At London Inkaholics, we like to keep in touch with the customer throughout the healing process. So, if you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to send us an E-mail or Whatsapp message with your query and some pictures of the tattoo or concern. Your skin is different from others, so please listen to your artist's recommendations. The advice we give is specifically for your skin. Over the years, we have noticed a strong link between the healing process and the elasticity of the skin. The more elastic your skin is, the better your chances are for a quick and easy recovery. Your skin's characteristics can influence the way your tattoo heals, so we came up with custom aftercare that corresponds to your skin and the job you do.

First, wash your hands thoroughly. Remove the cling film after 4 to 5 hours and don't reapply a new one. Wash your tattoo with water and soap (like Dove or similar). Do not use antibacterial soap, shower gel, shampoo, or bath sponges. Rinse the soap away thoroughly. Pat it dry only with clean paper towels. Don't use toilet paper or bath towels. After washing your tattoo for the first time, make sure you leave it to air dry for an hour or two. While you air-dry it, be extremely careful with it. Don't lean on it, and don't let anyone touch it with dirty hands.

After one to two hours, you will start feeling your skin get a bit tight and dry. That is normal. That is what we are trying to achieve here. Now wash your hands again, and take a tiny drop of the aftercare cream or bepanthen ointment and rub it gently until the surface of the skin or tattoo is moisturized. You can apply the cream whenever you feel your skin tight and dry, but don't overdo it. Wash your tattoo twice a day (mornings and evenings) for at least 4 days.

Important advice

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before proceeding with the aftercare.
  • Do not pick the scabbing, as this will lift the color out of your tattoo and cause patchiness.
  • Do not soak your tattoo in the bath until all the scabbing has fallen off.
  • Do not swim in any waters (sea, pool or sauna) until all the scabbing has fallen off.
  • Do not cover your tattoo in a thick layer of cream. Too much of it will cause complications.
  • Allow your tattoo to dry before reapplying the cream.

Good Luck!