Tattoo aftercare will differ depending on the instructions from the artist. According to Jonathan “JonBoy” Valena, you should always heed the advice of your artist. They will give you different tips on the best routine to have to keep your ink at its best and to prevent infection. There is one thing that they will agree on – you can shower after getting a new tattoo. However, this does not mean that you can immediately go back to your normal shower routine. You have to be careful and follow the tips that will be mentioned in the rest of this post.
Yes, You Can Go Shower!
You do not have to feel sticky and stinky after getting a tattoo! It is perfectly safe to have a shower. Nonetheless, to be sure, most artists will recommend taking a shower 24 hours after getting a tattoo. To feel fresher, make sure to hop in the shower just before you get a tattoo and wait for a full day before you get your body wet again.
After getting a tattoo, the part that has been inked will be wrapped, usually with a clear plastic. It is best to keep this overnight and remove it when it is time to shower, which, as mentioned above, should be done after about 24 hours.
Use the Right Soap
When you shower, one of the most important is to use the best soaps for tattoos. They should contain mild ingredients that won’t irritate the skin. As much as possible, look for one that is made of natural ingredients that can nourish the skin. The tattoo should also be fragrance-free and alcohol-free. If you have sensitive skin, you have more reasons to be careful when it comes to the soap that you will use when having a shower.
Resist the Urge to Scrub
For most of us, scrubbing is a part of the shower routine. It gets rid of the dirt and dead skin cells on the surface. Yes, it is good to make the skin glow! However, when you have just been inked, you should not be tempted to reach the loofah and scrub your skin, especially the part with the tattoo. Use only your hands to clean the tattoo. Gentle stroking motions combined with a mild antibacterial soap will be more than enough to clean the tattoo.
Avoid Hot Showers
The temperature of the water is also important when you are showering with a new tattoo. Make sure that it is cold or lukewarm. When the temperature is too hot, your skin can become irritated. This could result in stinging or redness. You might also feel a sharp pain or a tingling sensation when the part of the skin with a tattoo gets in contact with hot water. The pressure of the water should not also be too strong and do not put the showerhead directly on the tattoo as it can easily wash off the ink.