- Remove the bandage anytime after an hour. You DO NOT need to re-bandage your tattoo.
- Wash your hands and then the tattoo using an antibacterial soap (such as Dial or Provon) and warm water. Pat it dry with a clean paper towel or let it air dry.
- Once dry, apply a very thin coat of ointment (A&D ointment or Aquaphor) to the tattoo. Only use enough to make it shine, a little goes a long way. There should be just enough to keep the tattoo moist and to keep it from scabbing.
- Apply ointment twice a day for two to three days then switch to a regular *unscented* moisturizer, Lubriderm, Curel, or Jergens. Apply moisturizer twice a day for the remainder of three weeks. DO NOT use lotions that contain color or fragrance until the healing is complete.
- The tattoo will become dry and peel like a sunburn (DO NOT peel your tattoo, you will pull the ink out) DO NOT scrub or scratch the tattoo and it is perfectly normal to see small flakes of colored skin falling off during this stage of healing.
- DO NOT soak tattoo under water for too long. No swimming, hot tubs, baths and saunas. Short showers are best, under ten minutes if possible.
- DO NOT scratch or pick at the tattoo. It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during the healing time.
- NO sun or tanning. Whether the tattoo is new or old, if you want it to look nice and heal properly, keep it out of the sun. If you must be in the sun make sure the tattoo is covered. Once it is fully healed you can go back in the sun or a tanning bed and make sure you put on a high quality sunblock. Never put sunblock on a tattoo that is still healing.
- Following all of these simple steps will ensure that you end up with the best result and your tattoo will stay looking bright and bold for many years to come.