Trying something new this week.
Last Friday I got a new tattoo to honor my best friend who passed away from Colon cancer. I wanted something totally special for her as she was my oldest and dearest friend. I chose a trio of daffodils as her birthday was in March and she passed away in March and she has 3 beautiful children.
Of course I then needed something to protect my new ink! The artist just recommended a “white lotion” which told me absolutely nothing! I started researching and so many different things are used depending on your artists favorites. Way confusing! I wanted something healthy for my skin but also soothing and anti-inflammatory. Some of the obvious choices were coconut oil, tea tree oil and aloe vera but I found those can actually “pull” the ink from your new tattoo! ARGH! I don’t want to ruin it before I actually heal it up!
Finally decided on a mixture of Sunflower and Apricot Kernel oils with Calendula and Chamomile steeped in. I then added a touch of beeswax to thicken the mixture. Sunflower oil is very light in texture and naturally emollient and also rich in vitamins A, C and D and healthy carotenoids and waxes which form a protective barrier on the skin. The nourishing properties of apricot kernel seed oil have an anti-inflammatory effect and may soothe minor skin conditions such as eczema as well as being rich in gamma linoleic acid which helps skin to maintain moisture balance. I infused my oils for the salve with calendula, which is healing and anti-inflammatory; and chamomile, which is soothing and itch relieving. As I said I added a touch of purified beeswax to thicken but you may not know that beeswax is anti-inflammatory too!
I’m using the balm 3 times a day right now but I feel the area starting to feel tight I always add a little more often. I like the portable container-much easier to cart to work and the bathroom without carrying much. I just skip it in my pocket and off I go! I’m also excited as it is all natural. Maybe I’m on to something? I wonder if it would make a good cuticle balm? Time to show those a little love too!
Really happy with how it’s healing! Wish I had help taking the second pic but still happy with the healing!