Tattoo AftercareSkins and Needles Logo

1) When you leave the studio your tattoo will have a plastic cover over it, this will keep any blood of your clothes and act as a barrier from any harmful external elements.

2) Leave the cover on for 2 to 4 hours. Once you take it off you do not need to recover.

3) Remove the cover and wash the tattoo with soap and water.

4) Gently Pat dry being careful not to rub. Apply a thin coat of Tattoo Goo, Bepanthem or Savlon Antiseptic Cream. Reapply upto 3 times a day until skin is smooth to the touch and scab free. ( a good idea with Bepanthem is to immerse it in hot water for a few minute to soften it and this will make applying it easier)

5) The first few days the tattoo may feel sensitive. Then the skin will feel tight as the scabs form. They can last 1 to 2 weeks. Once they come off you have a layer of shiny skin which can take another 1 to 2 weeks or so to heal through. After this you will completely see you tattoo.

7) No sun or sunbeds!

8) No soaking in bath, swimming or saunas. If you get the tattoo too wet you will lose colour out of your tattoo. A brief shower is fine just dont be in too long.

9) No matter how itchy your tattoo gets do not pick or scratch it! This will result in loss of colour and damage your tattoo! Gently slapping or patting it can releive itching.

10) If you work where you may get something nasty in your tattoo then wear some loose clothing that will cover and shield your tattoo from dirt and chemicals etc.

Piercing Aftercare

1) Keep it clean. Twice a day clean it with Savlon spray and clean kitchen towel.

2) Dont touch it with dirty hands.

3) Keep hair out of it.

4) Keep makup and hair products out of it.

5) Clean it after activity to remove sweat.

6) Be carefull not to knock or catch it.

7) With oral piercings resist excessivly playing with the jewellery in your mouth to prevent damage to teeth and gums.

8) Healing times vary and you will have been told at the time of your piercing how long it should take. Generally the longer you leave it before you start trying to change it the better. Changing it too soon will lead to irritation.

9) Problems during healing are from lack of cleanliness or irritation.

If you're not sure about any aspect of the healing process just ask your tattoo artist or piercer, it's why we're here!