Getting a tattoo can be a pretty big deal for some people as it stays on the body forever. It’s a commitment. People get things that mean something to them tattooed and it is a pretty wonderful thing to carry with your personality. However, it can be scary especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Here are 4 tips to keep in mind before getting your first tattoo
Check with your dermatologist before getting the tattoo
Allergies after a tattoo are rare but possible and are difficult to treat. Most commonly, the reactions happen with red dye. If you’re planning to get some red ink, check with your dermatologist to find out if it’s safe for you. Also if you have sensitive skin and develop allergies because of hair dye, cheap jewelry and more, then you’re at a higher risk of reaction.
Avoid alcohol before getting the tattoo
It’s not about making bad decisions or lowering the pain, but having alcohol in your system before getting inked can have serious consequences. Alcohol not only thins your blood and makes you bleed more than normal while getting inked but also messes up the design. Avoid drinking for 24 hours before and after your tattoo to keep the blood flow and thickness normal.
Choose an easy area for your first time
Tattoos do hurt but they hurt even more at some places than others. The areas with more nerve endings and less fat like your ribs, neck, and ankles can be specifically painful. Pick an easy area for your first tattoo to make you experience bearable and understand how it feels like in case you’re planning for more tattoos in the future.
Post-care of the tattoo is crucial
Getting the tattoo inked in your skin is not the end of it. The post-care is very important to keep that tattoo free on any infections. Tattoos may take up to 2 weeks to heal and you need to keep the patience. Stay away from any water bodies or hot tubs for 2 weeks or till the top layer scabs off to prevent any skin infections post your tattoo and apply any fragrance free lotion, baby oil or coconut oil to keep the skin moisturized.
Those beautiful designs on your body tell your story. Protect them and embrace them forever