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How To Take Care Of Your New Tattoo, Per Experts

A new tattoo is exciting and nerve-wracking depending on how you feel about it. But there are no better things than getting a brand new one. Finally Get the ink you’ve been eyeing for a while.

It’s easy to lose sight of the important things that are happening as you get closer to your appointment. However, it is also very easy to forget that your big commitment not only to your piece of artwork that will forever live on your body but to how your tat heals.

Get to know the experts Ash AurichMiami and New York tattoo artists Uplift Tattoo; Mira MariahGirl Knew York is a New York tattoo artist.

Although anyone who isn’t used to tattoos will be familiar with the aftercare process, this information should not be surprising for people who have had them in the past. It depends on how large the tattoo is and what detail it contains. Mira Mariah“Girl Knew York” According to tattoo artists, healing takes about three to four weeks. Ash Aurich.

It is important to note that how well you care for it will affect how quickly your tattoo heals. Luckily, WH This section contains answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding tattoo aftercare.

What is the best way to clean my tattoos?

While tattoo artists may tell you that your tattoo should be washed twice per day, it is quite common, especially for the first few days. It is a good idea to wash your tattoo twice a day if your journey home will take you through dirt.Mariah suggests that you clean your car as soon you arrive home. She adds that if you have just gotten in your car to go shopping, then you are probably okay. I tell clients that you know when your clothes are dirty.

To protect your tattoo from dirt or other contaminants, your tattoo artist will apply a protective wrap to your ink at the conclusion of your appointment. However, the kind of wrap you choose may affect how the tattoo should be cared for in the following days.

You can ask your artist for something as follows: SanidermIt is most likely that you will be asked to keep it on at least 3 days. After this time, it can be removed and cleaned. A medical bandage can be removed the day after your appointment. You will then need to wash your tattoo using antibacterial soap and warm water. Mariah and Aurich suggest using Dial soap.

Clean and Refresh White Bar Soap

Dial Clean and Reveal White Bar Soap

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Do I need to let my tattoo heal naturally?

The question is still open for discussion. Many prefer to dry heal their tattoos—which is letting a tattoo heal without using the ointments and creams your artist may recommend applying after you clean them—to avoid over-moisturizing, though Mariah recommends keeping them moisturized.

According to her, she likes to let it dry with a newspaper towel or paper towel. Then, I use something to keep it moisturized. Her go-to is Hustle ButterA cream infused with coconut and mango oils that helps keep the skin moisturized after a tat.

Hustle Butter Tattoo Aftercare

Hustle Butter Deluxe Hustle Butter Tattoo Aftercare

Aurich says that something similar to the Aquaphor Healing Ointment You can also wash the tattoo to aid in this process.

Itchy tattoos. Itchy tattoos are normal.

Itching, bruising, and secretion are all normal, unless there is a more serious condition such as long-term redness or secretion. It is important to resist the temptation to pick or scratch at your ink.

You can think of it like a scab from a cut. It can be dangerous to open the wound again by tampering with it. You can let your tattoo heal on its own. However, tattoos are skin wounds that need to be treated.

What can’t I do after getting a new tattoo?

Below is a list of what you should not do following your appointment.

  • For two weeks, no swimming pool, sauna, or bath.
  • You must not exercise for more than five days.
  • Do not let your pet shed hairs or lick the tattoo.
  • Avoid direct sun to prevent fading

You might be wondering how long a tattoo should stay out of direct sunlight. The answer is… forever.

“[The sun] It really can change how tattoos look. Mariah says, “If you are cool with it, that’s fine with me.” It is important to know what you are doing before entering it. It should be protected from the sun. If girls have arm tattoos on their arms, I sometimes ask them to wrap a bandana around the arm.

Also, she stated that SPF can be a problem because of the unknown chemicals in it and the potential effects on healing. She said, “I am very concerned about non-sterile lotions getting in that new tattoo.”

top view of an unrecognizable tattoo artist tattooing an octopus design on his client's legAlvaro Medina Jurado//Getty Images

Do I need to drink before getting tattooed?

We’ve all seen a movie or show where a character gets drunk and decides to get a tattoo, but that’s not something you’ll want to do IRL—in fact, some artists won’t even let you.

You can get excessive bleeding if you drink before you have a tattoo. It can cause confusion in your artist and could lead to a poor product. You’ll also not make the most informed decisions under these circumstances. So your body can begin to heal your tattoo sooner rather than later, you want to feel great.

What if I don’t take care of my new tattoo?

You can try to avoid neglecting your tattoo. But, if you do it, then you will be okay. The aftercare helps to prevent infections. Aurich notes, however that without proper care you may not achieve the desired results.

Sabrina is an editorial assistant for Women’s Health. When she’s not writing, you can find her running, training in mixed martial arts, or reading.