Is Natural Skincare Better For Tattoos?

March 20, 2017

Aussie Inked Founder weighs in on why it’s time to rethink our approach to tattoo aftercare

These days it’s become second nature to read food labels in the supermarket and only recently has it become mandatory to provide the origins of ingredients. We know so much more than we used to about the dangers of preservatives, additives and other potentially harmful ingredients so it’s no surprise more and more people are demanding organic options. And yet, despite how far we’ve come, we don’t give our skincare products the same attention. We often choose skincare and other personal products based on the packaging or the celebrity who endorses it, with no real idea of what’s in it or whether it’s natural or good for us. The same can be said for tattoo aftercare. 

Let’s talk about your skin

We worry about food because we’re ingesting it straight into our bodies, forgetting that the skin is the largest organ of the body. This means it not only absorbs nutrients, but toxins too, which can be just as harmful to your body as if they were ingested. Many aftercare products today contain parabens or phthalates which are known to disrupt your endocrine system and can even cause cancer - not to mention clogging pores, causing breakouts and slowing down your body’s healing process. The endocrine system is your body’s main hormone regulator which means if it gets out of whack, you’re at risk of upsetting your sleep patterns, your metabolism, your mood, fertility… the list goes on.

Now think about the state of your skin just after you’ve had it tattooed. It’s inflamed, super sensitive and extra vulnerable. And yet many tattoo aftercare products on the market contain harmful ingredients, formulated with pore clogging ingredients that don’t let your skin breathe, therefore slowing down the healing process. Crazy! 

Raising the bar for tattoo aftercare

The Aussie Inked research team  spent over a year exploring  ways to approach tattoo aftercare. We worked on creating a range that ticked all the boxes for tattoos minimizing the risk of harmful side effects and reactions. What we discovered blew us away. Most of the products already on the market were thick and greasy which made application difficult for the larger body suit, sleeve and leg tattoos. Many were in jars which are prone to contamination by double dipping, so we decided to go away from this with our packaging.                     

We  found that Australia has unique organic skincare ingredients on offer and while science has spent years trying to create and  synthesize so called “miracle” ingredients, ancient civilisations like Indigenous Australians have been using them to heal wounds, skin conditions and prevent illness for centuries. The Kakadu Plum recently dubbed the “superfood for your skin” has the highest Vitamin C and anti-oxidant levels of any other fruit in the world and apart from being harnessed for its skincare benefits, is now being researched for its anti-cancer properties and as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s.
We’re using it to create a unique Australian tattoo aftercare range that isn’t just organic, but revolutionary in the industry.   

So what’s good and what’s bad for my skin?

You can read about all of the amazing natural ingredients in Aussie Inked products here but we thought we should provide a list of what you should specifically be avoiding when shopping for any skincare products.

Harmful Ingredients:

  • Petrochemicals
  • Synthetic Fragrances
  • Artificial Colours
  • Parabens
  • BPAs
  • Sulphates
  • Phthalates
  • Silicones
  • Aluminium
  • Also, while natural, lanolin & beeswax are commonly known to cause allergic reactions and should best be avoided by people with sensitive skin.                            

A note from Helen, Founder of Aussie Inked

I know it can be frustrating to find out that products you’ve been buying for years can actually be doing more harm than good. I had to go through the experience in depth when I studied natural skincare science…it was a nasty wakeup call!
I simply believe we all have a right to know what we’re putting on our skin, just as we do with what we eat. What you do with that information is totally up to you, but at least now it’ll be an informed decision. Thanks for taking the time to read this and please don’t hesitate to reach out <link to CONTACT> if you have any questions.

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