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9 Essential Tips for Tattoo Aftercare

It's for life; treat it with the care it deserves.

Don't get infected, bruh!

So you’ve found the perfect artist, put down your deposit, gone through your consultation, sat through the pain, and walked out of that tattoo studio with the tattoo of your dreams. Now what? Now it’s time to ensure that your gorgeous new piece of artwork stays that way!

You might commission an artist to paint something, but how and where you hang your painting determines how long it will last. The same is all too true for tattoos. So here are our top tips to make sure that your tattoo stays bright and beautiful for years to come!

portrait tattoo

Source: Inked

Credit: Inked


Make sure to wash your new tattoo several times a day with a soft, non-scented, antibacterial soap (Dial Soap Gold or SoftSoap are great brands to use) to keep it clean and avoid potential infection. Make sure to do this for two to three weeks (or until the tattoo is more or less healed). Remember, never touch your tattoo unless you have just washed your hands!

One artist told me to go straight to plain, scent-free, dye-free lotion.

I started using... um, personal feminine wash. As it's SLS free, dye-free, everything free and gentle. If it's good enough for my undercarriage, it's good enough for my ink!

Immediately pat dry with a CLEAN paper towel.