TIME TO HEAL
The tips below will help ensure you have a smooth, comfortable healing process. Every person's body heals differently, so, if you notice your tattoo healing a bit slower or more quickly than this timeline, that is a-okay! These numbered days are just a rough estimate. Your tattoo will heal in it's own time just the way it's meant to.
An important tip! Avoid the ocean, lakes, pools, pets, dirty hands, tight clothing, sauna’s, and the like for 2 weeks! Your tattoo is an open wound. Be sure to avoid any risk of infection!
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After most sessions, our artists will apply a medical-grade bandage over the tattooed area. For the first few days, let your bandage do the work! Leave your bandage on for three to five days during this initial healing process. It's breathable and waterproof! You can wear clothes over it too! During this time, avoid rigorous exercise, sun exposure, and saunas. Just spend time relaxing. You don't want too sweat - this would trap sweat underneath the bandage which would not make your new tattoo very happy.
Small pockets of liquid (ink and/or plasma) may form beneath the bandage. This is totally normal. Leave them be. If you feel any discomfort or irritation, or if any soap, sweat, or dirt gets trapped between the bandage and your skin, you can remove the bandage early. It is a luxury, not a requirement. Even if you remove the bandage just hours after your session, you'll heal just fine as long as you keep the area clean.
The bandage has a strong adhesive, so remove it slowly. We have found these two methods work best. First, hop in a warm shower to open up your pours. You can A) pull a corner of the bandage away from the bandage running parallel to your arm. This will stretch the bandage and the adhesive allow it to comfortable lift of your skin. (The motion is similar to how a command strip for wall hooks works.) You can also B) pull the bandage back over itself in the direction of your hair growth. Pulling upward on the bandage (perpendicular to your skin) can be a bit uncomfortable.
After removal, use a mild liquid soap to gently cleanse the area. If there is any adhesive still on your skin, that’s a-okay. It’ll come off on it’s own. When you hop out of the shower pat your tattoo dry with a sanitary paper towel (do not rub it). Then, spread a thin layer of a simple moisturize over the tattoo. Massage it into your skin gently. Less is more. Don’t apply too much moisturizer - let the tattoo breath. Always wash your hands before touching your new tattoo and, if it touches a dirty surface, be sure to give it a wash right away!
Now bandage free, wash and moisturize your new tattoo twice a day - morning and night. We recommend simple, natural products to avoid any possible irritation from additives and strong, scented oils. We offer an all-natural, hand made and bottled aftercare kit. Or, we can make recomendations of other products you can use. As your tattoo heals, it may start to feel tight and itchy. You can apply witch hazel to soothe itching. Icing the tattoo is quite soothing as well! (Just be sure to use a sanitary barrier between your ice pack and the tattoo - a paper towels will work just fine.) The tattoo will begin to peel like a sunburn. Bits of color may peel off. This is just a normal part of the healing process. As you gently apply moisturizer each day, small bits of peeled skin will naturally roll away under your fingers. A very important note - do not pick or scratch the peeling skin! This could result in color loss. Allow it to come off naturally. At this point, exercise is okay. Sweating will not hurt your tattoo. After exercising, wash and pat your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel. Then, moisturize away. Apply additional witch hazel and moisturizer as needed. Wear loose clothing that covers your tattoo from the sun. Relax these few days. Allow your body to feel good and heal well.
AFTER DAY 7
Your tattoo will continue to peel, itch, and visibly heal until about day 14. Each person's body heals differently. Some more quickly, some take an extra day or two. Around week two or three or so, you may notice the tattoo seems faded. Not to worry! This is another part of the healing process. The tattoo is finding its home in your skin. The top layers of your skin will naturally settle as the healing process comes to an end and your tattoo will look vibrant and beautiful. It may take a full 6 weeks to fully settle, but after just 2-3 weeks your skin will feel like it’s normal self. From there, keep it protected! Tattoos age as your skin ages so sunscreen and moisturizer are your friend.