When we get a tattoo we have to be aware that the tattoo artist has been introducing different inks into our skin with very fine needles, therefore, the healing and healing process will take a while.
First of all, it is essential to follow the instructions of the tattoo artist to the letter. We should know that it is important to go to a tattoo studio, with proven hygiene and professionalism, because true tattoo artists are professional and serious people, and with them, you can be sure that you will not be in any danger.
When we leave his study, he will have cleaned the area well and will have applied an antibacterial ointment, to avoid infections. And then, it will have been covered with a dressing that should remain on our tattoo for at least two hours. A tattoo can take about a week to heal, although there will always be a series of cares that we must take into account for the future, especially if we do gymnastics, and also if we like to sunbathe or bathe on the beach.
How to care for a tattoo
Once we have removed the dressing, we will let the tattoo be in the air for the next 24 hours, and we will only cover it to shower and that the skin does not come into contact with the water.
For the care of the tattoo we must be very attentive in cleaning and healing at least 2 or 3 times a day, that is, every 8 hours, for at least the first week, until we see that it is healing.
For cleaning, first, we will wash our hands very well, and proceed to wash the tattoo with cold water and a neutral soap, without any type of smell or perfume, rubbing gently with the fingertips, without using sponges or cloths. We will feel great relief with wet and fresh skin. Afterward, we dry with a soft cotton towel, without rubbing, simply placing it carefully on top of the tattoo, to let it absorb the water. Then we will apply a healing ointment that the tattoo artist has recommended. We must apply a very thin layer and let it dry in the air so that it penetrates well into the skin. Afterward, we will cover the tattoo with a dressing to protect it.
Tricks to care for a tattoo
In addition to the care already mentioned to know how to take care of a tattoo, there are a series of tricks and home remedies, as well as warnings, that we must follow to the letter so as not to damage our tattoo and that it always looks beautiful:
Although we may be tempted to scratch when it is healing, we should not. When it heals, scabs will form, which is normal, and if we scratch them, we can create holes or spots and we can infect it. It is best to use a moisturizing cream that refreshes us and combats persistent itchiness.
When the tattoo is freshly done we should avoid bathing in beaches or pools, because water can damage its appearance due to salt and chlorine. Once the tattoo is settled on our skin, we can bathe and wet the tattoo without any problem.
We must protect tattoos from the sun when they are new. To take care of a tattoo in good conditions, we must not let it shine in the sun, or expose ourselves to it because it can cause blisters on the skin. Also, ink is a chemical product, and the tattoo can fade. In the first months, and if it coincides with the months of sun and beach, we must keep our tattoo covered.
If we practice sports or some type of gymnastics, nothing happens if we practice daily and regularly. But if we do bodybuilding sports we must know that, at first, we would have to do a very mild sport, since the development of the muscle can negatively affect the tattoo that is slightly deformed and does not keep the desired proportion