Keep your bandage or foil on for 3 hours. ‘Second Skin’ can stay on for 6 days, afterwards you can remove it under the shower. Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!
Take off the bandage and gently wash your tattoo with PH neutral soap and lukewarm water.
Pat dry with a clean towel and apply a thin coat of lotion or salve (Bepanthen or Calendulan). I recommend all natural products. Don’t use Vaseline. Re-apply twice a day for 2 weeks.
Wear loose clothing (nothing woolen), avoid getting dirt on your tattoo, swimming, saunas, heavy excercise (especially if your tattoo is near a joint), and do not pick or scratch your scabs. Also don’t put anything on your tattoo that avoids it ‘breathing’.
During healing, also mind your pets as their hairs can cause irritation.
When your tattoo is healed, apply a high SPF sunscreen or cover your tattoo entirely when in the sun.
Contact your doctor if suffering from a bleeding, swollen, very painful tattoo.