Healing Option 1:
1: I remove my bandage after 4-6 hours in a clean environment (like your home).
2: I will then wash my tattoo gently with soap and water. I use my normal body wash, figuring my body chemistry is already used to that product, Antimicrobial Soap is preferred by the medical community. Use your hands to gently wash the tattoo area, removing all the excess ointment, plasma, and/or blood. Sometimes it's just easier to jump in the shower to make sure it's cleaned thoroughly. Tattoos can get wet, they just don't like it when you soak them excessively.
3: After washing, gently pat dry.
4: Apply a thin coat of lotion to the tattoo 3-5 times a day for the next two weeks. Thoroughly rubbing the lotion into the tattoo, to help moisturize the new skin growing and helping to prevent it from drying out. The MOST IMPORTANT thing (besides keeping it clean) I always try to remember while healing a tattoo, is to make sure that I DO NOT LET MY TATTOO DRY OUT by using THIN COATS of lotion all throughout the day. Not just blobbing a bunch on and expecting it to last all day. I have had great success using 3 different brands of lotions. The one I use currently is "Palmers Cocoa Butter". The others I have used are: Lubriderm, and Curel. If you decide on one of the last 2 mentioned, make sure you use the non scented, non SPF brand. Just keep it plain and simple.
THINGS TO KNOW:
Just use common sense
Always keep your tattoo clean.
It is ok to get your tattoo wet. DO NOT soak it.
No Pools, No Baths, etc.
No Tanning or Tanning Lotions.
Immediately wash if any animal brushes against it.
If for some reason you use any lotion or product that stings excessively,
wash skin immediately!! Then try one of the other healing options.