Crucible is now stocking aftercare packs, which include a small bottle of surgical soap for cleaning your tattoo, and Tattoo Tonic for moisturising. I also stock Second Skin and Fixomull which are protective wrappings that can be kept on for a few days - we can discuss the options at the appointment.

Aftercare Basics:

Before you touch, wash or moisturise your new tattoo, make sure your hands are clean, and don’t let anyone else touch it.

• If your tattoo has been cling wrapped, keep it on for 2-3 hours to protect the tattoo and your clothing. You don’t need to wrap it again.
• Remove the cling wrap and dispose of it safely.
• Thoroughly wash with lukewarm water and soap to remove any residue.
• Pat the tattoo dry with paper towels instead of using a cotton towel, and let air dry for 10 minutes before moisturising.
• Gently apply a thin layer of your chosen moisturiser after washing and when the tattoo feels dry - usually around 2-3 times a day.

I recommend you wash the tattoo twice a day for the first few days, and then once a day in the shower from then on. Liquid soap is preferable to bar soap which may harbour bacteria, and it’s best to avoid any products with fragrance. When moisturising, just use a thin layer - don’t overload the skin.
During healing your skin will be peeling and flaky - this is completely normal! Let the skin do what it needs to do in it’s own time - picking at the tattoo can cause loss of colour.

My personal favourite tattoo healing product is Lush’s Ultrabalm, but you can use any moisturising agent which is fragrance free, paraben free, and petroleum free. Organic coconut oil works well for smaller handpoked pieces. Bepanthen can be good for the first few days of a machine piece with a lot of colour or fill, and is available from chemists. I don’t usually recommend it as it’s not designed for tattoos - there’s great speciality tattoo products available instead.

Things To Avoid:

• Don’t use vaseline / petroleum jelly on a new tattoo, as it creates too heavy a barrier and prevents the skin from breathing and healing. Papaw ointment is often a popular choice, but its composition is 96% petroleum jelly so please consider an alternative.
• Avoid swimming in the sea / pools / soaking the tattoo in the bath within the first week - this risks infection, colour loss, and extra scabbing.
• Avoid hot showers on the tattoo in the first few days - this will sting and can draw colour out, so please wash it in comfortable lukewarm water.
• Avoid exposing the tattoo to direct sunlight in the first 2 weeks - once it’s fully healed you can use sunscreen to keep the colours from fading.
• Avoid scratching, picking or rubbing at the tattoo. It will be very itchy, so you can apply a thin layer of moisturiser, gently slap it, or give it a fresh wash, dry and moisturise.
• Avoid excessive sweating / exercise / movement / friction from clothes in the area during the first week.
• If you sleep with pets, it’s best to sleep on clean sheets or wear clean light breathable clothing over the tattoo, and avoid your pet touching or licking the tattoo whilst it’s healing.

Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have any further questions!