Tattoo Advice

Preparation, Aftercare & Healing.
Please read through this page before and after your Skin Kandy Tattoo.

Preparing for your tattoo

Preparing yourself

Please consult both your doctor and your artist if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you suffer from any long-term illness or injury (whether it requires medication or not)
  • If you have recently been unwell
  • If you take any regular medication
  • If you have recently finished a course of medication.

Please be aware that if you do suffer with any ongoing illness, have been recently unwell or have/are taking medication it can in some cases significantly affect the way that your body reacts to being tattooed.

In the week leading up to:

Please do:
  • Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Eat well and make sure you are rested
  • Moisturise the area daily with cocoa butter or similar.
  • Be sure to wash regularly and make sure your skin is clean on the day of your appointment.
Please avoid:
  • Use of any self/fake tanning or hair removal products.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption (especially within the 48hours leading up to your tattoo)
  • Coming straight from work without rest in between.


Once your tattoo is complete, your artist will either wrap your tattoo with cling film or use a product called SaniDerm.

If your artist uses cling film

  • Leave this on for 1 - 2 hours
  • Once removed, clean the area with water and kitchen roll to remove any excess ink or blood and pat dry, again, with kitchen roll.
  • Allow your tattoo to settle and "breathe" for at least 24 hours before applying cream.
  • The aim of using cream is to keep the skin hydrated so use sparingly as needed.
  • We recommend either Bepanthen or Palmers Cocoa Butter in small amounts, used as a moisturiser.
  • If your job requires you to get dirty or dusty, be sure to keep the area covered with lose clothing.

DO NOT re-cover with cling film

If your artist uses SaniDerm

  • The first treatment will be applied by your artist once your tattoo is completed.
  • They will also go through the application process with you.
  • It should be left on for 8 – 24 hours depending on how heavily your tattoo is bleeding or weeping.
  • It is normal for blood and fluids to collect under the bandage.
  • Once the first bandage is removed clean the area with water and kitchen roll. Please avoid using any soaps.
  • Pat dry once cleaned and apply the second Bandage.
  • This can be kept on for up to five days
  • Once the second bandage is removed, most of your healing process is complete though you should use a light, low ingredient moisturiser sparingly on the skin once or twice a day (we advise cocoa butter).

Please note: There is a charge of £5 for one week’s supply of SaniDerm aftercare

Things to avoid during healing

During the healing

  • Soaking your tattoo in water for prolonged periods.
  • Use of swimming pools and the sea.
  • Self tanning products, use of sun beds and excessive exposure to sunlight. (Once healed use factor 50+ sun cream on our tattoo to prevent premature fading)
  • Shaving or using hair removal products in the area.
  • Coming into contact with dirt, dust or harsh chemicals.
  • Do not pick or scratch your new tattoo while healing as this can result in loss of ink and scaring.

Touch ups

Touching up your Tattoo

In some cases, tattoos will need a small touch up session if the healing process has resulted in any fading or ink loss. We have a reduced charge should your tattoo need a top up once healed:

  • Small pieces of script/ small simple tattoos within 5cm diameter - £10
  • Top ups on all other tattoos will be charged at - £30

Please be aware that tattoos on the hands/fingers and feet are very prone to fading and ink loss during the healing period and will almost certainly need a second sitting.