Caring for your new piercing
1st / 2nd month: Mindfulness, coconut oil, warm salt soaks
Your new piercing wants to be left alone for the most part. Mindfulness is a great practice to get into when honoring your new body adornment. Mindfulness is simply raising your awareness of your piercing during the first month or two when it is new. How you treat your piercing during this stage depicts the length of time it will take to fully heal, and we want to see you heal as soon as humanly possible.
Mindfulness tips: Avoid sleeping on your new piercing. Be extra cautious when changing your clothes, brushing your hair, drying off after a shower or washing your face, these are the times when we tend to catch the piercing.
Coconut oil or almond oil are not necessary, but highly recommended during this stage of your healing. Both oils contain natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. We recommend the application of these oils at night before bed and applied using your ring finger and not a q-tip. Apply a small amount on the skin near your new piercing and avoid moving the jewelry.
Warm salt soaks are a great way to clean the inside of your new piercing without touching it. Your new piercing wants to be left alone! There are delicate skin cells working hard to solidify on the inside environment, so never rotate, touch, or play with your jewelry.
Salt soak tips: Once a day. Mix a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in a clean 8-ounce container of warm water then submerge your piercing for 2 - 5 minutes. For areas on the body that are tricky to soak, use a paper towel or gauze to soak up the warm saltwater and gently create a compress against your healing piercing. After a soak or compress, let the piercing air dry.
Oral piercings: Rinse with alcohol free mouthwash after you eat, drink, or smoke with thee exception of drinking water. Rinse with warm saltwater morning and evening, as fresh oral piercings tend to be more swollen during these times of the day.