How do I Look after my new Tattoo or Piercing?

 

Whether it’s a new tattoo or piercing the way you look after it is very important. Correctly following the aftercare you are given will limit the chances of it healing badly. After your tattoo or piercing is complete it is solely your responsibility to make sure proper care is given, by taking this little extra time to care for it make a massive difference to how it heals.

Because everyone is different healing times can vary, the aftercare we provide here is the general aftercare we recommend to our customers as we have found that in most cases its the best way to look after a new tattoo or piercing. However please always follow the aftercare your artist or piercer has given you.

Also please be sure to check the ingredients to any of the products we recommend before using to make sure you don’t have an allergy to of the ingredients. 

Tattoo After Care

 

Now that your tattoo is completed it is solely your responsibility to ensure proper care of your new tattoo.

It is very important that you follow all of these steps correctly; failure to do so may prolong healing times. Poor aftercare can also result in infection.

 

To heal your tattoo your will need to buy a few items...

 

Anti Bacterial Soap. Such as CARE X original or HIBISCRUB.

Cocoa Butter the fragrance free one by Palmers works really well.

Don’t use any other creams unless we have told you to. Other cream’s can clog you tattoo and cause damage.

A new role of kitchen paper, we would highly recommend PLENTY, as it leaves no fibres

 

 

  • After your tattoo has been completed keep the dressing on your new tattoo for 2-3 hours.

  • When you are at home or in a clean environment wash your hands down using an anti bacterial soap (CARE X or HIBISCRUB)

  • With clean hands remove the dressing from your tattoo and wash it down using the anti bacterial soap and warm water, making sure to remove any dried blood, ink or ointment left over from the tattooing process.

  • Rinse the tattoo with cold water making sure there is no soap left on the tattoo.

  • With your tattoo now clean allow the tattoo to air dry or dab it dry using a good quality paper kitchen towel. DO NOT rub at the tattoo or use tissue paper or a bath towel as this may leave fibres stuck to your tattoo.

  • Now the tattoo is clean and dry apply a small amount of Cocoa Butter to your tattoo. Only use a small amount, enough to put a thin layer over the tattoo. Over creaming your tattoo can damage it so rather use a smaller amount more frequently than putting loads on it in one go. It’s best not to let your tattoo totally dry out during this time. If you have followed all the steps above you should find the tattoo starts to look plastic-like and after a few days start peeling. However this can also depend on the area the tattoo is in & also the fact that everyone heals slightly differently. If there is a small amount of scabbing don’t worry, just let is fall off on its own! NO PICKING!!!

  • Repeat the above steps 3-5 times a day or as specified.

 

 

WHILE YOUR TATTOO IS HEALING….

 

 

  • DON’T pick or scratch at your tattoo. This WILL damage it.

  • DON’T soak your tattoo in water, swim or use a steam room for the first 2-3 weeks,

  • DON’T go on a sunbed or expose your tattoo to strong direct sun light for the first 4 weeks. If you do use sunbeds or like to sunbathe after your tattoo has healed then always use an spf-30 suntan cream on your tattoo. This will help protect it and stop fading.

  • DON’T use other creams (unless we have specified one to you).

  • AND PLEASE DON’T listens to your friend’s advice when it comes to healing your tattoo. Although they mean well they are most probably not a professional tattooists. We have given you this aftercare because we have found it works best for our customers and us.

 

This may seam like a lot to do but a tattoo is a lifetime commitment. The first 1-2 weeks of the healing process are the most important during your new tattoos life and how well you look after your tattoo will determine how your tattoo will look for the rest of your life. 

 

Body Piercing Care

 

Congratulations on your new piercing, now the responsibility falls solely on you to ensure proper care is taken to limit the chances of developing an aftercare infection.

 

Instructions

 

Always wash your hands before cleaning your new piercing.

 

  • Mix 1/4 of a teaspoon of sea salt to 350ml of boiled water (wait for the water to cool before using to clean your piercing)

  • Clean twice daily. Use a cotton bud to clean around the piercing to remove any dried lymph (crusties!). Turning the jewellery isn’t necessary.

  • Keep your new piercing as dry as possible in the healing process, preferably shower and avoid soaking in the bath or swimming.

  • Do not touch your new piercing unnecessarily.

  • Keep your piercing clean and avoid contact with body fluids or other possible bacterial carriers!

 

Redness, swelling, lymph secretions and soreness are all quite normal to the healing process.

If you have any concerns do not remove the jewellery and contact your piercer first.

 

Thank you and enjoy your new piercing!

Oral Piercing care

 

Congratulations on your new piercing, now the responsibility falls solely on you to ensure proper care is taken to limit the chances of developing an aftercare infection.

 

Instructions

 

Always wash your hands before cleaning your new piercing

 

​For the outside of the piercing (disregard this if you've had your tongue, tongue web or frenulum pierced) 

 

  • Mix 1/4 of a teaspoon of sea salt to 350ml of boiled water (wait for the water to cool before using to clean your piercing)

  • Clean twice daily. Use a cotton bud to clean around the piercing to remove any dried lymph (crusties!). Turning the jewellery isn’t necessary.

 

For the inside of the piercing

 

  • Mix 1/2 of non-alcoholic mouthwash with 1/2 water in a new bottle and rinse your mouth as much as you need to, for example after eating, drinking or smoking.

  • Don’t touch your new piercing unnecessarily

  • Keep your piercing clean and avoid contact with body fluids or other possible bacterial carriers.

  • For your first 3-7 days eat soft foods and avoid anything to spicy, acidic or salty.

  • For the first two weeks no drinking alcohol, as this can slow down the healing of your piercing and prolong swelling.

 

Thank you and enjoy your new piercing!