SOME INFORMATION ABOUT TATTOOING
A tattoo consists of introducing a small amount of colored ink into the skin with a needle. The ink is introduced in a zone located between the dermis and the epidermis, the introduction of the needle varies from 1 to 4 mm according to the types of skin and the tattooed zones. Once the wound is healed, the transparency of the skin allows the ink, and therefore the drawing, to remain visible.
PREPARE YOURSELF BEFORE THE TATTOO
Before going to the tattoo artist, it is essential to prepare yourself.
First of all, rest during the few days before the tattoo, this will allow your body to better manage the pain. At the same time, if you have a tendency to have dry skin, don’t hesitate to moisturize it with cream, this will avoid flaking and a too important dermatological shock.
There are a few things you should do the day before the big day:
- Avoid exfoliating, as it could irritate your skin
- Do not take any medication that could thin your blood (such as aspirin)
- Do not drink alcohol
Once you have applied these tips, you are ready to go to your tattoo parlor!
ENSURE A GOOD HEALING OF THE TATTOO
To ensure optimal healing, you must take care of your tattoo from the very beginning.
At the end of the session, your tattoo artist will apply a bactericidal ointment on your skin and then a bandage. This will protect the skin from dust or bacteria in the air. It is strongly advised to keep this bandage on for several hours. During these few hours, you will have to resist the temptation to see the result or to proudly show your tattoo to your friends!
You can then remove the bandage. Once the bandage is removed, it is possible that the tattoo design is not clearly defined and does not look like what you expected. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. It is then necessary to clean the tattooed area to remove the excess of ink, blood, lymph … You can do this cleaning with warm water, with an antiseptic solution or a neutral pH soap. Be careful not to place your tattoo directly under the water. Rub gently with your hands and let it dry.
Once the tattoo is dry, you can apply your tattoo cream to moisturize the skin. The cream should be applied in a thin layer to allow the skin to breathe. Massage gently and don’t