A fresh tattoo should be kept covered using cling film for 2-3 hours. Remove the cover after 2-3 hours and rinse your tattoo with soapy lukewarm water. Pat dry using a clean towel. In order to allow the necessary scab to form, it is important to leave your tattoo uncovered after you remove the cling film. For the first 48 hours do not apply any cream to your tattoo.
Avoid sleeping on your tattoo for the first few nights. After the two days apply cream to your tattoo using clean hands, as it is essential to keep your tattoo lubricated and moisturised to prevent the scab from cracking. Apply a thin layer of the cream and rub in well 3 times a day.
During the first few days of the healing process, do not allow anyone else to touch your tattoo, as infections can develop easily upon contamination so be sure to keep dirty fingers and clothes away from your tattoo. Do not pick or scratch the scab. Premature removal of the scab will prevent your skin from healing properly.
Have showers rather than baths for the first two weeks. Soaking in the bath might soften the scab and prematurely remove it, whereas showers will not. Avoid swimming either in the sea or swimming pools until your tattoo has completely healed.
Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight or sun beds for long periods of time during the first 2 weeks as this may cause your tattoo to blur or fade.
It is your responsibility to care for your tattoo. Once you leave the studio, look after it. If you have any concerns please consult your tattoo artist, who will be happy to answer your queries and check on the condition of your tattoo.