HOW TO HEAL YOUR TATTOO WITH INK NURSE
Healing your tattoo correctly can be a daunting process so I'm here to break it down for you and make this as easy as possible.
Whether you use a second skin or the more traditional style of healing, Ink Nurse works seamlessly with both.
Below are instructions from artists on our team, for the best possible heal!
Traditional healing is basically when your Artist cleans your fresh tattoo, wraps you up in cling film and sends you on your way. This can be the scariest way to heal for anyone who's new to being tattooed and it can be hard to know exactly what to expect.
I've listed step by step instructions for an easy traditional heal below.
Day 1 - Same day as your appointment.
When you get home from your appointment you have around 4 hours between when you were cleaned and wrapped up to when you'll need to re-wash and re-wrap.
Start your healing process by washing your tattoo with antibacterial soap, be super gentle as your tattoo may be sore or sensitive.
Air dry or pat dry with a fresh paper towel (do not use a bath towel as they can be full of germs).
Once dry, re-wrap the tattoo with cling film (or a similar alternative) and repeat process every 4 hours until its time for bed.
Clean and re-wrap your tattoo right before you get into bed. I would suggest using medical tape around the edges as the tattoo will expel fluid over night, leaking and staining your bed sheets.
You'll notice when you unwrap your tattoo that it may appear slimy and covered with inky fluid, don't panic this is totally normal!
Once the tattoo is washed thoroughly and dried, it's time to use a thin layer of Ink Nurse! Always making sure to cover the tattoo evenly.
Repeat washing, drying and applying at least 4 times a day. Unlike other tattoo care creams, Ink Nurse allows your tattoo to breathe so there is no risk of smothering it if you follow these directions properly.
Repeat day 2!
You'll start to notice your tattoo begin to flake, similar to sunburn. DON'T PICK at your skin! Potentially causing harm to your tattoo and leading to infection. A lot of bacteria lives under your nails, so remember, don't touch your tattoo without washing your hands first!
Let the tattoo 'flake off' naturally. If there are some areas that are starting to scab, Ink Nurse will help to soften them so they can fall off naturally.
See our Blog Post about 'How to keep a tattoo clean' HERE.
Day 5 - Onward
As the 14 day healing cycle plays out, your tattoo will shed the rest of the dead skin within the first week. It may appear shiny over the second week and then progress to settle in over the first month of the healing process.
The best way to keep your tattoo healthy is keeping it clean and using Ink Nurse religiously for the first month and then regularly from then on.
Remember that it actually takes 6 months for your tattoo to fully settle into the epidermis and that keeping your skin healthy and nourished is the only way to get the best, brightest result possible.
Now we have gone through the Do's of Tattoo Aftercare, we will quickly address the DONT'S.
On your appointment day your artist would have gone through what to avoid when healing so here is a quick reminder of things not to do for the first 14 days.
No swimming! This includes, pools, lakes, the ocean etc.
Do not submerge your tattoo! This means no baths, however showers are fine.
No direct sunlight! Don't stand in the sun with your tattoo exposed, it'll burn and hurt so you wont want to anyway.
No excessive sweating! Don't exercise for the first 5 days, the tattoo needs to pass the peeling phase. Avoid anything that will cause unnecessary movement to the tattooed area, this can cause trauma to the skin which can end in infection, scabbing, or a rough heal.
Avoid tight clothes! Such as active wear, tight jeans etc. your tattoo could end up being smothered, sweating or sticking to the fabric, you want your tattoo to breathe during the first week.
No Fragrances! do not used scented washes, soaps, moisturisers, perfumes etc.
Finally, No dirt! Don't let dust, dirt or sand touch your tattoo, keep it clean and have a safe heal!
Betty wrote a Blog Post on what happens if you do NOT take care of your tattoos, Read HERE.
- Betty, Your friendly resident nurse xx