Congratulations on your new tattoo! In order to maintain the longevity of your fresh ink, it is crucial that you follow these instructions for up to the first month after getting it done:
Only ever handle your tattoo with freshly washed hands.
Keep your second skin on for at least 1 day for hand-poke tattoos, and at least 2 days for machine tattoos.
Keep your tattoo protected from the sun using a high factor sunscreen.
Moisturise your tattoo twice daily with a neutral cream for at least 10 days after getting it done.
Allow the tattoo to air dry or dry with a clean paper towel after showering.
Intense physical exercise immediately after getting tattooed.
Baths, swimming pools, saunas, tanning beds for a minimum of two weeks after getting tattooed.
Scratching & picking at the tattoo. Scabbing and itching are a normal part of the healing process. Keeping the skin moisturised should keep itching at bay.
Strong scented moisturisers & soaps when cleaning the tattoo.