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The popularity of tattoos shows no signs of slowing down, with everyone and their grandmother getting one to commemorate a special event or birthday, but once you've made the initial decisions, such as choosing a design and an experienced, reputable professional, you'll want to give your skin some extra TLC.

Because a tattoo is similar to an open wound, caring for your body art is paramount: keep it covered, keep it clean, moisturize the area and protect it from the sun.  Here are a few tips on how to keep your skin healthy during the healing period and have your tattoo looking its best for many years to come:

1. Resist the urge to remove your bandage before the time advised by your tattoo artist. No peeking! You'll have a lifetime to admire the artwork.
2. Gently wash the area using a mild, unscented soap, patting dry with a soft towel.
3. Apply a gentle, unscented, non-petroleum based moisturizer (petroleum draws ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin and may cause fading). Your tattoo artist may recommend waiting a few days before this step to allow the skin to begin healing.
4. Avoid submerging the tattooed area (no baths or swimming) until fully healed.
5. Because newly tattooed skin can be extra sensitive and feel like a scrape or burn, you may want to cover up with clean, loose clothing. Your skin may go through a phase of scabbing. Allow the skin to peel away on its way, no matter how itchy it may get! Removing skin and scabs may cause scarring and remove pigment.
6. As UV light can fade the ink, it's important to use a [Link Removed].
7. Because tattooed skin can make it  more difficult to spot moles, do a regular visual check.  If you see any changes to your skin, consult a dermatologist to rule out anything that may need medical attention.  

If you've done your research well, then trust in your tattoo artist. He or she will be your best source of information when it comes to taking care of your new body art.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti-aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].
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