Getting a tattoo is a big decision. It takes a long time to decide just what you want, where, and with what tattoo artist. The process of tattooing can be very painful to some. Once the tattoo is over, you want to make sure you take special care of your skin. Skin care will prevent your tattoo from fading, getting a reaction, or becoming too sensitive. These tips will help keep your tattoos looking fresh and new, while keeping your skin healthy and clean.
The ultraviolet light from the sun can fade tattoo ink. It is best to apply sunscreen to your tattooed skin before leaving the house. Make sure it is SPF 30 or higher and protects against UVA and UVB rays. This is also important if you have permanent makeup on an area like the lips. Be sure to buy lip balm that has SPF 30 or higher.
Right after getting a tattoo, your skin may feel sensitive and you will be tempted to scratch it. DO NOT! You can end up with scars and scabs which can ruin the tattoo. The sun can cause your skin to feel sensitive. There are people who develop sunburn-like reactions to the tattoo especially if it contains yellow or red ink. If this happens to you, be sure to wear a layer of clothing that can cover the tattooed skin.
If your tattooed skin starts to feel dry, you should apply lotion or cream to the area. Make sure this lotion is water-based, as petroleum products may cause the ink to fade.
Avoid Water for First Two Weeks
For the first two weeks after getting your tattoo, it is recommended to avoid activities like swimming. When you bath, try to limit the time you are showering.
If you notice any of these symptoms occurring on the tattooed skin it is best to contact a dermatologist. Your skin may be having an allergic reaction to the procedure.