A freshly done tattoo needs special care. It will only stay beautiful for a long time if it heals well. You can read the dos and don’ts of tattoo aftercare here.
Tattooing creates a superficial wound on the skin. In order for your tattoo to look beautiful for a long time, a quick and problem-free healing of this wound is essential.
Because the faster the superficial wound in the skin closes, the more color particles remain in the skin layer and the richer the colors of your tattoo.
You can influence the healing process both positively and negatively. You can read here what you can do for the former and what you can do with swimming, taking a sauna and exercising, for example.
For optimal healing, there are a few things you should keep in mind – both before the tattoo, right after until the full healing process is complete, and long-term. Stick to these tips and you will enjoy your tattoo for a long time.
Preparation: How to get to the tattoo appointment
Not only aftercare, but preparation can have an impact on your tattoo. Here are the dos and don’ts.
Come freshly showered: Although the area where you will be tattooed will be thoroughly disinfected beforehand, you should still come to the appointment freshly showered. If bacteria or dirt get into the tattoo wound, it will hinder proper healing.
Be fit and rested: It’s best to come to the appointment well rested . Depending on how big the tattoo is, firstly, the stinging takes a while and can be exhausting, secondly, a rested and energetic body can heal better. For the same reason, make sure to eat enough beforehand. After poor sleep and a lack of energy supply, your circulation could also suffer from sitting and standing still for hours.
Do not drink alcohol: You should avoid alcohol the day before the appointment, as it has a blood-thinning effect. As a result, the color pigments stay worse in the skin.
Aftercare: rules for aftercare
Allow yourself some rest: The first and most important rule is “Allow yourself some rest”. It is beneficial for rapid wound healing that your body can direct all of its energy towards them.
Handling the foil: As a rule, the tattoo artist releases you with a foil around the tattooed area to protect the wound from dirt and bacteria. Leave the film on for a minimum of three hours and a maximum of a day. Do not worry if blood and wound water collect underneath, this is completely normal.
Carefully clean the wound: After removing the foil, you should carefully wash the tattoo off with lukewarm water. Use only pH-neutral soap that does not irritate the skin. Afterwards, do not rub dry, but gently pat dry with a clean towel, which in the best case does not lose any fluff.
Apply a thin layer of cream: Washing cleans the wound, but also dries out the skin, which you should definitely avoid. Therefore, use a cream, for example special tattoo creams. However, it is only important that the cream is moisturizing and contains only natural ingredients – so it is also free of fragrances and dyes. Only apply a thin layer to avoid softening the skin and be careful with it – avoid rubbing at all costs.
So the entire healing process goes well
Overall, the healing process takes between 14 days and a month. You should therefore pay attention to a few things, especially during the first two weeks.
Above all, trust your eyes and your feelings. If you discover redness, swelling or other skin irritations or if you are in pain, you should definitely consult a doctor.
Prevent softening: It is important that you find the right balance between washing and creaming so that no crust forms on the tattoo. To do this, continue to shower in your normal rhythm, the water should be lukewarm. Too long and too hot showers are counterproductive.
Prevent drying out: Apply a thin layer of cream regularly and whenever you feel that your skin is tight under the tattoo, with your hands always clean. If crusts form, continue to apply cream and do not peel off the scab, as this could also cause the color to come off.
Don’t scratch: as the skin heals, the area may start to itch. Avoid scratching in any case, as this will spoil the look of your tattoo and lead to scarring.
Keep fabric away: As already said, you absolutely want to prevent friction – in any form -. Therefore, make sure that the fabric stays away from the tattoo wound. Wear airy clothing for this. The air supports healing at the same time. Bed linen can also stick to the fresh tattoo. So make sure you sleep in a position that exposes the tattoo.
Protect from the sun: Exposure to direct sunlight can cause the colors to fade. You should therefore apply sun protection with a high sun protection factor to the tattooed area even at low temperatures.
Swimming pools and saunas are taboo: You shouldn’t go to the swimming pool or sauna for the first two weeks. While chlorine dries out the skin, prolonged swimming and excessive sweating will soften the skin. In addition, visits to public bathing establishments can lead to inflammation, as this is where you expose your tattoo wound to a lot of bacteria.
First of all, do without exercise : You also work up a sweat while exercising. In addition, the exertion strains your immune system and this affects healing.
Eat healthy and get enough sleep: On the other hand, getting enough sleep and a balanced diet have a positive influence on the healing process.
So you can postpone the re-stitching for a long time
Even after the wound has healed completely, there are still a few things you can do to ensure that you have something from your tattoo for a long time. If you take care of it properly, you can delay the re-engraving a lot.
For example, keep wearing high SPF sunscreen to protect the colors from fading from the UV rays.
Also, continue to nourish your skin regularly with moisturizing cream. The color also lasts longer in skin that is richly hydrated.