1. Clean 3x a day with warm soapy water (NON-fragranced soap is best) removing all previous moisturiser and plasma your skin may have pushed out (DO NOT WORRY, your tattoo is not coming out it is the pigment from your first layer of skin which is NOT where the permanent tattoo sits)
2. Pat dry with kitchen roll (Not a towel as they are never as clean as we think)
3. With clean hands, apply a thin layer of moisturiser (Vaseline, InkJam or Bepanthen) until shiny, excessive moisturiser may clog your pores causing pimple like bumps and sometimes redness (if this occurs, try using less)
• After a week you may return to a normal moisturiser, but avoid it at first as it may react differently to your new broken skin.
4. Once moisturised, cover your tattoo with cling-film to stop clothes from rubbing your new tattoo.
• After 1 week you may stop wrapping your tattoo in cling-film as the healing process has begun however you should still clean and moisturise it regularly as skin can take up to 6 months to fully regenerate.
• Avoid exercising the area to avoid sweating, if unavoidable, make sure to thoroughly clean the tattoo after
• Showers are fine, but baths and swimming should be avoided as prolonged water exposure leads to more dryness, and swimming baths are never clean and contain chemicals.
• If your tattoo is itching, this means you need to clean it more regularly and thoroughly as you are likely leaving old cream on the skin or it is coming into contact with an irritant (e.g. clothes, animals or dirt)
• Your tattoo may peel like sunburn this is NORMAL, continue moisturising. If not moisturised this may cause scabs which may crack and cause the loss of pigment.
• Large tattoos will take longer to heal, pushing out more plasma over a few days so don’t be surprised if your tattoo seems ‘gunky’ the first few cleans.
• The first couple of cleanings may be quite tender, this is expected for large-scale pieces.
• Light shading may appear more red than elsewhere on your tattoo, this is simply the same redness that is under you whole tattoo but more visible under lighter shading, this will disappear throughout the healing.
• Your artist may or may not wrap a small tattoo for placement and mobility reasons.
• Line-work or with minimal shading may heal within 2 weeks, during this time it is important to keep them as moisturised as possible.
• Thin lines are quicker to dry-out, and harder to see the dryness. If the new layer of skin over the tattoo is stretched too much the new layer of skin may ‘crack’ leading to gaps (think of a cracked scab having to constantly re-heal)
• Some areas are more prone to dryness due to clothing rubbing e.g. ankles, these are especially important to keep moisturised and covered between washes to avoid the clothes rubbing any moisturiser off drying out the tattoo.