As everyone's skin is unique and different when it comes to healing time we offer a range of different aftercares see list below.
Everything you need to know when looking after your new tattoo
Leave the bandage on for one to two hours. After you remove the bandage, wash your tattoo. Use warm water and mild, liquid antibacterial, or antimicrobial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a sponge or anything abrasive. If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.
Then pat the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a light application of Bepanthen. Repeat this 2-3 times a day, or when you think it needs cleaning.
If you prefer, you can also use a specialty product such as Tattoo Goo. Try not to leave the tattoo dry, especially for long periods.
During the healing process you may get some scabbing and/or skin peeling, this is natural but you must resist the temptation, don't pick, and don't scratch! You may also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here again is to resist, don't pick, and don't scratch! Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!
*We do not recommend Savlon, E45 or Sudocrem*
Bath and shower as normal, remember do not scrub your new tattoo with any sponge or abrasive pads/towels, use your hands on your new tattoo and make sure all soap is rinsed off
Swimming - whether it is in a pool, in fresh water or salt water this should be avoided for at least 2/3 weeks, or until your tattoo has healed.
Sun and Summer - The summer is the most popular time to be tattooed, although probably not the best time of year, whilst your tattoo is healing try to keep it out of direct sunlight.
We hope you enjoyed your experience at Nifty’s and look forward to seeing you again.