How Should I Take Care of My Tattoo Right After Getting It?
Other than regularly applying SPF once that ink is fully healed, you should also make sure you're properly cleaning it.
"Brand-new tattoos need to be kept clean," Dr. Love said. "Activities to avoid after getting a new tattoo include anything that would expose it to potentially harmful bacteria, such as public pools and lakes, public gyms, and beaches."
How Long Should I Keep My New Tattoo Out of the Sun?
During the first week of having your new tattoo, Dr. Love said that you should consider wearing baggier clothing as a way to comfortably keep it covered up. Later on, you should definitely make sure to wear (or continue to wear) sun protection all over your body, but especially over the tattoo.
"Once a tattoo does heal, you can use sunscreen and also wear a UV sleeve, but only when it is fully healed," Caranfa said. "Keep your tattoo in the shade."