While you should pay close attention to the steps above, there are also some don’ts to be mindful of. These are things you don’t want to do while your fresh tattoo is healing. The more aware you are, the better equipped you’ll be to keep your new tattoo looking great.
Don’t scratch or pick at scabs.
When your skin is red and flaky, it’s tempting to pick at this skin. It’s really important that you avoid doing this. If you scratch too much, you could cause scarring or change the look of the tattoo. Instead, whenever you feel discomfort or notice flaking, apply a thick moisturizer.
Don’t sweat too much.
While it’s hard to control your body’s sweat levels, it’s important to avoid sweating more than normal while your fresh tattoo heals. Avoid hot weather and skip the intense workouts for a few weeks. Too much moisture is bad for a new tattoo.
Don’t shave near your tattoo.
It’s also a good idea to skip shaving for at least the first month after getting a new tattoo. A razor shouldn’t ever be used over healing skin. This not only might peel away the skin, but it’s also irritating. Skip the shave until the skin is healed!
Don’t overexpose your tattoo to sunlight.
Sunburns are bad even for skin that hasn’t recently gone through tattooing, so make sure your fresh tattoo stays away from direct sun exposure. However, in case you can’t avoid it, make sure to cover it well or use sun protection with the highest SPF factor you can find. There are even sunscreens specially made for protecting your tattoos, so be smart and protect your fresh ink!