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Proper aftercare in the first few weeks after receiving your tattoo is essential in ensuring that your tattoo heals well and looks its best.

When your tattoo is finished, your artist will apply a thin layer of tattoo jelly over the entire tattooed area. At Death Do Us Art we use a product which has been specially formulated for use on tattoos and contains a variety of natural ingredients that promote healing. We will then cover the area completely with plastic wrap. 
The wrap should stay on for at least an hour after the process. The length of time will depend on the size and location of the tattoo. This covering protects the open skin from bacteria, sunlight, and from rubbing against clothing. 
After 1 to 2 hours, you can remove the wrap and wash the tattoo. Be sure to wash your hands first. It is very important to wash your tattoo thoroughly, even if it is slightly tender. Be sure to wash away any remaining ink, congealed blood and fluids that may have accumulated under the wrap. 
Use warm water, not too hot so as not to irritate your healing tattoo. 
After washing, pat the skin with a clean paper towel and allow it to air-dry for a few minutes. When the area is completely dry, you can apply a thin layer of antiseptic cream like Savlon to the tattoo, leaving it uncovered to allow the skin to breathe. If you choose your own cream, ensure that is not highly perfumed as it may irritate you tattoo. 
For the first couple of days, the tattooed skin may feel warm to the touch and have a reddish appearance. This is completely normal. It is also normal for you tattoo to continue weeping for a day or two. Be sure that you do not let the weeping liquid form a scab over your tattoo as thick scabs can cause pigment loss and longer healing times. 
If your tattoo has colour, it will appear more vibrant in the first few days. These colours will settle into the skin as the tattoo heals.
You should avoid swimming and submerging the tattoo in water during the first 3–6 weeks, except for when washing it. 
You can continue using the washing technique above throughout the first week twice a day or when needed. How often washing is necessary will vary depending on a person's activity levels and environment. While your tattoo is healing its best if you can avoid any activities that might cause excessive sweating or activities where your tattoo rubs excessively on your clothes. 
It is best to wash the tattoo with clean hands only and not a cloth or towel, which may irritate the skin and prematurely remove any thin scabs that may have formed. These thin scabs will often form in the first few days, and ink may still come up through the skin and need to be washed away. It is very important not to pick the scabs or scratch the skin. 
Any redness or mild swelling usually goes away near the end of the first week. 
Around the beginning of the second week, the thin scabs will start to peel and flake off. The skin is likely to feel very itchy during this week, but don’t scratch it! Sometimes using a cream that is kept in the refrigerator may help soothe itchy or irritated skin.
Once your tattoo has flaked and peeled you can use a gentle moisturiser or vitamin E cream to aid the healing process. Your tattoo might look a bit dry in the final stages of healing, this is normal and it will slowly start to settle in. 
You can also start to apply sunscreen as required once your tattoo has peeled. Protecting your tattoo from the sun will keep it looking sharp and vibrant.
Please note that the we are not medical professionals and this aftercare advice is purely based on our experience as tattooists. If you have any questions regarding your tattoo aftercare please contact us so we can help you. 

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