Why tattoo aftercare is so important
When most sensible people think about getting a tattoo, they do their research about what sort of design to get, find a tattoo studio with a great reputation and look for the best tattoo artist for the job.
But what about aftercare? Knowing how to look after your tattoo once it's been completed is essential to keep it looking its best. You’ll need to know how to keep it clean, dry and sterile. Here are a few reasons why tattoo aftercare is so important.
It keeps your tattoo looking its best
Whilst you might want to show off your new tattoo straight away, it's imperative that your tattoo is protected during the first few days while the healing process takes place. You'll want a good tattoo to be with you for life so you'll also want to keep it looking as good as it did when you first walked out of the studio.
It prevents infection
In the worst case scenario, your tattoo could become infected due to poor aftercare. Your skin will be inflamed after the tattoo but your tattooist should ensure a fresh tattoo is covered with an appropriate dressing immediately after tattooing is finished. This will protect it from infection.
You shouldn’t however keep cling films or dressings on for longer than necessary. It’s important to let your skin breathe once you’ve had a tattoo and keeping it covered continually can make the skin suffocate, which can also cause infection.
Tattoo artist’s opinions differ on how long you should leave a dressing on after a tattoo but most agree that it should be a minimum of two hours and no more than six.
A product like Dermalize Protective Tattoo Film is an excellent choice as it acts as an all-in-one tattoo aftercare solution for the initial healing stage of a tattoo. In essence, this film is a second skin which works as a barrier to protect the tattoo wound from germs and bacteria and at the same time is permeable, allowing the skin to breathe.
Aftercare products help aid healing
Using aftercare products such as Tattoo Goo’s range is a sure fire way to aid healing and protect your tattoo. Tattoo Goo doesn’t include ingredients such as lanolin and petroleum which means that you aren’t likely to have an allergic reaction to the product, reducing your chances of infection even further.
It supports your skin in the healing process
Anything you can do to make your skin heal more efficiently is obviously a positive and you can buy a number of creams and products to speed up the healing process.
However it’s important that you don’t overapply any aftercare product. Like keeping a dressing on for too long, overapplying aftercare products can cause your tattooed skin to clog and prevent healing. Follow your tattooist’s instructions with any aftercare product they recommend. Most will advise you to only apply a thin layer sparingly.
Your tattoo artist should have plenty of recommendations but the aforementioned Tattoo Goo is one of the most popular products available - and for good reason. This ointment is packed with ingredients designed to provide moisture which is needed to protect your tattoo during the first few days.
Everyone heals differently but with the right aftercare, your tattoo will always look as vibrant as it does now.
It starts good habits – because tattoo aftercare is for life
Deeper layers of skin can take up to 4 to 6 months to fully heal so using a specialised tattoo aftercare lotion during this time is a wise investment. Tattooed areas of skin can have increased sensitivity to sunlight and any colour will fade with prolonged exposure to UV light.
With Tattoo Goo offering a complete aftercare set for just £9.99 which includes a lotion with SPF 30 this is a sure-fire way to continually protect and enhance your body art.