HEALING INSTRUCTIONS Leave the bandage on for a minimum of 2 hours. Take the bandage off and gently hand wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Rinse it with cold water and pat it dry with clean paper towels. Then put a thin layer of aquaphor on the tattoo. Do this about 3 times a day for the first 2 days. A fresh tattoo usually starts to get dry about the third day. When this happens stop using the aquaphor and switch to plain white unscented body lotion. Just put lotion on it 2 or 3 times a day until it is healed. The first 2 days is the most important to keep it clean. Obviously do not go swimming or tanning until the tattoo is healed. A properly done and taken care of tattoo should be healed within 3 weeks. Thanks for visiting us!