Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Caring for you new tattoo.

Hooray! You just got inked and you love your new tattoo! At least we hope that you love that newest piece of body art. We hope as well your tattoo artist has shared with you the do's and don'ts. The next few weeks will decide if you have a tattoo that has healed properly or one that looks old even though it's brand spanking new.

1. If your artist has bandaged your tattoo, some use cling wrap these days, remove the bandage after 2 hours. Your tattoo needs to breathe!

2. Wash your tattoo with warm water and mild soap. Do not re-bandage the tattoo! You may however want to take precautions at night. Use old bed sheets and pillow cases. Your tattoo may ooze and you don't want that on your expensive silk sheets.

3. Apply cream to your tattoo. We recommend Healix Gold (click here). Ideally you should apply cream 3 to 4 times a day.

4. Never ever pick at the scabs. We know it's tempting but DON'T DO IT! When you pick or scratch, there is the potential that you'll tear away skin tissue and the underlying ink.

5. Stay out of the sun! Direct sunlight bleaches the colors in your tattoo. A good example would be to look at the tattoos of a lifeguard. If you do have to be in the sun for a long period, do use sunblock with an SPF of 30 or more. Ed Hardy has a product that's ideal for tattoos. Please click here to view our tattoo care products page.

6. Stay away from the swimming pool and sea.


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