Congratulations on your new tattoo! Now that the tattoo is finished, it's up to you to take care of it properly to insure it will heal well and last you a lifetime.
Below are detailed instructions you may find helpful on how to take care of your new tattoo.

1. Remove the bandage in two to three hours. Do not leave the bandage on overnight or re-bandage the tattoo again. During the healing process, it's best to wear loose clothing and let it breathe if possible. After removing the bandage, wash the tattoo gently with warm water and soap. After blotting it dry, apply a very thin layer of ointment ( A & D or Aquaphor ) which we will supply to you free of charge. 

2. Apply the ointment in thin layers two to three times a day, keeping the tattoo slightly moist. You should do this for 5 to 7 days, depending on how fast you heal. If you let it dry out it will form scabs and take longer to heal. It's best to apply the ointment thinly more frequently if needed rather than blobbing it on. 

3. After 5 to 7 days, stop using the ointment and apply skin lotion two to three times a day for the next few weeks until the skin is smoothed out. Preferably, unscented and less oily lotion. It will look wrinkly and shiny right after peeling but the lotion will speed up the healing process to blend the tattoo into normal skin. It may take up to a month to look finally healed. 

4. As the tattoo is healing it will form a crust or scab that  will start peeling and falling off in a few days. You may see bits of color in the peeling crust. Don't worry, this is completely normal. It may be itchy but do not pick or scratch at the scab or you will lose sections of tattoo and create light spots in it. The  peeling should be complete within two weeks. 

5. During the healing process you should not soak the tattoo. Regular showers are fine but avoid swimming, baths, jacuzzis, etc. until the peeling is completely finished. After showering it's best to pat it dry rather than wiping it. It's also better to limit exercise the first few days to let it form it's crust. Try not have clothing rubbing on it much either during exercise. 

6. It is important to keep your tattoo out of the sun for at least two weeks. Any long exposure to the sun on a fresh tattoo can cause a serious burn and damage your tattoo. After it's healed, in roughly two weeks to a month, you should apply sunblock to preserve the tattoo. Even in the future, if you use sunblock on it, it will look great for longer! 

Enjoy your new tattoo!

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