Aftercare

Yayo Familiar Aftercare on display

Looking after tattoos correctly while they are healing is essential and will keep the pieces looking great after the healing process.

As a studio we stock YAYO Familia as we feel this is the best for your aftercare needs, however we are happy to advise you on any aftercare you choose to use.

Cruelty Free Aftercare

All products we sell are free of animal based ingredients and have not been tested on animals.

Aftercare Made in the U.K

YAYO Familia® is an ethical brand who hand-make skincare products for tattoo artists globally

100% Vegan Aftercare

We are 100% vegan friendly and aim to remain that way.

All natural ingredients in the aftercare

Our products are innovative and industry leading and are made where possible with 100% natural ingredients.

Aftercare Advice

Looking after your new tattoo

Looking after your new tattoo

Looking after your new tattoo

The Aftercare following a tattoo is important to promote good healing and risk of infection. For the first week or so it is normal for the area to be red and tender. As with all body art, infection is a risk. Please take the following advice regarding aftercare.

  • Remove dressing after 2-3 hours– When a tattoo is freshly made it seeps, caused by the puncturing of the skin during the tattoo procedure. The dressing on the new tattoo is to catch the excess white blood cells and ink that leaks from your skin, as well as protecting your new tattoo from dirt, oil, dust etc. In the initial stages of healing
  • Wash your tattoo with lukewarm soapy water and pat dry with a clean towel- When you first remove the dressing from your tattoo there will be a buildup of excess ink and dried white blood cells, it will look a bit gooey. Gently wash this away with an everyday soap and warm water, don’t use a wash cloth or anything abrasive, gently pat dry. Do not rub as this will only aggravate your skin. It is important to only use a clean towel.
  • Apply the recommended cream 2-3 times a day– Apply a small amount of the aftercare cream your artist has recommended to you, to prevent drying and tightening of the skin. Do not use Vaseline, this forms a barrier to the air and prolongs the healing. Creams such as savlon have an additive containing yeast cells that can cause infections. Other medical products may contain Neosorin that can destroy the ink and cause irritation. DO NOT share your aftercare cream with another person, they may or may not be carrying an infection or bacteria that could harm you.
  • A scab will form 1-3 days after the procedure– Allow this to naturally heal, DO NOT pick or scratch the tattoo whilst healing. If damage is made to the scab it will promote bleeding which can draw the ink from the tattoo, causing patches of the ink to disappear.
  • Keep your tattoo clean– Avoid contact with oil, dust, dirt etc. If you work in a dirty environment, make sure to protect your healing tattoo. Loose, clean clothes are recommended to avoid irritation.
  • DO NOT soak your healing tattoo– You can shower your healing tattoo but DO NOT submerge in a bath as it can cause serious damage and prolong the healing time. Avoid bathing and swimming for 2-3 weeks.
  • Avoid direct sunlight– All pigment (colour) is affected by light. Both sunlight and artificial light can damage your tattoo and fade the pigment. DO NOT expose your healing tattoo to strong sunlight or sunbeds for at least 3 weeks. Once healed use a total sun block (high factor) on the tattoo to avoid fading.

If you are unsure of anything or have any questions at all regarding your new tattoo, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01827 50035 or the 'contact us' section at the top of the page.

Pre-Tattoo Advice

Looking after your new tattoo

Looking after your new tattoo

  • If your booked in for a full day sitting a good nights sleep is essential, you will be sitting for long periods of time & it will potentially drain you.


  • Do not drink alcohol or take aspirin before you get tattooed. Both of these thin the blood and can cause you to bleed heavily during the tattoo process.


  • Please bring a drink and/or sweet snack such as chocolate, especially if it is your first tattoo, or if your booked in for a longer session (complimentary sweets are available at the studio)


  • If you'd like to listen to some music please feel free to just bring along some earphones, although we do have Netflix to keep you entertained in each of the studio rooms!


  • Communication - always talk to us, if there is something you are unsure about or you have a question please don't sit there in silence, talk to us. Everyone at The Ink Effect are personable, friendly and willing to help in anyway they can.