Looking after your new tattoo
Our tips on how to look after your new tattoo in the first few days and weeks.
AT THE APPOINTMENT
Once you've been tattooed we'll cover the area with clingfilm, chat through some aftercare tips and give you an aftercare form.
LATER THAT DAY/THE NEXT MORNING
We recommend keeping the clingfilm on for at least two hours and no longer than overnight. Once you take the clingfilm off you should wash the area gently but thoroughly with lukewarm water and a mild antibacterial soap. We recommend showering so as not to submerge the tattoo in water.
Once you've cleaned the area you should apply a small amount of a natural moisturiser, such as cocoa butter. Make sure to only apply a thin layer and to wipe off any excess. Moisturise the area two-three times per day or whenever your tattoo feels dry.
TWO-THREE DAYS AFTER
You will probably start to find the area begins to lightly scab. This is normal. Do NOT pick the scab. Continue to moisturise two-three times a day and it will heal fine.
TWO-THREE WEEKS LATER
Avoid going swimming, using saunas or steam rooms and try to minimise friction to the area.