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4 Natural Oil Treatments to Moisturize Tattoos

Natural oils are amazing for your skin, and every oil has a different purpose and function. But, for Inked Ritual, we chose not to use any oils in our formula for several reasons

Here is a summary of reasons why we excluded natural oils from Inked Ritual's serum:

  • They can have an overpowering fragrance.
  • They can leave the skin feeling oily, greasy and uncomfortable.
  • Oils may suffocate the skin, clog the pores and cause irritation in some people.
  • Most importantly, they do not adequately penetrate the epidermis layer of your skin, and cannot transport all of Inked Ritual's active skin rejuvenating ingredients into your skin.

Now, with that said, the following four oils are great to keep the outer surface of your skin moisturized, which will also help in keeping your tattooed skin looking good: 

1. Vitamin E Oils


  • Vitamin E oil helps moisturize and soften your skin, and possibly help reduce the appearance of scars. 
  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help repair UV damaged skin, and protect your skin from free radical damage.


  • Vitamin E has the potential to clog your skin's pores if it is over-applied, especially for people with natural oily skin. Look for "non-comedogenic" (will not clog pores) on the label.
  • A study on Vitamin E, found that putting on too much Vitamin E oil may worsen the appearance of scars, or have no positive effect at all. A third of the participants in the study developed a skin rash. Even though this is rare, make sure to test it on a small area before you use it on your tattoo.
  • Some Vitamin E products may stain/discolor clothing.
  • Make sure to always read the ingredients on the label before applying any "Vitamin E" products. Many of the over the counter products contain active and inactive ingredients that can damage your tattoos. Always look for 100% Pure Vitamin E Oil, with no additives. 

2. Grapeseed Oil

  • Grapeseed oil is a natural by-product from pressing grape seeds during the winemaking process.
  • This oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-oxidant properties.
  • It is an excellent skin moisturizer that can improve your skin’s elasticity and softness while helping your tattoo heal.
  • Grapeseed oil works well and naturally with Vitamin E and Vitamin C to efficiently and effectively help preserve your skin.
  • The powerful antioxidants in Grapeseed Oil may also help protect your skin from absorbing damaging UV rays.
  • Grapeseed oil can slow down blood clotting, thus leading to prolonged bleeding in cuts and bruises, which may negatively affect tattoo healing.
  • Even though it is rare, Grapeseed oil can cause allergic side effects like rashes and itching.
  • If your skin becomes, red, itchy, or inflamed after usage, you may have had an adverse reaction. Discontinue use.

 3. Coconut Oil


  • Coconut oil is a natural fat extracted from the flesh of the coconuts packed with antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Coconut oil will help prevent moisture loss and skin dryness.
  • The natural disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties of Coconut oil can protect your skin from microbial infections, and bacteria.
  • Coconut naturally contains Vitamin E.


  • Even though coconut oil is an excellent natural food source, that does not automatically make it the best for skincare.
  • Coconut oil has a high comedogenic rating with a high likelihood of clogging pores and causing breakouts for most skin types.
  • Coconut oil does not have any humectant properties which means it repels water (this reduces the skin's ability to remain hydrated). Coconut will lock in moisture, but can also suffocate your skin.
  • Coconut oil does not absorb well, and can leave a thin skin sticky or oily layer on your skin.
  • If you like the scent of coconuts, great! If not, you may want to think twice before lathering this onto your skin.  

 4. Tea Tree Oil


  • Tea Tree oil is antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial and can cure wounds.
  • It's powerful antiseptic properties is excellent and well known option for acne prone skin.
  • Tea Tree oil can treat dry skin. Regular use may keep your outer skin moisturized, feeling supple and soft.


  • Use Tea Tree oil with caution as it can cause skin irritation and swelling in some people.
  • Tea Tree oil can potentially throw off your skin’s PH balance and moisture barrier, leaving your tattoos looking dull and faded. 
  • Tea Tree oil can cause allergic skin rash and dryness. Don’t use it if your skin is dry, flaking, scaly, or irritated.
  • Risk of skin irritation is higher if the oil is applied to dry or broken skin. Always do a patch test.


So there you have four natural oils that you can use to moisturize your skin. There are many more, and you may even have your favorite that is not listed. And the great thing about these natural oils, is that you can use them in layering, over top of the Inked Ritual serum. This will help lock in the moisture and give your tattooed skin a second out layer of protection from the elements and aging. 

A daily skincare ritual is essential to maintain the boldness of your tattoos and to keep them looking as fresh as the day you were inked.

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