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Aftercare

At BodyMods we’re the experts when it comes to in-studio care and aftercare and offer only the best products.

Following the proper aftercare procedures is a critical part of the health and life of your new tattoo. Your new tattoo is an open wound and is extremely susceptible to all kinds of bacteria, viruses, and diseases. Let us help you get the best results when it comes to your new ink!

  • BodyMods StretchAide

    This BodyMods exclusive product is a water-based lube specially formulated for stretching your existing piercings or to aid in putting in your jewellery. A fantastic alternative to anything you've tried! Apply to your taper and the piercing you want to stretch. With gentle pressure, push the taper through your piercing. Always stretch with freshly washed hands and clean jewellery. BodyMods StretchAide Bottle:  120ml/4oz
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  • H2Ocean Healing Oral Rinse

    H2Ocean’s oral rinse is designed to heal and protect new oral piercings without the use of harmful chemicals; such as alcohol and fluoride. This sea salt based oral rinse uses enzymes naturally found in your saliva to aide in the healing process. H2Ocean’s oral rinse contains the ingredient xylitol which helps prevent dry mouth; it also helps to prevent plaque and the strep virus from forming. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in fruits and vegetables and make rising with sea salt water easier or more enjoyable. Healing Rinse: 237ml/8oz
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  • H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray

    H2Ocean aftercare spray is the most effective product for cleansing and healing your body piercings. It contains all natural ingredients which make it safe and gentle for all skin types. The enzymatic sea salt solution has been pH balanced; it's been enriched with over 82 trace element, minerals and remains gluten-free. Its non-aerosol bag in the can creates a sterile packaging from beginning to end, without worrying about cross-contamination. This easy to use spray can allows for cleaning on the go and can be used on any angle for all your piercing needs. Large Spray Bottle: 120ml/4oz Small Spray Bottle: 44.36ml/1.5oz
  • H2Ocean Sea Life Sunscreen

    H2Ocean's non-scented, hypoallergenic sunscreen helps to protect your tattoo (and skin!) from the harmful rays of the sun. Sea Life is waterproof up to thirty minutes and sweat resistant for up to fifty minutes to suit any active lifestyle. H2Ocean's non-stinging, oil-free formula has a natural cooling sensation while applied to your skin. Sea Life offers both UVA/UVB protection to your skin and tattoo. Sea Life Container: 28g/1oz  
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  • H2Ocean Sea Salt Piercing Spray - Vegan

    H2Ocean's Sea Salt Piercing Spray is a purified all-natural ocean salt water. H2Ocean is the most effective product for cleansing and healing your body piercings. The Sea Salt Spray is hypoallergenic, preservative free and non-GMO vegan aftercare. The bag in can barrier system ensures sterility and the spray has a gentle, non-stinging formula. Sea Salt Piercing Spray Bottle: 180ml/6oz
  • H2Ocean Tattoo Blue Green Foam Soap - Vegan

    Blue Green Foam Soap was specifically created to gently wash and disinfect your new tattoo while keeping your colours safe and vibrant from day one. H2Ocean's Blue Green Foam Soap is enriched with soothing aloe vera and is perfect for those with sensitive skin. This all-natural anti-microbial soap is not harsh like most other anti-bacterial soaps, and it effectively stops the excessive drying and scabbing. Use it as a wash while getting tattooed to prevent inflammation and throughout your entire healing process for best results. Blue Green Foam Soap Bottle: 50ml/1.7oz
  • H2Ocean Ocean Care Cream - Vegan

    H2Ocean's Ocean Care Cream is an all natural tattoo aftercare designed to nourish, revitalize, and protect your new tattoo. This moisturizing cream is enriched with 82 essential trace elements and minerals that keep your tattoo healthy and moisturized with each application. Ocean Care Cream does not sit on the skin, nor does it smudge or stick to your clothes. It will keep your tattoo hydrated while reducing scabbing and preserve the appearance by locking in the colour of your new tattoo. The Ocean Care Cream is fantastic for sensitive skin and works as an anti-inflammatory while remaining fragrance-free. Ocean Care Cream Bottle: 74ml/2.5oz
  • H2Ocean Tattoo Ocean Foam

    Ocean Foam is the first all-natural, water-based skin moisturizing foam that is designed for the tattoo community. H2Ocean's Ocean Foam acts as a natural liquid bandage that moisturizes your tattoo while locking in colour without clogging your pores. This foam barrier stops airborne pathogens from entering your tattoo with its high-quality pharmaceutical grade ingredients. When used according to directions, Ocean Foam minimizes scabbing and infuses your skin with necessary vitamins and minerals to soothe it while creating the optimal healing environment for your new tattoo. Ocean Foam Bottle: 56.7g/2oz
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  • BodyMods StretchAide Tape

