After finishing with lotions or specialty products, it is necessary to keep the tattoo clean and apply lotion, in case of necessity rather than ointment in order to keep the skin soft. However, no matter whatever lotion is applied, it is to be dye and fragrance free.
Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs and Swimming
There is no contraindication to taking a shower with a new tattoo. Moreover, there is nothing to be afraid of if the tattoo gets wet, the only NO is to soak it. Submerging the tattoo in a bath or in a hot tub can possibly become the reason of some serious damage, so, these should better be avoided for about 2 – 3 weeks; however, taking a shower is perfectly fine as long as the tattoo does not get saturated. And even in case if some soap or shampoo gets on the tattoo, it is possible simply to remove it quickly with a big amount of water. As for swimming, no matter whether it is going to be in a pool, fresh water or salt water, it should better be avoided for about 2 – 3 weeks.
Scabbing and Peeling
Some peeling and even possibly a little scabbing is considered is quite a normal phenomenon a few days after having a new tattoo on. However, in case if scabbing is excessive, it can be a sign of a poorly – done tattoo, though a little is sometimes normal, and there is no reason to get panicked at all. The scabs should be treated by application warm moist compresses to them for about 5 – 10 minutes 2 – 3 times a day; this will make them softer and they will eventually come off on their own. However, it is necessary to point out, that neither lotion, nor ointment should be applied to a softened scab – one will have to wait up until it gets dry. Moreover, even some itching is possible, and there may be a feeling of being sunburn when scabbing begins to get healed. Here is the only appropriate advice – never pick and never scratch! In case if there is itching, you can slap it; in case if the skin gets peeled, it is possible to put some lotion on it; and in case if is scabbing, simply leave it as it is. Remember, that your tattoo is practically healed, and now it is not the right time to make everything ruined.
Protection from the Sun
After your tattoo gets healed, you will have to protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun from now and on. It is possible that under the influence of these rays, the tattoo can fade and become damaged rather fast. This is why, it is necessary to have your tattoo area protected with the help of a minimum 30SPF sunblock, which will help to keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue being a source of great pride of yours.