Today I’m feeding my earthy-crunchy (if “crunch” can be nuts instead of grains, or 90% dark chocolate bars) side and rambling about coconut oil.
Many of us have read about the insane supposed health benefits of coconut oil, which is a medium-chain fatty acid (a really good kind of fat!). I have found it to be pretty beneficial in treating my always-dry winter skin (my skin wasn’t dry upon waking after putting it on before bed – a first), chapped lips, and even my oily face (as long as there’s no existing acne, I never break out and it keeps my skin smoother longer). I decided that since I’d had no bad reactions with it so far, except for that one time I ate too much (stomach not used to it = escape from all entrances, ease your way up, folks!), I’d use it instead of your average, chemical-laden, unscented moisturizer for healing my tattoo, especially since it’s completely natural.
It’s been 9 days since I got the outline done on my tattoo. I have been using coconut oil as a moisturizer almost exclusively since I came home and washed it for the first time. At first, I used way too much, and a pimple started growing in a blank space in the middle of the tattoo, so I lightened up on my application. The first few days, I applied up to 3 times a day to keep it well moisturized. It soaked up the coconut oil pretty quickly, so it was necessary that I re-apply that often. After 3-4 days, the sunburn feeling was gone and the flaking had begun. I was able to get by just moisturizing in the morning and the evening, but was still applying a little more oil when I got home from work, but didn’t need to apply mid-day anymore. Around that time, I tried a lotion instead, but it was not unscented, and I had to rush home to wash my arm of the burning lotion! This past weekend, I used a lightly scented lotion because I had no coconut oil with me and was out overnight unexpectedly. The itching was unbearable! But as of today, there’s only a slight itch that I can easily ignore, the flaking is almost done (probably be done by tomorrow), and the lines are only slightly raised.
So maybe it is not a miracle oil, I don’t know, but it helps my skin stay hydrated for longer than your average lotion, so I will continue to use it throughout my tattooing process (next appointment, to begin coloring, is on the 21st). I’ll be curious to see if it helps along the healing process of the filled in sections when we get to that, but since I have no prior experience, I won’t really know :) My only tattoo experience prior to this is a small, only black tattoo, and I don’t really remember the healing process. I know that I learned bigger tattoos are easier to handle, pain-wise, since you actually have time for your skin to adjust and release some endorphins. Go big, or go home! My tattoo artist has some information of the healing process and what to expect on her FAQ page.
Pictures, when it’s done & healed, I promise.