Absorb (Day of)

  • After the procedure, gently blot the area with a clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid.
  • Do this every 5 minutes until the oozing has stopped.
  • Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymphatic fluids.

Wash (Days 1-7)

  • Wash daily to remove bacteria, build up of product and oils, and dead skin. (Don’t worry, THIS DOES NOT REMOVE THE PIGMENT!)
  • Gently wash the area each morning and night with water and gentle soap or an unscented cleanser like Dial Soap, Cetaphil, or baby shampoo.  With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the area.
  • Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away.
  • To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or exfoliants.

Moisturize and hydrate (Days 1-7)

  • Apply a tiny, rice grain amount of Tina Davies Aftercare 3 times a day with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area.
  • Be sure not to over-apply, as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The product should be barely noticeable on the skin.
  • NEVER put the product on a wet or damp tattoo.

Important Reminders

  • Use a fresh pillowcase while you sleep.

  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.

  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.

  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week.

  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after the procedure.  Wear a hat when outdoors.

  • Avoid long, hot showers for the first 10 days.

  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.

  • Avoid face-down swimming, lakes, and hot tubs for the first 10 days,

  • Avoid topical makeup and sunscreen on the area.

  • DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area.

Important Instructions for Showering

  • Limit your showers to 5 minutes so that you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair.
  • Your face should only be getting wet only at the end of the shower.  
  • Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.

Wet V.S. Dry Healing

This is where things get misconstrued. Many artists tell their clients not to wash the area for the entire healing time. Client’s mistake this for a “dry healing method” in actuality, this is what the different healing methods are:

The wet healing method – applying a product to the area after washing the area

The dry healing method – not applying any product to the area after washing the area.

But, what method actually promotes best healing?

The wet method of daily washing to reduce the buildup of bacteria and dead skin coupled with the application of an aftercare product allows the skin to heal fastest and so your beautiful artwork can show thru.

Applying Tina Davies Aftercare will help to produce the proper cells to regenerate the surrounding tissues. It can also help the production of collagen, a protein that is essential for the proper healing and regeneration of damaged tissue. The method consists of daily cleansing of the injured skin to prevent bacterial buildup, as well as the application of a healing ointment.

Instructions for use:

  • Blot the treated area with a tissue for the first hour to remove the lymph fluid.

  • Apply a very thin layer of the product with a cotton swab 3 times a day for 3 days.

  • Using the fingertips, gently wash the area with a non-scented soap or cleanser that your skin is already familiar with, morning and night, for 7 days.

  • Avoid washcloths and scratching or picking at the tattoo during the healing process.

  • Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, public pools, sweaty exercise, or submerging the tattoo in water for the first 10 days.

  • Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for 2 weeks after the tattoo.

  • Avoid putting makeup on the area for the first week.

  • Avoid facials, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks

There are no silly questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you should have any questions or concerns.

How do I take care of my new tattoo in the first 72 hours?

Never touch your new tattoo without first washing your hands thoroughly with Recovery Aftercare Soap.

Remove the bandage or wrapping applied by the artist in a clean, familiar environment the day after your tattoo.

Immediately wash tattoo with Recovery Aftercare Soap using your hand. Do not use a cloth or loofah.

Do not scrub. Pat your tattoo dry with a clean, disposable paper towel.

Do not re-bandage your fresh tattoo! Your tattoo is an open wound and must be allowed to “breathe”.

Continue to wash the tattooed area gently but firmly, a minimum of 1 time daily upwards of 3 times for the first 2 days if there is blood and/or plasma on the surface with Recovery Aftercare Soap and your hand.

Always wash your hands again after touching your fresh tattoo!

How do I take care of my new tattoo after the first 72 hours?

Wash your hands and tattoo with Recovery Aftercare Soap.

Apply a very thin coat of Recovery Tattoo Lotion to the tattooed area only if the tattoo feels “tight”, “dry” or “itchy”. Less is more!

Rub the product in well. If the area appears glossy from the product, then you have applied too much.

Apply the aftercare product as needed to keep the area from drying out. Remember less is more! Make sure you are washing your hands before and after.

Do not over-saturate your new tattoo with aftercare products! This will only “smother” your tattoo and prolong your healing time. in certain cases, using too much can lead to infection.

Do not let the area dry out! Apply additional after care product whenever the tattoo feels “tight”, “dry” or “itchy”.

If a scab should form, Don’t Pick At It! This could “pull out” parts of your tattoo!!


  • Not using our product or not following aftercare instructions will void the guarantee of your tattoo. As long as you follow these instructions a single touch up in the first 3 months is free*, excluding the cost of the set-up fee and extra after care if needed.

  • Don’t use Vaseline, Polysporin, Neosporin, or other ointments or creams on your tattoo, unless directed otherwise. Recovery Aftercare Soap and Recovery Tattoo Lotion and Recovery Tattoo Salve are the only products we recommend as they are made for healing tattoos.

  • Keep your fresh tattoo out of the sun.

  • Don’t soak your fresh tattoo (this included bathtubs, pools, and saunas).

  • Showers are fine and recommended so long as you aren’t directly soaking your tattoo for prolonged periods.

  • No tight or restrictive clothing or clothing with fuzzy surface as these may restrict swelling (or prolong it) and may stick to your new tattoo. Please be mindful of this and wear loose fitting garments for the first week or so of the healing process.


There are no silly questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you should have any questions or concerns.