Aquaphor and Inked Ritual Tattoo Careare two completely different products with a very different purpose and function for your tattoo aftercare.
Aquaphor is a multi-purpose healing 'ointment' used for treating diaper rash, chapped lips, dry skin, etc. It can also be used to sooth minor skin wounds, cuts and scrapes. And for some reason people choose to use Aquaphor to heal their new tattoos.
Aquaphor is not a tattoo aftercare product, and if you've ever used it on a fresh tattoo, or even considering using it, then you'll want to read the following first.
Aquaphor contains Petrolatum (petroleum) and Mineral oil which is a liquid form of petroleum jelly. These are waste by-products that come from the petroleum oil distillation process during gasoline production.
Petrolatum and mineral oil are super cheap and toxic ingredients that should never be used on a large open wound like a tattoo.
Aquaphor also contains Lanolin Alcohol, which is an oily material from sheep’s wool. Lanolin Alcohol can cause contact dermatitis rash or other skin reactions. Even worse... some people have noticed their skin appears lighter from lanolin alcohol use.
Aquaphor seals and suffocates the skin's surface due to the thick petrolatum and mineral ingredients. Suffocating your fresh tattoo impairs the tattoo recovery and skin healing process, by blocking the skin's natural respiration. By sealing the surface of your tattooed skin, Aquaphor stops moisture from leaving the skin, which can negatively affect a fresh tattoo during recovery and healing.
During post tattoo recovery, your fresh tattooed skin needs to breathe. Using a petroleum based product like Aquaphorcan cause premature skin aging and tattoo fading.
Using Aquaphor for tattoo aftercare, poses a risk of damaging your tattoo by causing premature fading. It has also been found that petrolatum and mineral oil can pull fresh tattoo ink from the skin. Again, another reason to avoid products that contain petrolatum and or mineral oil ingredients. They can make your tattoos heal less vibrant than they could have.
Now I know that many people have used Aquaphor over the years and will disagree, claiming that it has worked fine. Sure, it may have worked fine, however they are risks, both short term (premature tattoo fading) and long term, such as cancer or other endocrine disorders from the toxins.
So why take the chance of prematurely fading your fresh new tattoo?
Advancements in the skincare industry have greatly evolved over the past few years. There are several excellent all-natural tattoo aftercare products, formulated specifically for tattoo post-recovery and healing. Consider choosing one instead of the baby's diaper rash ointment.
Ok, now let's discuss Inked Ritual. We've had people ask us if Inked Ritual and Aquaphor are the same type of skincare product. And the answer is no, not at all.
Inked Ritual is a Tattoo Care product formulated exclusively to enhance, restore and protect healed tattoos from fading.
This intensive skin rejuvenating serum, uses transdermal technology that penetrates and transports potent active ingredients deep into your tattooed skin. The purpose and function of Inked Ritual is to keep your skin healthy, by boosting collagen production while slowing skin aging. Healthy skin = bold vibrant tattoos.
Being a serum, Inked Ritual's molecular structure is lightweight, non-greasy and will not seal, suffocate or clog your skin's pores like Aquaphor. Healthy youthful skin = bold vibrant tattoos for life.
Another major difference between Inked Ritual and Aquaphor, is not just the advanced serum technology, but also the bio-active ingredients that Inked Ritual contains. This includes 7 anti-aging Peptides, Amino Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Stem Cells, Antioxidants, Vitamins, and Phospholipids.
Inked Ritual is toxin free. There's no petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, parabens, or alcohol ingredients. Inked Ritual is cruelty- free and vegan-friendly.
When it comes to keeping your tattoos looking their best, Inked Ritual is your tattoos first line of defense. You will see the bold vibrancy of your tattoos change after using it. It works on new and old tattoos, and all skin types.
Inked Ritual was not developed for tattoo recovery, and we do not promote it for tattoo healing. But many customers have used Inked Ritual on their fresh ink, and love the results. We recommend using Inked Ritual 7-10 days after getting inked and on all your older tattoos.
Customer feedback is that it reduced inflammation, swelling, irritation, and stopped itching. There was no skin peeling and recovery time was faster with their tattoos looking darker after healing.