*Guest Post by Delan*
Getting tattoos is a great way to let your creativity shine and show the world a little bit about yourself and what you stand for without having to say a word. However, there is a healing period that follows once the ink is embedded beneath the skin.
From an open wound to itching, scabs, and more, it can feel like months as you wait for these common symptoms to subside and truly enjoy your new body art. There are five natural home remedy options you can employ to aid in the tattoo healing process you won’t want to pass up.
1. Avoid Direct Sunlight
It’s common for people to visit their tattoo studio when the temperatures start to warm up as they’ll be able to expose it for all to see. However, keep in mind that direct sunlight can agitate the skin.
It’s best to keep the tattoo covered for the first couple of weeks following application. While it can be tempting to reveal it before this time, just remember that it’s a permanent marking. You’ll still have plenty of time to give it the exposure you’re likely all too ready to do.
2. Dry Healing
Dry healing is one of the most natural aftercare methods you can employ. Rather than covering the tattoo in petroleum-based products, just rinse it with water and otherwise leave it alone.
It’s been shown that this approach helps prevent clogging of the pores which can lead to a lack of oxygen getting to the skin. In around three days, you’ll begin to notice scabbing, and this means the healing process is progressing well. At this time, you can begin applying ointments.
3. Avoid Picking at the Scab
When the tattoo begins to scab over, you can expect a moderate level of irritation, and the urge to scratch and pick at it is likely to arise. It’s crucial to overcome this urge.
When the scab is removed before the skin is healed, you can end up with unattractive holes in the tattoo. This doesn’t mean you have to go days in seemingly perpetual discomfort, though. Instead of scratching, tap the area lightly with your fingers to relieve the irritation.
4. Avoid Submersion
There are few things in life more enjoyable than the feeling of submerging yourself into the swimming pool, a soapy bath, or a relaxing hot tub. However, it’s important not to soak your new tattoo for around two weeks.
A good rule of thumb is to suffice with rinsing your tattoo in the shower during the early stages of healing. Every person is different, so ask your tattoo artist how long he or she would recommend this period to last for you.
5. Loose Clothing
Your skin undergoes a significant amount of trauma during the process of receiving a tattoo. Therefore, it’s only natural to expect it to be easily irritated as it heals. Clothing rubbing against it can feel like sandpaper, but you must ensure it stays protected from the sun. That’s why it’s important to be prepared with loose clothing to cover up the area you plan on applying your body art.
Enjoying Your Art Faster
Getting a tattoo requires the artist to puncture your skin, and there’s obviously healing that must take place in order to ensure you’re best able to enjoy your tattoo design. Once this process is complete, you can proudly show the world your creativity and individuality. By following these five natural tattoo aftercare tips, you can soon be on your way to fully enjoying this long-lasting piece of art.
About the Author: Delan is a tattoo lover and a writer at Progression Tattoo, a leading boutique tattoo studio in Adelaide. Aside from writing, he enjoys researching new and natural ways to take care tattooed skin.