    This BodyMods exclusive product is 100% PTFE,  BodyMods StretchAide Tape is a helpful way to stretch from one size to the next or to help you get those double flares in.  A fantastic alternative to anything you've tried and the perfect compliment to StretchAide Lubricant. Apply one wrap of the BodyMods StretchAide Tape a week to your metal tunnel or plug. To insert the jewellery back into your piercing apply a small amount of StretchAide Lubricant to your jewellery, with gentle pressure, push it through your piercing. Always stretch with freshly washed hands and clean jewellery. BodyMods StretchAide Tape:  12mm/0.075mm/12mm/0.4g-cm2
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  • Tattoo Medic CBD Oil

    Our CBD oil's a natural powerhouse with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Applying this to your tattoo during the healing period will keep it safe from bacteria and reduce the pain and discomfort you'll feel. Tattoo Medic CBD Oil is made from Kentucky industrial hemp with 500mg of naturally occuring cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, and CBDA). It contains 0% THC and is legal in all 50 United States of America and Canada. No prescription needed.
    These statements have not been verified by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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PIERCING AFTERCARE

Taking care of your new piercing is easy – and super duper important! Click on the drop downs to learn the best way to heal fast and avoid infections.

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H2OCEAN PIERCING PRODUCTS

This combination of sea salt and lysozyme creates the perfect solution to heal your new piercing. Using harsh soaps and chemicals that destroy beneficial bacteria will extend your healing time and leave you exposed to infections longer. By picking a gentle and effective solution like H2Ocean, you’ll have a happier piercing. Who doesn’t want to heal quickly and side step any nasty complications?

A vegan option without lysozyme is available as well, and is just as effective!

H2Ocean oral rinses are designed to help heal and protect new oral piercings without using harmful chemicals – they’re the perfect replacement to watered down mouthwash and homemade saline solutions. They’re alcohol and fluoride free, so you can rinse regularly without fear of drying out your piercing.

This mouthwash is so effective because the sea salt and natural antibacterial enzymes help you heal quickly. An added bonus? H2Ocean’s mouthwash formulas are enriched with xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in fruits and vegetables – and is produced naturally by the human body in small amounts. It helps to prevent dry mouth, strep from grouping and plaque from staining teeth. It’s good for more than just your piercing!

The days of mixing a salt solution and the dreaded taste of such mixtures are over – now you can choose from Arctic Ocean Mint and Fresh Lemon Ice oral rinses. Rinsing with sea salt water has never been easier or more enjoyable.

The H2Ocean’s patented sea salt formula is packaged under sterile conditions and uses a state-of-the-art can with an interior lining. This means the solution is never exposed to air or bacteria – it’s the most sterile option you can choose!

BODY PIERCING AFTERCARE

  • Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap.
  • Rinse the piercing with warm water to soften any crusty material that has formed around the jewellery. Wipe the crusties off with a cotton swab.
  • Spray directly on your new piercings and allow solution to dry and absorb into the skin. The enzymes in H2Ocean’s formula will start attacking the bad bacteria right away and continue fighting off bacteria for up to 4-5 hours. H2Ocean spray doesn’t harm any good bacteria you need to heal. The natural sea salt’s essential minerals go to work feeding your body what it needs to nourish cells and increase their regeneration (this is the fancy way to say it heals you). H2Ocean is the only aftercare formula that contains an antibacterial enzyme and healing agent.
  • Recommended use is 3-6 times a day.

Note: H2Ocean’s piercing aftercare spray can also be used as a sea salt soak when needed for infections, keloids and other irritations.

  • Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap.
  • Rinse the piercing with warm water to soften any crusty material that has formed around the jewellery. Wipe the crusties off with a cotton swab.
  • If you must wash your piercing, use a mild glycerin based soap. Do not turn the jewellery – this can move bacteria into the piercing.
  • Rinse well to remove all soap – anything left behind can irritate your new piercing!
  • Clean your piercing with a sterile saline solution, preferably from a pressurized can to maintain sterility. Do this step a total of 4 times a day.
  • Another trick is to take a small amount of saline solution in a cup and microwave until warm. Soak the piercing in the warm saline solution for 5-10 minutes then pat dry.
  • If you need to touch your piercing, ALWAYS wash your hands first! (but please avoid touching unless really necessary!)
  • Don’t play with your piercing – and don’t let anyone else touch, kiss or lick your piercing until it’s fully healed.
  • Do not wear any restricting clothing over your piercing and wash your sheets once a week.
  • Don’t listen to your friends if you have questions concerning your piercing – drop by or call us. We are professionals and want your piercing to heal.

