Looking after your new tattoo well is essential if you want it to look its best once healed. That's why it is important to have an efficient and easy aftercare method.
The typical healing process for the body to repair broken skin (such as a scratch, a graze, or a tattoo) is to dry up the area and form a scab.
A scab is a temporary protection that allows the skin to repair the cells underneath while being protected from outside contaminants (such as germs, bacteria and viruses).
However as a scab forms, tattoo pigment gets pushed out of the skin, resulting in a less vibrant and colourful tattoo than if no scabbing had taken place. An easy way to dramatically reduce the amount of scabbing is to introduce an artificial skin/barrier which will remove to the need for your body to form a scab over your fresh tattoo.
Cling film works very well for this purpose, as it will prevent your skin from drying up, while protecting it from outside contaminants and reducing friction against clothing. It greatly speeds up healing time and reduces scabbing.
However cling film is a NON-breathable film, it means that no air or oxygen is allowed to the area. If left unchanged on the skin for a long period of time it will encourage bacteria to grow under the film, and instead of accelerating the healing process it will increase risk of infection. This is easily avoided by carefully following our aftercare routine as outlined below: Looking after your new tattoo is going to be done in two stages: Stage 1 (duration: 48h) Your tattoo needs to be wrapped up in cling film at all times during the next 48h in order to not dry up and must be cleaned regularly.
We suggest changing the film 4 times a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner & bedtime. It is very important that the film gets changed at least 4 times a day, and that it is done at regular intervals. This is how to proceed: Wash your hands Remove the film and throw away, NEVER re-use the same film twice. Wash your tattoo with mild soap (baby soap/ ph neutral/ unscented/ Dove/etc...) under running warm water. Lather well but without scrubbing for 30 seconds until the skin looks smooth and clean. It is common to see a goo-like substance build up on the surface of the tattoo for the first couple of days. This is normal and it washes away in a few seconds. No soaking your tattoo in bath water or swimming pools while healing. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel which is used only for your tattoo.
Once the skin looks touch dry apply a small amount of aftercare ointment. Rub it in gently with no excess.
We recommend using natural aftercare like our on range which is made from natural organic ingredients, or use coconut oil, shea butter, unscented cocoa butter.
If you're stuck you can use E45 but only in very small amounts.
Wrap your tattoo in cling film, apply tape to secure it to the skin, and you're done! Repeat this process as needed until the end of stage 1. DO NOT let anyone touch your tattoo while healing, unless it is to apply balm with clean hands. Stage 2 (duration 5 days) Stop using cling film.
From this point your body should have repaired the skin and produced new skin cells, which will be in need of a lot of moisture. How to process: Wash your tattoo twice a day, or any times it gets dirty.
Wash with mild soap as before, pat it dry, and apply a small amount of aftercare balm. Apply small amount of balm regularly, as often as the skin needed. That is every time it looks dry, feels tight, looks flaky or peeling a bit.
In the first couple of days after removing the cling film, the skin will seem to absorb the moisturiser like a sponge. Simply carry on applying small amounts until the skin looks smooth and nourished.
As the days go by, you will need to apply to balm less frequently, until the skin has gone back to normal. This may take up to 1 week, but usually lasts around 4/5 days. Long term aftercare: Tattoos and the sun are not friends. Period. Sunlight breaks down the pigment in your tattoo, which means it will end up looking faded and fuzzy very quickly.
We strongly recommend you always apply sunblock cream whenever you are going to be exposed to strong sunlight (summer time/ holidays abroad/etc...). This will help your tattoo stay sharp and vibrant for many years.DEATHS DOORTATTOO AFTERCAREThanks for choosing us for your new tattoo, here's some info to make looking after your new piece easy!Supplys you'll need:Cling film & TapeSkin kind soaprecommended aftercare ointments- Bio Oil/coconut oil/E45/Cocoa butterHussel butter* Remove clingfilm after 2-3 hours & gently rinse off the area with warm water & a mild soap (nothing to chemical or perfume heavy)* Allow to air dry (a couple of minutes are normany enough) * Aply a THIN layer of aftercare ointment to the area.* Aply new CLEAN cling film.* Repeat this process every 3-4 hours for the first 2 days.* Sleeping with the cling film on is recommended as it prevents irritation & drying out during sleep (it also protects your bed sheets from staining)* On the 3rd day, continue to regularly clean & moisturise your tattoo, but Do not use the cling film as it is no longer necessary.* Keep on regularly moisturising until the tattoo has fully healed.* Typical healing time is 2-4 weeks, depending on skin type & the area of the body tattooed. During this time it is perfectly normal for your new tattoo to be more sensitive & itchy, don't worry this does go away as it heals.Other useful tips- *Absolutely No picking! *Avoid swimming or baths for the first 2 weeks (showering is fine) *Protect your tattoo from strong sun, keep covered or use a strong sun block to prevent sun damage.Don't forget looking after your tattoo until it's healed is up to you now & will affect the overall result.Need any further help? Please don't hesitate to call us at the shop for advice, we are here to help!