by Philipp Roth

This is how proper tattoo care works: 12 rules for you before and after the tattoo

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They have long since left their image as an assistant temple and now every fourth young person under 30 years of age wears one: tattoos adorn our bodies, are real eye-catchers and at least express individuality if they look good. The right tattoo care has a huge impact on the quality of your tattoo. That is why we have collected the most important tips for tattoo care for you. 

Before we deal with the specific rules for tattoo care, a note:

It has not yet been clarified what health risks tattoos have for the human organism. What we do know, however, is that the color pigments of the tattoo ink do not stay under the skin. They get into the body's circulation and can be found in other places. Some of the tattoo inks are considered harmful substances and only a few of them are forbidden for use in tattoos.

If you have doubts as to whether a tattoo is right for you, it is better to take your time, think about it calmly and do not rush into anything.

But if you are sure, thenPlease note our skin care tips for tattoos before and after the piercing.

Why is proper skin care important when tattooing 

Whether a tattoo looks good depends on at least three factors:

  1. The choice of the tattoo studio
  2. The preparation and follow-up
  3. Your dream motif

While the beauty of the tattoo motif is purely subjective (of forbidden signs andhilarious tattoo fails apart from that), you can definitely influence the quality of the tattoo by relying on the right tattoo artist and the right care.

What can happen if you are not careful:

  • The tattooists work uncleanly and thus endanger your health.
  • You lose more blood than you should during the sting.
  • The tattooists do not understand their craft and do an inferior tattoo.
  • Your tattoo can get infected.
  • The healing of the skin is slow.
  • Incorrect care will cause the tattoo to lose its color and you will have to have it re-engraved.
  • The result of the tattoo is not what was expected.
  • And more 

We want you to enjoy your tattoo and show it off with pride. So when you have decided on a tattoo and the motif, be sure to pay attention to the following tips.

The preparation: what you have to consider before tattooing

It is absolutely critical to the success of a beautiful tattoo that you properly prepare for it.

That starts with the choice of the tattoo studio and theRule # 1: Never (!) Get a tattoo anywhere on a spontaneous whim. Because spontaneously you are always unprepared.

A spontaneous tattoo breaks tooRule # 2, after which you have checked the tattoo studio well. Take a close look at the studio, the tattoo artists and their works: If the results look good, work them clean, i.e. with clean tools, rubber gloves and is the studio as a whole well maintained What other customers say in online reviews, for example Does the studio make appointments like this Belongs to himself or would you rather get a tattoo quick and dirtyen? 

When you've found a trustworthy studio, it comes upRule # 3 to: Prepare your body properly. That means:

  • Appear sober, without alcohol in your blood. This will prevent excessive bleeding during the sting and an embarrassing appearance.
  • You shouldn't have been in the sun before the appointment. First, you avoid skin irritation before the sting. Second, the skin pores do not widen, which can otherwise lead to increased blood flow.
  • Thoroughly cleanse yourself and your skin before the procedure. In a decent studio, the skin area is shaved and disinfected, but you can reduce the risk of inflammation by doing good preparatory work.
  • Depending on the size of the tattoo, the pricking sometimes takes several hours and is quite a challenge for the circulation. Bring some nerve food, such as nuts and juice, with you.

After the piercing: the right skin care for your tattoo

After the sting, you should leave the tattoo studio with a tattoo that has been disinfected, creamed and wrapped in foil.Rule # 4 here says that you leave the film on for at least three hours and a maximum of one day.

You will see that blood and wound water collect under the foil. This is completely normal, after all, the stinging has severely attacked your upper layers of skin. NoticeRule # 5To avoid inflammation: Carefully clean the tattoo with lukewarm (not hot!) water and a pH-neutral soap that is mild and gentle on the skin, so no artificial perfumes or skin-irritating substances contains.

To minimize further risk of inflammation, you should wear fresh, loose-fitting clothing so that it does not stick to your tattoo. You should also have freshly made your bed (Rule # 6).

A tattoo is a wound that is supposed to heal as well and safely as possible.Rule # 7 states that as few crusts as possible should form during the wound healing process, because that way you have a nicer result in the end. The right cream can work wonders here. Use a care cream for your tattoo that has the following properties:

  • Does not contain any fragrances or dyes
  • Moisturizes
  • Contains natural ingredients
  • Does not contain any harmful or questionable ingredients
  • Contributes to wound healing with panthenol

For the first five to seven days after the lancing, we recommend a cream that contributes particularly well to wound healing and provides moisture. Let yourself be bestadvise in the pharmacy, which wound and healing ointment contains plenty of panthenol and moisturizing substances.

Rule # 8: Always, always, always clean your hands before applying a cream to your tattoo.

Relatively early on, you may feel itchy from your tattoo.Rule # 9 it is very clear: hands off and don't scratch.

And do not forgetRule # 10: Avoid all forms of irritation and skin irritation. This means that you have to leave some things behind for the first two to four weeks that are otherwise part of your everyday life:

  • Keep your tattoo away from the sun.
  • Do not go to the swimming pool, solarium, or sauna.
  • Reduce your sports program to just light exercise that won't sweat or rub your skin.

If you notice unusual redness or swelling, you should not start any experiments and seek medical advice (Rule # 11).

What does optimal long-term care for tattoos look like 

It usually takes two to four weeks for your tattoo to heal well. It has to do with how well your skin heals itself and how well you take care of it.

As soon as you notice that the tattoo has healed to some extent, no longer bleeds and no longer produces wound water, you come toRule # 12: Support your tattoo with intensive skin care. This no longer requires such a high proportion of panthenol, so it has more space for nourishing oils, nutrients and moisturizing ingredients such asurea.

If you've already shaved your skin with theafter shave from sober you can also use the lotion for long-term tattoo care. The cream contains various important vitamins, nutrients and oils that strengthen your skin as it regenerates. Because it also contains panthenol and urea, we can confidently recommend it for caring for tattoos from the second week onwards.

Good tattoo care leads to better tattoos

If you get a tattoo, isthe right Preparation and follow-up are essential. This is the only way to ensure that you get the best possible result. It would be a shame if you spend the rest of your life with a tattoo fail.

So pay attention to the rules mentioned above, don't rush anything and of course: #staysober


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