Regardless of whether you have an old tattoo, or a new one, you need to be attentive with its care to keep it looking good, and to help it heal properly. New tattoos are essentially open wounds and they can be susceptible to infection. Because of this, you need to keep the skin dry and clean whenever possible to prevent possible infection. Depending on the individual, the healing stage is different. Often, it could depend on your skin type and the location of the tattoo. When it heals up, you will end up with the best-looking tattoo possible. The tattoo artist should provide you with aftercare instructions, however, the procedure may be different from one processional to another. If you are in doubt, it is better to check with a dermatologist, who can give you expert skin care advice and treatment if needed.
Let it Heal
If your tattoo doesn’t heal quickly, it is best to seek medical attention from your doctor. Unfortunately, some doctors can be somewhat biased against tattoos, so you need to consider this when choosing your doctor, especially if you are going to get multiple tattoos. Professional tattoo artists will bandage a new tattoo to limit its contact with the air and any contaminants. For the first 24 hours, it is possible that your new tattoo will continue to bleed, especially if it’s located in an area of your body containing more blood vessels. After the bleeding stops, you should remove the bandage and let it air dry to promote the healing process.
Keep It from Fading
If you have an old tattoo, you should prevent it from fading. If you plan to sunbath or do any outdoor activities, apply a sunscreen cream with SPF 15 or higher to the tattooed area. UV light is the primary cause of fading of tattoos and some oils, powders and sprays might not work well so it’s better to choose a product that can effectively prevent UV light from penetrating your skin. The cream should provide good protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Check whether the cream has titanium or zinc dioxides for even higher effectiveness in protecting your skin against the sun. People with fair skin have less melanin in their skin, so it’s a good for them to choose creams with an SPF 30 or higher.
Even if you don’t go outside much, you need to apply a thin layer of moisturizer daily to protect your tattoo. However, this doesn’t mean that you should apply a thick layer of moisturiser over your tattoos. Excessive amounts of specific substances in these products could fade your tattoo. If your skin stays fresh and health, the tattoo will also appear crisp and attractive. When taking a bath, make sure that the soap doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that can bleach the ink from under your skin. Apply tattoo brightening cream every day and make sure it contains vitamin E and various essential oils.
Caring for your tattoo is easy and it doesn’t take much time or effort. When you get a new tattoo, follow the directions from the tattoo artist and keep your skin clean and dry. Older tattoos need care as well if you are to keep them looking bright and colourful. Always take care to use high quality moisturisers on your tattoo and apply sunscreen to your skin, especially your tattoos.
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