Give your tattoo a few hours before removing the protective wrap. Afterwards, you can go ahead and begin the cleansing process.
Wash your hands first with an antibacterial soap before starting. You can then begin to wash the area using an unscented skin cleanser. Clean the area thoroughly. Avoid using any cleansers made with a fragrance, as this may irritate your skin. After you have finished washing the area, allow it to air dry or pat the skin down with a clean paper towel.
Repeat twice daily. Once in the morning, once in the evening or as often as you feel is necessary. Avoid washing the area too often, and avoid soaking your tattoo (eg. baths, swimming pools and hot tubs). Do not re-wrap your tattoo.
Wait a day before beginning to use any lotions or ointments. Moisturizers should also be labeled as unscented or fragrance free to avoid irritation. Remember not to apply too much or over moisturize. Apply in thin layers, the same as you would normally use. Light layers allow the skin to breathe, and only apply when the skin is feeling itchy or dry.
You will notice your skin flaking/peeling throughout the healing process. This is normal. Areas with heavier shading may take longer to heal. Try your best to fight the urge to scratch, peel or pick at your tattoo. If you feel the need to scratch, try patting the area instead. It may also be a sign that your tattoo is too dry, and needs to be moisturized. You can make the process a bit more comfortable by wearing loose clothing, to avoid rubbing.
Repeat the process for 2-4 weeks. Your skin may take more time or less time to heal, everyone is different. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get in touch.
Things to Avoid
Long sun exposure
Pools, baths and hot tubs