This guide for aftercare is based on personal experience. One should realise that what works for you, may not work for your neighbour. Best advice is always: don't do anything with a fresh tattoo you wouldn't do with a fresh wound; respond accordingly to how your skin reacts, and ask advice from your tattoo artist when in doubt.
Cellophane Foil/ kitchen foil:
A lot of different opinions on this are going between artists. We recommend to use cellophane foil on the day of your tattoo session for the first couple of hours. Then refresh the tattoo and reapply a foil before going to bed, as to protect the tattoo from any dust particles in the sheets. If the tattooed area was very tender it is optional to use cellophane foil on the second day (day after your tattoo session). Or if your job takes place in a dusty / unhygienic environment, the it is best to use cellophane foil a second day as protection!
Cleaning (first week):
Clean your new tattoo at least twice (but preferably three times) a day (preferably at morning, noon and before bed). Rinse with clear water, dap dry and reapply cream.
Use cream (2weeks):
Bepanthene, aquapore, tattoo balm or hustle butter are fine to treat your tattoo with during healing.
Never apply too much so as your skin to be still able to breathe. Too much greasiness will cause skin irritation.
Make sure there is just enough applied cream for your skin to be a tad oily. It's important your skin doesn't dry out as this causes scabs to form.
However tempting it may seem, never scratch a fresh tattoo or pull the scabs (if any). This may cause scars or empty spots (as you pulled the ink out).
No swimming (a month at least):
No bathing, saunas or any other situations that exposes the tattooed skin to high temperatures or humidity. Soaking the skin will make your ink fade.
No sun (a month at least):
No long exposure to the sun: UV rays cause the ink in the skin to run out. It also causes the ink to fade quicker.