Get Dial Antibacterial Soap, Dr Bronners, or a natural unscented soap.
Coconut Oil (refined medium or high heat is best. You can heat up in the glass jar to smooth out if needed)
(And/ or) Unscented lotion (any of your choice)
Hustle Butter could be a replacement for both
Take off the wrap with water running on it - if it’s a regular plastic wrap with tape, peel off without water. Wash by rubbing in circles with soap. Pat dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Wait 3 days until it dries out to begin moisturizing with coconut oil or unscented lotion. Take quicker showers the first week so the tattoo doesn’t stay wet too long about 5-7 minutes.
Wash 1-2 times a day with Dial antibacterial for the first week Moisturize 1-2 times a day once you begin moisturizing. Continue to apply moisturizer every day for at least 2 months. That is what will help your tattoo heal the best it can. Daily moisturizing helps tattoos look great overtime. Switch back & forth with the coconut oil and lotion.
Minimize exercise or sports for a few days if the area will be sweaty or if there will be clothing rubbing. Usually smaller tattoos aren’t affected. If you do workout wash the tattoo after. No soaking in water, no pools, baths, saunas, or anything that keeps your tattoo wet for longer than a 5-10 minute shower for 2 weeks. Do not rewrap your tattoo if it has been unwrapped for more than a few minutes after being washed. No sun exposure for at least 2 weeks. Be careful with this while driving. Soaking in water and sun are the two things that could mess up the healing process of your tattoo as well as infect it. Wear clean clothing that isn’t too tight on the tattoo. Cotton, loose, or breathable fabrics are best for the first few days.
Don’t pick scabs or flakiness, let them fall off naturally & when they are ready. Moisturize but do not keep the tattoo moist. I do not recommend Aquafor unless you wipe it off after a few minutes on the tattoo. Always protect it from the sun once it’s healed with sunscreen (after 2 weeks). Do not scratch if it itches while healing. If you typically shave the area that got tattooed wait until skin smoothes and there are no peeling skin or scabs. Keep in mind the first few days that the tattoo is unwrapped that it may leak ink onto sheets or clothes while you sleep. Wear dark clothing over it or put a towel on your bed if you don’t want it to transfer. It helps to take ibuprofen first 2 days to help with swelling and soreness if it’s a larger tattoo.