Should I Wrap My Tattoo At Night? What’s The Best Way To Protect It From Water Damage

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Should I Wrap My Tattoo At Night

Get that tattoo you’ve been waiting on. You know, the one where you can finally see yourself in all your ink glory? The ink can’t stay in one place for too long, right? It will spread, it will run, it will bubble. The water will do the same thing. It will spread, it will run, it will bubble. The water will do the same thing as well. The humidity, the heat, the cold. You name it, water will find a way to get in.  So, Should I Wrap My Tattoo at Night? What’s the Best Way to Protect It From Water Damage?

Should I wrap my tattoo at night?

Tattooing isn’t a science. It’s an art, but it’s also a science because you can’t just throw a bunch of pigment on the skin and expect it to stay there. You need to make sure that the tattoo is protected from water damage, so even if you do decide to wrap your tattoo at night, make sure you’re also protecting it with proper aftercare and cleaning.

What Can I Do At Night To Keep My Tattoo Safe?

  • Avoid getting it wet.
  • Avoid getting it wet for too long at once.
  • When you do get it wet, remove the tattoo from the water as quickly as possible.
  • Dry your tattoo as quickly as possible after removing it from the water (so be sure to dry it and put on a good moisturizer).
  • Avoid getting your tattoo wet for a few days after getting it done (this will help with healing time).
  • Keep your tattoo away from water when showering and swimming (or any other water activity for that matter). This is especially important if you plan on swimming or getting in the pool with your new ink on display!
  • Keep your tattoo away from blow drying, flat irons, and other forms of heat exposure when possible (this will help prevent fading of your ink).  I know this is hard to avoid but try to keep that in mind! You don’t want to damage that masterpiece you spent hours of your life on.
  • If you do get your tattoo wet, try to keep it from getting too dry before putting on a good moisturizer to help with the healing process (especially if you plan on swimming in the future).
  • Try not to wash your hands too much when washing up at home. This may transfer the ink onto your nails and give you a rash or irritation. It is especially important not to wash with soap after using a lot of hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes as they can actually take away some of the colors from your tattoo!

How To Protect Your Tattoo From Water Damage

  1. When you get home from the tattoo parlor, immediately wash your tattoo with soap and water.
  2. If you want to get a little more artistic with your ink, cover your tattoo in Vaseline or any other type of petroleum jelly.
  3. Cover the tattoo with a plastic bag or a piece of plastic wrap. You can also use an old shower cap or even a thick towel if you have one handy.
  4. Place this plastic wrap over the top of your tattoo so that no air gets in and no water can leak in either! If you are placing it over a dry area, make sure that it fits snugly so that there is no room for air to get in (making it ineffective) or water to leak out (making it ineffective).
  5. Cover your tattoo with another plastic bag or another piece of plastic wrap and place this over the top of the first one as well! This will keep any more air from getting in and any more water from getting out.
  6. If you would like to keep your tattoo covered for longer periods of time, you can use a couple of layers of plastic wrap, or even a rubber band wrapped around it to keep it in place.
  7. Check on your tattoo every couple of hours to make sure that there is no moisture building up underneath the plastic wrap or under the tattoo itself.
  8. When you get home from work, remove the plastic wrap and wash with soap and water as soon as possible.

Best Tattoo Treatment For Water Damage

  • Avoid direct sun exposure.
  • If you must expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, use a high SPF sunscreen with a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB protection.
  • Wash the tattoo area with a soapy solution like baby shampoo or hand soap after exposure to the sun or water.
  • When you’re washing the tattoo, make sure to scrub in small circles, not scrubbing in any one direction or up and down on your arm. This will get rid of any dead skin cells and prevent scabbing over the fresh ink that you just put on your skin.
  • Dry with a soft towel, and lightly mist to prevent cracking from drying out too quickly from air exposure and air conditioning in an office building in which you work during the day (or anywhere else for that matter).
  • Apply a hydrocolloid bandage to the affected area at night after showering, when it is dry, and before bedtime for 12-24 hours.
  • Apply a protective topcoat to the tattoo after it has been protected for 24 hours.
  • If the tattoo is still wet when you get to work in the morning, apply a protective topcoat to the tattoo.
  • Finally, at night, apply a protective topcoat to your tattoo before you go to sleep.


The tattooed skin is a very sensitive body part and can be easily damaged. Therefore, it’s important to take good care of your tattoos. You have to learn how to protect your tattoos from the harmful elements in the environment as well as protect them from getting damaged by water. Taking care of your tattoos will ensure that you get the best look and quality out of them.

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