Aggressive scratching: if your tattooed skin begins to itch and peel - do not pick, comb, use scrubs or shower gels with scrubbing particles, or rub the skin with a washcloth. Scratching also leads to micro-trauma and unsightly scarring. If you are afraid that you will start to involuntarily scratch the tattoo at night, try to sleep with your clothes on.
- Ignore the remedies for healing: if the tattoo is already dry, not inflamed and the only sight of its freshness is slight peeling, healing agents still need to be applied. The body copes more effectively with injuries with additional care. Help it.
4-5 days after application
Care: The tattoo has healed, but in order to maintain its beauty and brightness, you need to protect the skin from the sun and dryness.
Always use SPF +50 sunscreen outside. This will preserve the original color of the tattoo. Also, don't forget to moisturize your tattooed skin regularly.