After you’ve chosen a tattoo design and have got the ink done at a reputable tattoo studio, of course, you now need to think about how to care for it afterwards. This is a very important part of your journey to getting a tattoo.
Caring for your tattoo afterwards especially if you’ve had the work done by say an experienced tattoo artist in Nottingham. It is very important that you know how to take care of your new tattoo as best as you possibly can.
Our guide below about taking care of your tattoo will help to ensure that you do so and will ensure that yours will look amazing for years to come. It will also mean that you won’t have wasted good money on getting yours done by an award-winning tattoo artist in Nottingham.
So Why Is Aftercare So Important?
The actual healing process was for some time never considered important when it came to getting a tattoo done. But of course, over time people have learned just how important it is.
When it comes to caring for your tattoo, it becomes your responsibility as soon as you get out of the chair of the tattoo artist in Nottingham for example. Therefore it is important that you treat your new tattoo with the respect it requires. When you take proper care of your tattoo the ink will remain looking crisp, sharp and colourful.
After getting a new tattoo done say at an experienced tattoo artist in Nottingham studio your skin is going to be like a large wound. So it is very susceptible to becoming infected by various germs or bacteria. Proper care of yours afterwards will ensure that it doesn’t become infected and also allows the area inked to heal faster and more efficiently.
Along with taking care of your tattoo after it has just been inked is vital, so is taking care of it in the future. You need to be aware that there are plenty of environmental factors that can have an effect on how your tattoo will look in years to come.
Tips On Caring For Your Tattoos
- Leave The Bandage On For At Least 1 Hour
Ideally, you should keep the bandage in place for at least 1 hour, but sometimes it is better to leave it on for 4 or 5. However, you should ask your tattoo artist how long they recommend you keep the bandage in place for.
- Wash Thoroughly With Hot Water
After you remove the bandage make sure that you wash the area where your tattoo is thoroughly washed with hot water and a small amount of very mild liquid soap. You are doing this to remove any dried blood or plasma from the surface of the tattoo. Then pat it dry with some clean paper towels, then leave for about an hour to air dry. DON’T RUB THE TATTOO.
From now on you should be washing your tattoo with clean water and soap at least twice a day. Of course, if your job means you work outside and get dirty easily you will need to wash the tattoo more often. In fact, you should continue this process until your tattoo is completely healed. Normally healing of tattoos will take around 2 to 4 weeks, dependent on the size and colour of inks used.
- Apply Small Amount Of Lotion
Once the tattoo and surrounding area are completely dry apply a very thin layer of aftercare lotion to it. This will help to moisturize and nourish the area where the tattoo artist in Nottingham has inked the image you wanted. It is important that you use a lotion on your tattoo that is fragrance-free. Also, avoid any lotion that is made up of a lot of petroleum as it will prevent the skin from being able to breathe and the area where the tattoo is won’t be able to heal properly.
Above are the main steps to take to care for any new tattoo that any experienced tattoo artist in Nottingham has created for you. These even include realism tattoos in Nottingham.
You must also note the following when it comes to caring for any tattoo that you have.
- Do not pick at or pull at any scabs or flaking skin, as this will slow down the healing process. It will also cause the ink to fade and increases the risk of the area becoming infected.
- In the beginning, you need to make sure that you don’t expose your new tattoo to sunlight. Plus also make sure that you don’t apply any kind of suntan lotion to the tattoo area until it has healed fully.
- Make sure that you don’t soak it in any kind of water whilst the tattoo is healing. When you need to have a wash take a short shower rather than laze in the bath.
By keeping in mind the above you will ensure that the tattoo you got done by an experienced tattoo artist in Nottingham will look great for many years to come. If you would like more information about tattoos and how to care for them then please don’t hesitate to contact us here at KyleTattoo by filling out our online enquiry Form, or by sending us an email at email@example.com.