10 Reasons Why Coconut Oil Is The Perfect Tattoo Aftercare Product

10 Reasons Why Coconut Oil Is The Perfect Tattoo Aftercare Product

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.
Coconut butter and coconut oil are not interchangeable. The butter contains the actual fruit of the coconut. You want coconut oil which is smooth and will absorb into your skin.
2. Protection
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.
A red and swollen, infected tattoo. Coconut oil can help prevent bacteria causing a skin infection.
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.
When your tattoo begins to peel, apply a light layer of coconut oil to moisturize the dry skin.
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.
The brand of coconut oil doesn't matter, but look for keywords such as 'organic' and 'unrefined' on the labels as these are the best quality and most natural which will give you all the benefits listed here.
6. Hypoallergenic
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.
If you live in a warm climate, it's best to store your coconut oil in the fridge to keep it firm and easier to apply to your skin.
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.

8. Cruelty-Free
 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.
Tattoo prior to moisturizing with coconut oil.
After moisturizing with coconut oil the tattoo colours look more vibrant - plus you smell great!
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.
If you use your coconut oil for both tattoo aftercare and cooking, you may want to transfer half to another container so you're not contaminating the oil.
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.
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