Congratulations! You're now the owner of a brand new tattoo. But what do you do now? Well, if you've had a tattoo before, then you probably know everything you're about to read here - but it never hurts to refresh your memory. If you've never had a tattoo before, however, then you must read this and adhere to the instructions below. It can be the difference having a great looking tattoo that'll stay looking great for many years or a painful, scabby one that'll most likely need retouching sooner rather than later.
Remove and throw away dressing from anywhere between 2 to 24 hours, depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo. Ask us if you are unsure.
Wash gently with warm water and soap and your bare hand. Do not use a flannel or similar.
Pat area dry lightly with a clean towel.
Wash hands before applying a small amount of cream - we recommend Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment. Yes, it's a nappy rash cream, but don't laugh! It works wonders on tattoos. Make sure the cream is rubbed in well to the tattoo and do not leave any on the surface of the skin. This cream may be used 2 times a day.
Repeat this process daily until the tattoo is healed. (Wash once a day - cream twice)
Whilst your tattoo is healing do not to pick, scratch, deface or infect it with any substance. This is what leads to bad scarring and poor looking tattoos!
Try not to sleep on it or wear clothing that will rub on it.
Do not swim with it and avoid using a sunbed until the tattoo is fully healed.