As with our explanation above about cleaning the bacteria from the skin's surface before numbing cream is absorbed into the skin, it is equally important to thoroughly clean your skin prior to beginning your tattoo session (read above if you have skipped the numbing stage)
Our Toochi Foaming Greensoap has both alcohol and antibacterial soap which makes it ideal for not only cleaning but sterilizing the area prior to your tattoo session. Take your Toochi Greensoap along to your appointment and give it to your artist to use prior and throughout your appointment. This will keep it sterile, clean, and it is also very moisturizing to the skin throughout the tattoo appointment.
Now it is time for your Tattoo Appointment, the time is here, ready to relax and enjoy
If you want some extra relaxation throughout your appointment we recommend trying Toochi Blue Lotus Tea. Blue lotus extract may help promote deep body and mind relaxation. When taken at a higher dose, feelings of euphoria may potentially be felt.
Blue lotus extract helps to promote deep body and mind relaxation and when taken at a higher dose, feelings of euphoria may potentially be felt. So if you are game, pop some in your favourite on the go drink and relax through your appointment!
If you love getting numb for your tattoos, have large / long tattoo, or it's in a sensitive area, you should think about topping up your numbing with our Toochi Blue Magic - this is our during procedure numbing agent that can be used as either a top up or by itself to get you through your appointment - and it only takes a couple of minutes on your broken skin!
Right so your tattoo is finished up, it's looking great and you're happy as that it's over and already planning your next one! The next thing you should focus on is keeping your tattoo clean & free from germs and bacteria. Tattoo bandages are great for this as they prevent scabbing and infection, loss of color and detail, and prevent rubbing on clothing / bedding. They are a real game changer for after tattoo pain, especially when using numbing cream, as the area has been numb for some hours, and as this wears off, the full effect of the tattoo can feel like it is hitting you all of a sudden, the best thing to lessen this pain is to apply your Tattoo Bandages as soon as your appointment is finished. Choosing a tattoo bandage like Toochi Bandages that are medical-grade, breathable, and waterproof are the best option.
Here are the step by step instructions to apply your bandages:
- Wash the tattoo thoroughly with Toochi Foaming Greensoap, then rinse thoroughly with water - so that the area is completely clean and there is no Greensoap left on the area
- Then either air dry / or gently pat dry until the area is clean and completely dry
- Cut your bandage to size (or use 2 or more if it is a large piece) - it is best to make the bandage slightly larger than the tattoo
- Remove the backing sticker (the white side of the bandage), and stick down onto the tattoo
- Then remove the front clear sticker and push down firmly again
The Tattoo Bandage should be left on for up to 24hours, it can be taken off sooner if there is a lot of weeping of the tattoo. It’s fine if there is some blood/lymph/plasma fluid buildup under the bandage during this period, but don’t leave it longer than 24 hours. Try to keep your tattoo bandage as clean and dry as possible whilst wearing it during the healing process.
The best way to remove a tattoo bandage is in the shower. Pull the edge down over itself slowly, whilst under the running water.
Another bandage can be put on the tattoo, which can be left on for up to 5days, although removing it sooner is also fine - this is more up to personal preference. Before applying the second bandage - clean the tattoo gently with Toochi Super Suds/or another antibacterial soap, pat dry with a clean towel and you can either apply a very light smear of Toochi Never Fear Aftercare/or similar - or you can leave dry, this is up to personal preference. Leave for 30mins, then reapply the second bandage. Carry on reading to find out more about the cleaning and aftercare process.
Once removing your Toochi Bandage, at this stage you can swap from using your Greensoap over to your Super Suds. Using a Tattoo soap that is mild, antibacterial, and moisturizing is best for the aftercare of your tattoo. Your tattoo is an open wound which can become infected if bacteria / germs get into the site. Using an antibacterial foaming soap is best, rather than a bar soap which germs will attach too and multiply, increasing the risk of infection, also if you are sharing a bathroom with other individuals the risk of cross contamination will increase with the use of bar soap. The best option is a mild and foaming antibacterial soap, as the light wash it provides will decrease the risk of damage to the artwork. Another added benefit to Toochi Super Suds is the added moisturizing coconut oil, as you do not want a soap that is too drying as this will negatively affect the inks healing process.
