Next time you get tattooed, use coconut oil in your aftercare routine and see what a difference it can make in the tattoo healing process.
Stepping out of the kitchen, coconut oil has a myriad of uses, with one being as a skin moisturizer. During the healing phase post-tattoo, your skin is busy working its magic, repairing itself from thousands of tiny needle pricks. Coconut oil aids in this process in much of the same manner as other aftercare products, if not better.
Here’s 10 reasons why coconut oil makes the perfect aftercare product:
1. Moist Skin
Coconut oil is the fat extracted from the flesh of coconuts. The medium chain fatty acids found in it retain your skin’s moisture, meaning you new tattoo won’t dry out.
Specifically, the capric, caprylic and lauric fatty acids within coconut act as a natural disinfectant, protecting your tattoo from microbial infections. After paying all that money for a tattoo, the last thing you want is to have bacteria ruin your tattoo artist’s hard work.
3. Free Radicals
The presence of Vitamin E in coconut oil plays two roles: it keeps your skin smooth, preventing dryness and cracking, but also blocks free radicals from your body which keeps your skin youthful in appearance.
4. Skin Rejuvenation
Proteins in coconut oil assist in rejuvenating the skin after the trauma of tattooing. The proteins repair damaged cells at a normal, healthy rate throughout the healing process.
5. Less is More
With a fresh tattoo it can be tempting to apply too much aftercare cream, however this can prevent your skin from breathing. Your skin can only absorb a certain amount of coconut oil, so a thin layer is all you need – your body will tell you when enough is enough.
If you have certain allergies or find you’re sensitive to particular cosmetics, some tattoo aftercare products might not be right for you. Coconut oil is pure coconut and is a great, natural alternative to use.
7. Easy to Find
You don’t need to travel to a tattoo shop to replenish your tattoo aftercare products – coconut oil is readily available in most supermarkets and health food stores.
Many people are choosing to purchase cruelty-free cosmetic items, and with coconut oil you’re secure in the fact that it contains no animal products and is not tested on animals.
9. Buy in bulk and save
Coconut oil can be bought in bulk online from stores such as iHerb and Vitacost – there’s great savings to be made, especially if you’re an avid collector and get tattooed quite often.
10. Alternative Uses
And, if you didn’t already think coconut oil was amazing, its uses stretch further than just tattoo aftercare. Coconut oil is a suitable replacement for products such as: makeup remover, skin exfoliator, all-over body moisturizer, lip gloss, hair conditioner/mask, homemade toothpaste, and can even ease skin disorders like acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Originally published February 2016 for Tattoodo –