AFTER THE TATTOO

Once the tattoo is done and cleaned, we will dress it with clingfilm. The only role of the clingfilm is to protect your tattoo from potential shocks or rubbing from your clothes and to keep it away from contact with bacteria or dirt. During the hours following your tattoo, and up to 24 hours, your skin will “get rid off” the excess of ink, which is perfectly normal. The clingfilm will also keep your clothes clean. You will not keep this dressing more than a couple of hours. It's really just a protection until you get home and can wash it again. So, once you get home, you will need to clean it. You hands must be clean, and you must be in a clean environment. Use disposable hand towels or a towel that will be used by you only. Use a soap, ideally PH neutral and with no perfumes or coloring agents (they can irritate your skin). Don't rub, your skin is still sensitive. Wash delicately, and run under water to rince it off. A shower works great too, but no bath. The water stagnates and you have a much greater risk of a bacterial infection. Pat your skin dry, softly.



Dressing

- Clingfilm until you get home
- Protects your tattoo
- Protects your clothes

Cleaning

- PH netral soap, no perfumes or additives
- Don't rub
- Rince then pat dry

Hygiene

- Clean hands and environment
- Single use towel (paper towel)
- Don't share your towel with others


What not to do

- Don't let anybody touch your tattoo
- No bath, jacuzzi, swimming pool or sea.
- Don't keep the clingfilm more than 2-3 hours




1ST PHASE OF HEALING

During the 4 days following your tattoo, your skin is still a wound and needs to be treated as one. You will be particularly vulnerable to bacteria, which is why we recommend the use of a healing cream (cicatryl, bépanthen, homéoplasmine, etc.) and bandages. When you put the cream on, don't use too much. This is crucial. You don' want to suffocate your tattoo, it must still be able to breath. Some creams, like Bépanthen, are harder to spread, making them a bit more uncomfortable to use when your skin is still sensitive. The bandage must hold well, don't hesitate to use medical tape. Because this phase is so important, don't hesitate to wash and change your bandage several times a day. A good rhythm could be to do it 3 times a day, morning midday and evening. Try to avoid tight clothing too.



Summary

- A tattoo is basically a wound
- You are vulnerable to bacteria
- Lasts about 4 days
- Clean, apply cream, dress

Dressing

- Wash your tattoo regularly
- Change the dressing 2-3 times a day
- Clean hands and towels
- Healing cream

Cream

- Not too much cream!
- Don't rub, spread gently
- Don't share your cream with other people

Hygiene

- Don't touch your tattoo without cleaning your hands first
- Don't scratch, rub or shave

Sport / Clothing

- Avoid contact or aquatic sports
- No tight clothes
- Beware of fabrics (some can irritate)




2ND PHASE OF HEALING

Now that your tattoo isn't an open wound anymore, you will be less vulnerable to contaminations. But your tattoo isn't healed yet. So for the following month, you must keep it cleaned and hydrated. Always favour showers to baths, and apply cream. Again, it's best to use a little but often than too much not often. And if you're not coming straight out of the shower, wash your hands. A cream that we recommend is actually virgin coconut oil. It's solid at room temperature, but melts easily. If it's solid, scoop it out, or if need be, put the pot in hot water:on a heater and it will melt quickly. The advantage of coconut oil is that you don't need much, it's actually hard to put too much on, and it's so easy to spread. There isn't a hard and fast rule as to how often you should apply cream. Be attentive to your skin; if it's dry, you'll feel it and see it, so put some cream on. Your tattoo will take on average a month to fully heal. Once healed, it will be mat and perfectly smooth when you pass your fingers on it. If you can feel a scab, hydrate. If it's shiny, it's not healed, so hydrate if need be. During this phase, it might be itchy. Don't scratch! Always favour loose clothing if possible and avoid certain fabrics that can irritate your skin, such as wool, nylon and synthetics.



Summary

- Not a wound anymore, but not healed either
- Phase 2 will last 1 month
- If there are scabs, or your tattoo shines, it's not healed yet

Hygiene and Cream

- We recommend virgin coconut oil
- Little cream but often. Listen to your skin.
- Always with clean hands

Hygiene and Cream

- Not too much cream
- No need to dress it, your tattoo needs to breath
- Don't scratch!




ONCE

Now that your tattoo is fully healed, your biggest job is to protect it. Use sun block!



Summary

-Use total sun block UVA/UVB
- Good hydration