How to prep skin for tattoo

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Hello hello!

Tattooing is just one of the master’s tasks. The more important task is to properly prepare skin for tattoo, so that during the insertion of the tattoo the client did not feel severe pain, and after its implantation did not encounter suppurations and other unpleasant moments. All this is described in detail in the article.

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How to prepare the skin for tattoo and determine the risk of Tattoo Tattoo begins with a personal acquaintance with the client and long consultation. And no, at this consultation you will not always talk about the sketch drawing. In addition to this question it is necessary:

  • carefully examine the client’s skin for dermatological problems – any exfoliation or inflammation should be the reason to send the client to a dermatologist;
  • assess the sensitivity of the client and discuss possible anesthesia;
  • run paint allergy tests.

Also be sure to give the client the following tips how he should prepare himself for the tattoo insertion session (specially given the text in a recommendatory form, so you can print it out and give the client):

  • Moisturize the skin beforehand. The use of body lotion to keep the skin moistened a few weeks before the tattoo is a good practice and can help better apply ink during the tattoo procedure. However, do not use lotion or moisturizers on the day of the session. After all, the tattoo artist will probably apply a tattoo stencil on the skin, and moisturizers can affect its application.
  • Keep water balance with drinking water. Although it is recommended to drink plenty of water on the day of tattoo, it is also useful to avoid dehydration beforehand. Drinking plenty of water improves skin quality. Please note that the consumption of coffee, tea with sugar and carbonated beverages is not considered drinking water.
  • Take vitamin C. Experienced tattoo masters recommend increasing vitamin C intake before tattooing. Vitamin C has an antioxidant function in the body and is essential for connective tissue formation, iron absorption and disease resistance. Before taking any vitamin supplements, consult your doctor about the recommended dosage of vitamin C.
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  • Sleep well. If you have a tattoo, do not spend the night before it at the party and do not go to bed before dawn. A good night’s rest will prepare the body (and mind) for what awaits you.
  • Eat before visiting the salon. This advice should never be overlooked, and you should have a full breakfast or lunch the day you apply the tattoo. Even if you are nervous or do not feel particularly hungry, try to get some food. This will help maintain blood sugar levels and help to avoid dizziness or fainting during ingestion.
  • Take snacks and drinks to the tattoo session. To prepare for a long session, make sure you have a supply of water, healthy snacks and other drinks. The tattoo artist will probably take a few breaks during the session to warm up, eat or drink. Use this time to do the same. If you feel dizzy or faint at any point in the procedure, immediately inform your master and ask for a break. Snacks such as nuts or candy or sweet drink can help raise blood sugar.
  • Put on the right clothes. Wear clothes that will make it easier for the tattoo artist to access. If you tattoo your leg, shorts are best. Micah might be the best choice for a shoulder tattoo. For tattoos on your back, consider bringing a zippered sweatshirt or a button shirt so that you can easily cover the front of your body, if that’s more convenient. Wear clothes you’re not afraid to stain or spray with ink. Although artists are usually careful and try to protect the client’s clothing during the tattoo process, getting ink or stencil on your clothes during the tattoo is a very real possibility.

How to prepare the client before, during and after a session

Be as friendly as possible, and do not forget to offer anesthesia if the client is very afraid. Organize the workspace so that the person can be distracted – watch TV, listen to music or even read (people are different and their preferences are also different).

But warn your client not to include random videos that might scare you. After all, you work with needles, and any error can greatly spoil the pattern and even lead to injuries.

A tattoo care policy to share with a client. 

One of the most important things you need to share with your client is tattoo care policy. Of course, you should take care of the tattoo immediately after the session – wrap it with food wrap. But remember that if the tattoo is very small and monotonous, the film may not be necessary – the healing will happen well and without it. Be sure to cover the tattoo with film, if it is under the clothes.

Other recommendations that need to be given to customers (again here is the text for printing):

  1. Keep the tattoo clean, but do not wet. Fresh tattoo – it is, in fact, a wound, so it is important to keep it clean to avoid infection. The tattoo will need to be cleaned regularly, especially in the first 24 to 48 hours. When you remove the bandage, clean the tattoo with antibacterial soap without perfumes or warm water, wet the skin dry, and then apply a thin layer of anti-bacterial moisturizing cream with no fragrances. Make sure you wash your hands first. You can wet the tattoo with a short shower, but it can not be immersed in water, for example, in a bath or swimming. The restriction is valid for at least two to three weeks.
  2. Avoid being too long in the sun and be extra careful with sunscreen. While your tattoo is healing, stay out of the sun or wear clothes that protect the area from the sun, especially if you have a colored tattoo. After healing, you can use a regular sunscreen. If you want the color to stay bright, use a high SPF.
  3. Do not remove the scabs. This can damage the tattoo and create scars. Let everything heals and «falls off» its own course.
  4. Moisturize the tattoo twice a day. Keep the tattoo well moistened during healing with a good moisturizing cream without fragrances.
  5. Good skin means good tattoos. Everything that is good for your skin – diet, plenty of water and no UV – will benefit your tattoo.

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed today’s post.

Keep yourselves safe and stay home!

Love & Lipstick,

Georgia x

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