ORAL PIERCING AFTERCARE

  • Rinse mouth for 30-60 seconds with H2Ocean Oral Rinse after meals for the entire healing time. Do not use more than 4-5 times a day.
  • That’s it – it’s that easy!
  • Rinse for 30-60 seconds with an alcohol-free mouthwash (watered down 50%) after meals until fully healed. Do not use more than 4-5 times a day.
  • Rinse for 10-15 seconds with saline solution. Do not repeat this step more than twice a day as overdoing it will result in discoloration of the tongue.
  • An alternative to saline solution is non-iodized sea salt water. Mix a ¼ tsp. sea salt in 1 cup warm water.
  • Scrub the jewellery with a new soft toothbrush to keep plaque from forming on it.
  • If you need to touch your piercing, always wash your hands first! (but please avoid touching unless really necessary!)
  • Don’t play with your piercing – and don’t let anyone else touch, kiss or lick your piercing until it’s fully healed.
  • Avoid spicy, acidic, salty and hot (temperature) foods and drinks for a few days.
  • We recommend reducing smoking or quitting during healing.
  • Take your time eating – remember slow, small bites.
  • Don’t listen to your friends if you have questions concerning your piercing – drop by or call us. We are professionals and want to your piercing to heal.

Note: It is normal for whitish-yellow fluid to discharge from the piercing area. This discharge is a mixture of blood plasma, lymph and dead cells. This is what may form a crust on the piercing. This is not puss, and indicates a healing piercing.

CHEMICALS WILL NOT HELP YOU HEAL

Any product like these will not help you: alcohol, iodine, hibitain, bactine, bacitracin, Polysporin, Neutrogena, antibacterial soap, peroxide and any other chemical based cleaner.

While great for their intended uses, they’ll slow down the healing process of your piercing. Chemicals in these products kill the new cells that form to help heal the piercing, resulting in the piercing remaining an open wound for longer. This means you’re increasing the chances of complications. All of them will dry out your skin and some are oil-based (that means your new piercing won’t be able to breathe!). Both these things will lead to a longer healing time and – you guessed it – increase your risk of complications.

What You Can Expect From Your New Piercing

Swelling is normal with any new piercing. Ice and an anti-inflammatory (like Advil) will help keep the swelling down. Sleeping with the pierced body part slightly elevated will hep reduce swelling as well. Most swelling will last only 3-5 days. You can also expect a bit bleeding and slight bruising – so don’t worry if this is happening. You may also experience aching, pinching and tightness, as well as other unpleasant sensations for the first a few days. If you’re not sure if what you feel is normal, ask a piercer! Our piercers at the Studio are happy to help, whether they pierced you or not.

TATTOO AFTERCARE

Tattoo aftercare is as easy as it is important! Click on the drop downs to learn the best way to heal fast, keep your inks bold, and avoid infections.

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H2OCEAN TATTOO PRODUCTS

H2Ocean’s Aquatat is the first ointment created to effectively protect your tattoo with pharmaceutical grade ingredients. Aquatat is FDA and Health Canada approved – as well as being dermatologist recommended! In addition to being a great ointment to heal with, Aquatat can also be used as a gilde while being tattooed.

Specifically made for tattoos, this ointment has a high antioxidant content that works to improve your skin’s natural nutrient absorption to keep your tattoo healthy. It’s fragrance-free and made with sensitive skin in mind.

Need another reason to love Aquatat? It doesn’t use the mineral oil commonly found in other ointments and replaced it with palm oil for its non-clogging, rejuvenating properties – this is how you treat your new tattoo right.

Blue Green Foam Soap is an antibacterial soap specifically created to gently wash and disinfect your new tattoo – all while keeping your colors safe and vibrant from day one. FDA and Health Canada approved, Blue Green Foam Soap is enriched with soothing aloe vera and is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

This all natural soap isn’t harsh like most other anti-bacterial soaps, and it effectively stops excessive drying and scabbing. Use it as a wash while getting tattooed to prevent inflammation and throughout your entire healing process for best results.

Ocean Care Moisturizing Cream is designed to nourish, revitalize, and protect your new tattoo. This moisturizing cream is enriched with USP grade ingredients and 82 essential trace elements and minerals that keep your tattoo healthy and moisturized with each application.

Ocean Care Cream doesn’t sit on the skin, nor does it smudge or stick to your clothes – it absorbs into your skin and gets busy! It keeps your tattoo hydrated while reducing scabbing and helps preserve the appearance and quality of your new tattoo.

H2Ocean’s Ocean Foam is one of a kind. This foam acts as a natural liquid bandage that moisturizes your tattoo while locking in colour. How neat is that?

