Keep Your Tattoo Covered
Your artist covered it to protect it. Keep the bandage on for 4-6 hours or overnight. If your artist covered it with a transparent, breathable, adhesive dressing (known as Tegaderm, Saniderm, SecondSkin, to name a few), you can leave that dressing on for up to 7 days. If the dressing begins to leak, has holes in it, is no longer is sticking to your skin, or your skin is red & itchy, remove it and gently wash your tattoo.
Removing the Bandage & Washing
First wash your hands with our fragrance-free, antibacterial soap, DEFEND. Slowly peel the dressing back over itself. Low and slow is key. Always stabilize the skin next to the dressing with your other hand while you are peeling it back. Running lukewarm water over the tattoo and dressing while peeling can help it peel more easily.
Use lukewarm water and suds to wash the tattooed area, gently removing any traces of fluid or blood. Use just your fingertips, not a towel or loofah. Rinse with lukewarm water and air dry completely. Do not replace the bandage. Your tattoo needs air to breathe in order to heal. Washing your tattoo with antibacterial soap will lessen the risk of infection, which in turn will improve and speed up the healing process.
Hydrate and Nourish
After your tattoo is completely clean and completely dry (30 – 45 minutes of air-drying), apply a THIN layer of 25toLIFE all-natural tattoo lotion and gently rub it into the area. 25toLIFE is specifically formulated to promote healing and regenerate tattooed skin cells and does not contain any ingredients that can clog pores or suffocate your tattoo of the air it needs to heal. Air is crucial for scabs to form and scabs are crucial for the skin beneath to begin to heal. The breathable hydration 25toLIFE provides is critical to protect your tattoo from drying out and cracking until the scabs have fully healed. Use it every 6 hours, or more if needed, to keep your tattoo hydrated and nourished for the first 25 days of healing.