Gospel of Ink
No tanning or excessive sunlight during your healing process. Your new tattoo is growing fresh skin and is highly susceptible to sun burns.
After your tattoo is healed, to keep it looking bright and brand new make sure to wear sunblock over your tattoo. Harmful UV rays can make your tattoo look old and faded if it's not protected properly.
No swimming! During the healing process avoid soaking your tattoo for longer than 5 minutes. You don't want your tattoo to absorb too much water.
When taking a shower avoid letting the water hit your tattoo directly until your tattoo is 100% finished peeling. This can be just as harmful as abrasive scrubbing!
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No abrasive scrubbing, during the healing process your tattoo will begin to peel, just like a sunburn would. DO NOT pull off the peeling skin, let it come off on its own. Hard scrubbing will force this skin off and possibly skin that isn't ready which could cause bleeding and scabs to form. scabs are BAD. Keep your tattoo lubricated! When washing your tattoo only use your finger tips.