This foam barrier stops the infiltration and penetration of airborne pathogens with high quality pharmaceutical grade ingredients – each carefully selected to protect you. Ocean Foam, when used according to direction, minimizes scabbing and infuses your skin with necessary vitamins and minerals to soothe your skin while creating the best healing environment for your new tattoo.

H2Ocean’s all natural sunscreen helps to protect your tattoo (and skin!) from the harmful rays of the sun – it’s also reef safe, so it helps protect the environment. Win-win!

Sea Life is waterproof up to thirty minutes and sweat resistant for up to fifty minutes to suit active lifestyles. H2Ocean’s non-stinging, oil-free formula has a natural cooling sensation when applied to your skin.

It’s formula is hypoallergenic, fragrance and oil free to keep sensitive skin happy, and offers both UVA/UVB protection to your skin and tattoo, so your ink stays sharp for life. You’re getting the full package with this sunscreen.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO

  • Do not re-bandage your tattoo. Once the bandage has been gently removed after the designated time (2-3 hours for traditional bandages), do not place another bandage on top of the new tattoo. Another bandage can slow healing time and stop the area from “breathing” – this means it can hold in harmful bacteria that grows in the moisture between the bandage and your skin.
  • Your tattoo should be washed with anti-microbial Blue Green Foam Soap and ONLY with your hand or fingers. Always wash your hands thoroughly with Blue Green Foam Soap prior to touching your tattoo. This will rid your hands of any bacteria, viruses, and other nasty things that can cause infections or worse.
  • Do not use a wash cloth or any abrasive materials to clean your tattoo. Abrasive materials will irritate the skin and can leave fragments behind in your tattoo which may slow healing and create a higher risk of infection. Instead, wash the area softly with your clean hand and allow the tattoo to air dry before applying Aquatat or Ocean Care Tattoo Cream. Keep this up for at least the first two weeks of healing.
  • Do not pick or scratch your tattoo – this is important. Picking or scratching the tattoo will pull out ink, fade the tattoo and make the area angry. If your tattoo itches, you can lightly tap the area with the palm of your clean hand to lessen the irritating feeling. This is the hardest rule to follow, but we guarantee it’s worth it to leave your tattoo alone!Note: If your artist uses a second skin bandage, you’ll need to keep it on for 24+ hours – your artist will advise the right time for your piece. You’ll be able to see plasma pooling underneath – this is normal! Depending on the piece, you may have to come back the next day for a fresh bandage. If you’re used to the old bandages, this will feel really weird – we get it! But please leave it on. Second skin bandages will allow your tattoo to breathe, while acting as a barrier against dirt, germs and water.
  • Avoid hot tubs, pools and the ocean during the healing process. Chlorine and other harmful chemicals from hot tubs and public pools can ruin your tattoo as well as irritating it or causing infection. Ocean water has many microorganisms and bacteria floating around in it that can inflame and infect your tattoo while it’s healing. Some of the diseases that can be caused from swimming in these areas are: cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), Viral Hepatitis A, E. coli, and leptospirosis.
  • Do not soak your tattoo with water while in the shower. Overexposing your tattoo to water will increase scabbing which may cause your new tattoo to look murky and faded after the area has finished healing.
  • Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for the first few weeks. Not only will sunlight and tanning beds be very painful to the tattooed area, but will cause the ink to fade – laser removal is the same radiation as tanning beds, but more intense. It causes the ink to break down and disperse into your surrounding skin, making your tattoo disappear. The sun and tanning beds aren’t that strong, but they’ll definitely leave your tattoo faded and splotchy. Can’t avoid the sun? Sea Life sunscreen is safe to use the day after you get tattooed.
  • Avoid sand and using tanning oils and lotions. The oils and lotions used for tanning have harmful ingredients that should not be put on an open wound (which your tattoo is). Wait at least 30 days before applying tanning lotions and oils to the newly tattooed area.
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes – they might irritate a new tattoo. Just as abrasive materials such as washcloths, loofahs, and towels will greatly irritate your new tattoo, clothes that are constantly rubbing and very tight will have the same effect. Loose fitting clothing with the addition of H2Ocean Ocean Foam will keep you and your tattoo comfy.Note: Even after you have healed, direct sunlight and tanning beds will break up the ink in your skin and cause you to lose a lot of the detail and your light colors.
  • Aquatat – no alternatives.
  • Blue Green Foam Soap – mild liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap.
  • Ocean Care Cream – Vitamin A + D enriched ointment or an antibacterial ointment is acceptable.
  • Ocean Care Foam – no alternatives.
  • Sea Life Sunscreen – SPF 45 broad spectrum sunscreen works after your tattoo is healed. We also strongly recommend looking for reef-safe options to help the environment, but your tattoo won’t know the difference.