Getting a tattoo from Mystic Owl Tattoo is a big decision, and taking care of it properly is important to ensure that it heals properly and looks its best. Whether you are a first-time tattoo recipient or have multiple tattoos, it’s important to know how to take care of your new ink. Failing to do so can see your tattoo prematurely fade and worse, becoming completely illegible. In this blog post, we will outline the steps you should take to ensure that your tattoo heals properly and looks great for years to come. These steps are simple things you can implement right away without any extra cost.
- Keep the Bandage On: After getting a tattoo, your artist will likely cover it with a bandage. Keep the bandage on for at least two hours, or for as long as your artist recommends. This will help prevent infection and protect your tattoo from external elements. For a tattoo to set properly, the scar tissue needs to be allowed to heal properly. Taking off your bandage early can impede the healing process and lead to the ink running out of your pores.
- Clean Your Tattoo: Once you remove the bandage, wash your hands thoroughly and then clean your tattoo with a gentle soap and warm water. Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel. Avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, as these can irritate the skin and slow down the healing process. Do not scrub your skin or use any harsh materials on it otherwise this could have adverse side effects.
- Moisturize: Keeping your tattoo moisturized is key to a successful healing process. Apply a thin layer of a fragrance-free lotion or ointment to your tattoo several times a day. Avoid using petroleum jelly, as this can clog the pores and trap bacteria in the tattoo. A good, neutral moisturizer is ideal and many tattooists will supply you with the appropriate product once they are done. But don’t stop there, keep applying moisture for years to come to ensure its viability.
- Avoid Sun Exposure: Exposure to the sun can cause your tattoo to fade and become discolored. Be sure to protect your tattoo from direct sunlight for at least two weeks after getting it, and always use a high-SPF sunscreen to protect it from further damage.
- Don’t Pick at the Scabs: It’s natural for a tattoo to form scabs as it heals, but it’s important not to pick at these scabs, as this can cause the tattoo to fade or become infected. Let the scabs naturally fall off on their own.
- Avoid Hot Tubs and Swimming: Hot tubs, pools, and other bodies of water can contain bacteria that can harm your tattoo. Avoid these activities for at least two weeks after getting your tattoo to allow it to heal properly.
- Get Regular Touch-Ups: Depending on the size and location of your tattoo, you may need touch-ups to keep it looking its best. Regular touch-ups can help maintain the color and detail of your tattoo, and can help prevent it from becoming blurry or faded over time.
- Seek Medical Attention If Necessary: If you experience any redness, swelling, or pain around your tattoo, seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms could indicate an infection or other problem with the healing process.
Taking care of your new tattoo requires patience and diligence, but by following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your tattoo heals properly and looks great for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about your tattoo, don’t hesitate to speak with your tattoo artist. They will be able to provide you with the information and advice you need to take the best possible care of your new ink.