Getting a new tattoo is a big deal—and so is knowing how to take care of it afterwards. Whether you spent tons of time carefully deciding what to get or took a spontaneous leap of faith, we’re willing to bet that you want to keep your new ink looking as good as possible for a long time.

Aside from the looks, it’s also important to make sure you avoid infection when getting a tattoo since it is technically a wound marked on your body.

Having a new tattoo is nice, but its long-term quality is determined by the aftercare.

Worry not, here at Electric Underground, we will provide you with helpful tips to keep your skin healthy and your ink bold:

Aftercare for a new tattoo

Leave your bandage/wrap on until told by the artist

While some artists may ask you to leave your bandage on for only an hour, others may ask you to keep it on for a whole day. Your tattoo artist knows which length of time is best for you and your ink, so ensure you listen to their advice.

Wash your tattoo well after removing the bandage/wrap 

Wash your tattoo thoroughly using warm water and an unscented, alcohol-free soap to remove any excess dried blood and plasma.

Pat your tattoo dry after cleaning it 

Use a clean paper towel to dry your tattoo by gently patting the area. Do not rub.

Apply a thin layer of lotion 

After cleaning your tattoo, ensure the area is completely dry before applying a very thin layer of your chosen tattoo aftercare lotion to help moisturize and nourish the area.

Repeat the cleaning process until the tattoo is fully healed 

Remember that your tattoo isn’t completely safe from germs and bacteria until it has completely finished scabbing and peeling. Continue to wash the tattoo until this point (usually 2-4 weeks).

Don’t pick and pull at the flaking/scabbing skin 

Picking away at your healing tattoo can delay healing, cause fading, and increase the chances of infection.

Stay away from the sun 

Don’t expose your new tattoo to intense sunlight and don’t apply any sun lotion to the area until it has fully healed. It will irritate your tattoo and delay your healing process

Stay away from water 

All bodies of water can contain nasty bacteria that can ruin a new tattoo if you’re not careful. Stick to short showers until your skin has fully healed, and don’t go swimming.

Continue to look after your tattoo 

Once healed, keep your tattoo well protected from the sun and ensure you continue to moisturize the area regularly. Healthy skin means a healthy-looking tattoo.

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