Gently clean your fresh ink 2 - 3 x daily for approx 3 weeks after your tattoo. Add a couple of pumps of the Foaming Super Suds to the area, and gently wash in a circular motion, rinse with warm water (not hot water as this will dry out the ink). When nearer to the 3 week mark, this can be cut back to 1 - 2 x daily.
Keeping your new ink protected and moisturized is a must for the healing process. Choosing a tattoo aftercare that is petroleum free, can be used right after your tattoo appointment and that has a nice consistency that is not too thick and heavy, yet stays on well after it is applied to keep the area moist is tricky! We developed Toochi Never Fear Aftercare to tick all of these boxes, so that you can use one high quality buttery balm on your tattoos, straight from your session, through to years afterwards if you like - we have lots of customers that carry on using it to make their tattoos keep popping. The best thing about it is it's smooth consistency that isn't too heavy and isn't too light - and it smells great too.
Adding soothing gels and the like to new tattoos is actually not great for the healing of new tattoos - they contain an extended list of chemical and unnatural ingredients which you are essentially putting straight into an open wound. It's best to skip products like this, and go for something with more natural ingredients that won't increase the risk of infection.
After washing your tattoo (2-3x daily for 3 weeks), pat the area dry with a clean towel - and then this is the best time to add a smear of Toochi Never Fear Aftercare (or something similar) over your tattoo. Make sure to use clean hands every time also. It is important to keep the ink well moisturized throughout the healing process, but over moisturizing is also not good for the ink, and can affect and slow down the healing process.
It is important not to pick / itch / rub your new tattoo even if it is very itchy as this will cause the ink to fall out and will ruin the tattoo.
As your tattoo is well into healing and past that itchy / peeling / flaking stage, say around 2 - 3 weeks time, you can switch over to using your Toochi Magic Potion Lotion. This is our long term lotion that is an everyday moisturizer to keep your tattoos soft, supple and popping. It can be used on tattooed and virgin skin alike, to finish up the healing process, and then to be used as an everyday go to lotion. The general healing of tattoos takes about 3 weeks, while the complete healing of the epidermis and dermis layers of skin can take as long as about 6months to fully heal, during this time extra care and moisturizing is really important.
It is also very important to use a high SPF sunscreen on your tattoos (and non tattooed skin too), to protect them long term from the sun. Repeated sun exposure can be damaging to tattoos and cause them to fade and discolour.
A few other things to remember during the healing process:
- Stay hydrated - this will help to speed up your recovery time
- Do not bath / soak / swim for at least 2 weeks after your tattoo appointment - showering is fine, but remember to keep the temperature warm, rather than hot
- Avoid rubbing the fresh ink, so no tight/restrictive clothing, and accessories etc that rub over a fresh tattoo
- Use only clean bedding / sheets / towels / clothes etc during the healing process to lower the risk of infection
- Avoid all direct sunlight on your tattoo during 3 weeks following your tattoo, and then following that always use an SPF50 sunscreen on your tattoos when in the sun
If you are worried your tattoo has become infected or there is something wrong, get in touch with your tattoo artist, or go see a doctor. These are a few things to watch out for:
- Chills / Fever - this could indicate that there is an infection
- Redness - all tattoos will be red but if the redness does not die down after a few days it could be a sign something is wrong
- Oozing - if your tattoo is oozing fluid or pus at day 2 - 3 it may be infected
- Puffy/Swollen Skin - it is normal for the skin to be raised for a few days, but if the tattoo is looking puffy a few days later, it could mean that you are having a reaction to the ink