Give your tattoo some time before removing the wrap. After about 2 hours, you can go ahead and remove the protective wrapping.
Wash your hands before starting. Then you can begin to wash your tattoo with warm water and an unscented skin cleanser. Avoid using products with any sort of fragrance, as this may irritate your skin. After washing, pat down the area with a clean paper towel.
Repeat twice daily. Once in the morning, once in the evening or more often if you feel it's 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.
Recommendation: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Wait a day before beginning to use any lotions or ointments. Remember to also use products labeled unscented or fragrance free to avoid irritation. Do not over moisturize. Apply a thin layer, the same amount of lotion you would normally use. Light layers allow the skin to breathe, and only apply when the skin is feeling itchy or dry.
Recommendation: Lubriderm Lotion Unscented
Recommendation: Aquaphor Healing Ointment
You will be shedding away dead skin throughout the healing process. Areas with heavier shading may take longer to peel. Remember to fight the urge to scratch, peel or pick at your tattoo. If you feel the need to scratch, pat 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.
Things to Avoid
Long sun exposure
Pools and hot tubs
Repeat the process for about 2-4 weeks. Your skin may take more time or less time to heal, everyone is different. If you have any questions or concerns, get in touch.