I typically use a dermal tape type bandage that protects and lets your skin breath and keeps it protected for the first few days of your healing process. Some areas of the body this does not work well for in this case I will use an absorbent non stick bandage that gets removed after one hour.
After the third day of wearing the dermal tape you will remove the bandage in the shower and wash the new tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap and then for the next 6 weeks you will apply unscented lotion to the tattoo to keep it moisturized while your new layer of skin heals over the top of the tattoo.
After the full heal time of four weeks the skin should be close to its original state before the tattoo. For the best longevity out go your tattoo always wear sun block when outdoors and use moisturizer regularly.