Questions & Answers - Tattoo Aftercare

Today I am going to share with you a recent inquiry.

Are there natural ingredients I can use to take care of my new tattoo?

Yes there are natural ingredients that you can use to keep your freshly inked tattoo well moisturized during the healing process. But before we go in to the heart of the discussion, let’s take a look at what is and what is not recommended by tattoo artists.

A good tattoo artist who cares about their work and you as a customer will tell you the appropriate ways of caring for your tattoo. This includes leaving the covering on for a given amount of time, regular cleaning, moisturizing and above all else NO picking or scratching! 

When looking for a cleanser and moisturizer you want to be sure they do not contain any of the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Coloring
  • Fragrance (Synthetic)
  • Lanolin
  • Mineral oil
  • Petroleum

These ingredients do more harm than good. So select your products wisely as tattoos are (generally) for life and should be treated as such. 

Growing up in a household that always used Dove soap, I found the white, unscented bars to be perfectly suitable for cleaning my own tattoos. You can use any soap or brand that you prefer, just keep in mind the list of ingredients to avoid. The same holds true for a moisturizer; many tattoo artists will have recommended brands.  I know of folks that have used Aquaphor and Lubriderm without issue. 

The aforementioned products work well; however for those with a more natural mindset I recommend natural alternatives. For a moisturizer I would use coconut oil as it has long been known to heal, soothe, soften and moisturize skin. As I’ve mention in other posts, be sure to avoid food grade coconut oil as those are often heat processed; which removes many of its natural properties.  Look for words like virgin, cold processed or raw; virgin notates that the coconut oil has not been refined.  

Tattoo Love Recipe

  • Coconut oil


  1. Begin with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil at a time and gently massage on to the tattoo with clean hands (Coconut oil can be hard out of the container; roll it around in your hands until it becomes soft enough to apply.)
  2. Gently blot your skin with a clean towel to remove any unabsorbed oil; do not scrub the skin
  3. Repeat the moisturizing process as instructed by your tattoo artist

The great thing about coconut oil is that you can continue to use it daily ever after your tattoo is healed.  This will keep it looking fresh and wonderfully moisturized.  Avoiding excessive sun exposure will also help as sunlight will fade tattoos. Personally I don’t tan anymore so mine look like they’re practically new. The down side of not tanning is that I suffer from having ghostly pale legs; I consider it a worthwhile tradeoff. 

Until next time, discover the power of caring for your ink.

For additional information on coconut oil, check out the following link:

Kitchen Cupboard Underground is a weekly blog on home remedies and natural wellness. Find 100% natural, wellness and personal care products Made for You and delivered to your door at
Receive Kitchen Cupboard Underground with a Free Subscription.