Tips for your first 48 hours after a tattoo


It’s easy to ruin or discolor your new tattoo if you don’t take care of it properly. Worse still, if neglected, your tattoo may become infected or you may need to have it touched up frequently or even completely redone. Fortunately, proper tattoo maintenance is not difficult. With the right care and the right products, your tattoo will be shiny and vibrant sooner and stay in perfect condition longer!

Here’s what to do to take care of your new tattoo

There is a tattoo healing process, a systematic approach that some of the most skilled tattoo artists share with their clients to keep the tattoo vibrant and bright.

Keep the tattoo covered

During the first hours, at least three, wear the bandage initially placed on your tattoo. When removing your bandage, please wash your hands and dry them before removing it.

wash your tattoo

Once the dressings are removed, use a fragrance-free antibacterial soap to wash the area with warm water and pat dry. Do not rub the skin and do not dry it.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize and keep moisturizing

After cleaning your tattoo, using moisturizer is a crucial step in tattoo aftercare. Keeping the area moist will protect it from cracking, drying out, and bleeding. Use a moisture-repellent product two to three times a day (every eight to ten hours) until the scabs are completely healed.

Inked Magazine recommends: Crazy Rabbit Tattoo Soothing Gel + Mad Rabbit Tattoo Balm Stick.

Apply Mad Rabbit Soothing Gel first to help soothe itching and tenderness. Follow with their unscented Tattoo Balm Stick to help lock in and double the hands-free soothing relief, even on the go.

Avoid using petroleum-based products (such as petroleum jelly or aquaphor), basically anything that includes petroleum jelly in the ingredient list. These products can actually damage your newly acquired ink. Tattoo lotions or creams containing fragrances and harsh chemicals can also damage the skin and affect the healing process.

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More Instant Conditioner Pro Tips:

  • Do not do any intense activity or training: Working out can expose the area to bacteria from sweat and gym equipment. You can also overstretch scarring skin and tearing scabs with various exercises.
  • No tight clothes: Tight clothes, just like workout clothes, can chafe against your skin or cause irritation. This can scab up, stick to lotion or gels, and cause more pain or discomfort.
  • Leave your scabs alone: The formation of scabs on your tattoo is crucial for its healing. Don’t scratch it. Use your moisturizer and try to focus on something else to clear your mind.
  • Don’t go swimming (but keep showering): You can try to “waterproof” your tattoo with liners and wraps, but it will never be completely protected, so why take the risk?
  • Use warm or cold water: When showering or cleaning your tattoo, avoid using hot water as this can loosen scabs and remove them before they have healed.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for a few days: Alcohol, although it can relieve pain, thins your blood, which can lead to excessive bleeding and other damage.
  • Do not shave after your tattoo: Running a razor or blade over a new tattoo can cause a lot of damage. It can cut skin or peel off scabs and damage fresh ink.
  • Tell your partner when you are intimate: Make sure your partner knows to avoid touching your tattoo, especially with unwashed hands. Ask them to help you apply your Tattoo Soothing Gel for a few days to stay physically connected.
  • If anything… Stay hydrated: Water is the key to your body’s natural skin barrier. It helps keep your skin clear and elastic.

Here are some of our top do’s and don’ts that we find most important. However, if your tattoo becomes infected after having it done, we recommend that you consult a doctor. Listen to your tattoo artist and maintain a good tattoo aftercare regimen with clean products.

Just because you’ve had your tattoo for a while doesn’t mean you have to stop taking care of it. Learn how to take care of your ink during the hot summer months by clicking here.


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