TATTOO & TEMPORARY TATTOO
BEFORE & AFTER CARE
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before your tattoo.
Do not consume coffee before your procedure.
Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood).
TATTOO AFTERCARE PRODUCTS
Always use a mild, fragrance-free soap or a specially formulated tattoo cleanser to clean the area.
Your tattoo artist can recommend a tattoo-specific cleanser.
Soap options include:
For the first day or two, use a petroleum-based ointment like A&D or Aquaphor to help the tattoo heal. Cosmetic grade petroleum jelly is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores and cause infection. But just apply a thin layer.
Putting on too thick of a layer won’t allow your skin to breathe.
After about two days, you can switch to a regular moisturizer, such as:
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s fragrance-free and doesn’t contain additives, such as colored dye, that could dry out your skin.
How quickly you heal depends on the size of your tattoo and how intricate it is. Bigger tattoos will stay red and swollen longer, because they cause more trauma to your skin.
- DAY 1
You’ll come home from the artist with a bandage over your tattoo. After a few hours, you can remove it. You should ask your artist for specifics about how long to wait.
Once the bandage comes off, you’ll probably notice fluid oozing from the tattoo. This is blood, plasma (the clear part of blood), and some extra ink. It’s normal. Your skin will also be red and sore. It might feel slightly warm to the touch.
With clean hands, wash the tattoo with warm water and a fragrance-free soap. Apply a petroleum ointment. Leave the bandage off so the tattoo can heal.
- DAYS 2 TO 3
Your tattoo will have a duller, cloudy appearance by now. This happens as your skin heals. Scabs will start to form.
Wash your tattoo once or twice a day and apply a fragrance-and alcohol-free moisturizer. When you wash, you might notice some ink running into the sink. This is just excess ink that’s come up through your skin.
- DAYS 4 TO 6
The redness should start to fade. You’ll probably notice some light scabbing over the tattoo. The scabs shouldn’t be as thick as scabs you get when you cut yourself, but they will be raised. Don’t pick at the scabs — this can cause scarring.
Keep washing your tattoo once or twice a day. Apply moisturizer.
- DAYS 6 TO 14
The scabs have hardened and will begin to flake off. Don’t pick at them or try to pull them off, let them come off naturally. Otherwise, you could pull out the ink and leave scars.
At this point your skin may feel very itchy. Gently rub on a moisturizer several times a day to relieve the itch.
If your tattoo is still red and swollen at this point, you might have an infection. Go back to your artist or see a doctor.
- DAYS 15 TO 30
In this last stage of healing, most of the big flakes will be gone and the scabs should be going away. You might still see some dead skin, but it should eventually clear up too. The tattooed area might still look dry and dull. Keep moisturizing until the skin looks hydrated again.
By the second or third week, the outer layers of skin should have healed. It may take three to four months for the lower layers to completely heal. By the end of your third month, the tattoo should look as bright and vivid as the artist intended.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND TIPS
While your tattoo heals, you should:
Wear sun-protective clothing whenever you go outside.
Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.
Call your tattoo artist or doctor if you have any signs of infection or other problems.
You SHOULD NOT:
You SHOULD NOT cover your tattoo with sunblock until it’s fully healed.
You SHOULD NOT wear tight clothing over the tattoo.
DO NOT go swimming or immerse your body in water (showers are fine).
DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area.
- STAY MOISTURIZED
Moisturizing daily will keep your skin hydrated and healthy, keeping your temporary tattoo looking fresh for longer. However, you’ll want to wait at least 8 hours after applying your tattoo to moisturize.
Pro tip: Using a water-based moisturizer before and after applying your tattoo will give you the best results. Just look for “Aqua, water or distilled water” early in the ingredients list.
- AVOID EXFOLIATION
To keep your temporary tattoo looking fresh, you want to avoid anything that exfoliates your skin. Since it sits in the top layer of your skin, the faster it exfoliates the faster your tattoo will fade.
Please, don’t stop showering on our behalf, just be mindful not to scrub the tattoo while soaping up. When toweling off, make sure to pat your tattoo dry and not rub it.
Avoid other exfoliating elements such as extended periods of time in salt water, chlorine, and direct sunlight.
The first night that you’re sleeping, make sure you wear loose long sleeves or clothing that covers your tattoo to avoid transferring the ink to another body part. Trust us, you might be surprised when you wake up with two tattoos!
IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND TIPS
Avoid applying on dry or broken skin.
Don’t leave your fresh, temporary tattoo ink on for longer than 60 minutes.
Avoid re-applying your temporary tattoo directly over a previous temporary tattoo for at least one month.