In the US more than one out of five people has a tattoo. But is the question how to properly care for your tattoos?


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At a time, even when the tribal, the dragons and the Chinese symbols had already been widespread, that was far from today’s surge in tattoo adoption.

Tattoos now are truly democratic and there is something for everyone: the idea of a getting discreet tattoo, on the ribs for example, the David Beckham sleeve, or the real work of art that covers the entire back.

So you have just joined the ranks of tattoo enthusiasts and in the excitement of your new “I love MOM” on your arm, you have not listened to anything that your tattoo artist told you? Or put off caring for your tattoo? Here are some care tips …

WHAT TO DO JUST AFTER YOUR TATTOO SESSION ?

When you go home, you will definitely be wrapped in plastic that will serve as a dressing. When to remove it? I advise you to do it a few hours after (about 4) in order to let it breathe. Do not panic especially if it is covered with blood and ink, that’s normal! You will wash it after …

HOW TO CLEAN TATTOO ?

Very simply, use clear water and neutral pH soap. Do not put it directly under the shower or running water. Choose a clean wash glove and then wipe gently with a clean towel or compress it.

HOW TO HYDRATE A TATOO ?

Know that a tattoo takes a good ten days to heal. It will therefore be necessary to hydrate it during this period at the rate of 3 to 5 times a day (after having properly cleaned it).

During the first 3 days, I advise you to use a very rich cream like Biafine, Cicatryl or Bepanthen. Attention: only apply a thin layer! Do not apply large amounts. From the 4th day, you can use your usual moisturizer. If possible, leave it in open air or wear cotton clothing.

SCABS AND ITCHING ?

NEVER TOUCH OR SCRATCH! I know it’s very tempting to want to scratch those little scabs that will quickly appear, but DON’T DO IT! You can ruin your tattoo and make small holes.

If the itching is too great, put an ice pack on it.

Some important rules to follow for a month

  • No bathing! Neither swimming pool, nor beach, nor sauna, and certainly no hammam …
  • No exposure to the sun! (Even after a month, it is advisable to always protect the tattoo
    with a sunscreen of minimum spf 30)
  • No contact with animals
  • My last advice is to think carefully before getting tattooed … And to choose a good tattoo artist!

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