If you take tattoo care seriously, you will have a good-looking tattoo for years. So first day of tattoo aftercare is critical.
You finally got your dream tattoo! From the tattoo studio you will go home with a bandage or foil on the tattoo. After a few hours you can have it removed.
You should ask your artist for details on how long to wait. Recommendations will vary and may be based on the type and size of the tattoo. So some tattoo artists suggest keeping the tattoo covered for only 1 or 2 hours.
After removing the covering, you will likely notice fluid oozing from the tattoo. This is blood, plasma (the transparent part of blood) and some extra ink. This is normal. Your skin will also be red and sore. It may be slightly warm to the touch.
With clean hands, wash the tattoo with warm water and unscented soap. Then apply an unscented and alcohol-free moisturizer. Leave the cover to allow the tattoo to heal.
How quickly you heal depends on the size of your tattoo and how intricate it is. Bigger tattoos will stay red and swollen longer because they cause more trauma to your skin.
If you need, use a topical anesthetic spray to reduce excessive pain. Wear loose-fitting clothing to prevent the fabric from pressing or rubbing the tattoo. Drink lots of water! The more you hydrate, the better your skin and more vivid your tattoo.