Updated: March 16, 2021
Good brow game is the latest secret to success in beauty, especially when have just enhanced them with microblading. The great thing is microbladed eyebrows last a long time, with proper aftercare and maintenance. Using a proper microblading routine will keep your new brows looking its best – and for the longest time possible.
The aftercare routine is arguably as valuable as the money and time invested in the microblading procedure. That is why this guide is dedicated to you and everyone out there looking for the most detailed microblading aftercare routine in 2020.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about the do’s and don’ts of microblading and how to perfect brows.
Disclaimer: This article provides some general best practices and guidelines applicable in common situations. However, your microblading artist may provide more specific or even different advice than this article. If this is the case, always follow the artist’s advice instead as they know your specific situation and can give you tailored advice for the best possible outcome.
Table of Contents:
- How Long Does Microblading Aftercare Last?
- The Healing procedure: What should you expect?
- Some Do’s and Don’ts of Microblading healing routine
- Remedies for moisturized skin and bone-dry brows
- A 14-day Treatment Plan for Microbladed Brows
- When should I do a touch-up and why?
- Make your microblading aftercare a breeze with Perpetual Permanent Makeup
How Long Does Microblading Aftercare Last?
Microblading is a semi-permanent form of brow tattooing. And its healing process spans between 4 to 6 weeks. The aftercare routine is done during the first 1 to 2 weeks. During this sensitive time, it is crucial to get the healing done right. So for each day of the healing procedure, you need to be consistent with your aftercare regime.
Now, let’s take a sneak peek at what the microblading healing procedure looks like.
The Healing procedure: What should you expect?
While the pigment of the microbladed brows will look heavier than normal immediately after the process, you can expect a much darker hue the next day. And you may also notice a bit of redness right after the operation.
There comes a time in your healing procedure called the scabbing stage. At this stage, the skin around your brows becomes very sensitive, itchy, dry, and scabbing – and with it comes the temptation to rub the area. Avoid rubbing the area. Instead, you can apply Vitamin A & D ointment to soothe the itchiness.
When the skin around your eyebrow start healing, you will begin to notice symptoms of dry or flaky skin. Later during the healing cycle, you may also notice uneven pigments in the microbladed brows, this should even out in time during the healing. Your new brows may appear like the pigment is fading away. This is what happens when the skin naturally exfoliates, and you may likely lose some of the added color of your new brows in the process. Don’t fret because this is normal. Eventually they will settle and maintain its healed appearance.
Some procedures require a touchup to fill in any gaps or just to adjust the brows and this is when a second visit to your artist’s salon is necessary for a touch-up session. This is usually scheduled six weeks after the original operation.
Some Do’s and Don’ts of Microblading healing routine
Right after your microblading operation, your artist will offer detailed instructions to support the healing processes and help you enhance the results.
But as a general rule of thumb for at least the first 10 days post procedure:
- Do not rub, scratch, or pick at your eyebrows, this can cause permanent scarring, and also remove pigment, particularly if you are picking at scabbed tissue.
- Do not sleep on your side or in a way that presses your brows against a pillow. Sleep on your back.
- Avoid staying out in the sun, and direct sun exposure, including tanning booths. Wearing a wide brimmed hat while outside will help minimize those UV rays.
- Avoid wearing makeup or any facial beauty products for at least ten days.
- Do not get your brows wet. Keep a soft cotton cloth with you at all times to gently blot if weather is humid and perspiration is inevitable, or for unexpected rain.
- Avoid activities, workouts, and conditions that will make you sweat.
- Do not use products that contain acids and exfoliants.
- As keeping the skin dry is paramount, always face away from the shower head when showering, and if possible take baths to ensure more water control while washing.
- Avoid spicy foods and alcohol which can cause flushing of the skin surface and increased blood flow to the newly microbladed area.
- Smoking should be avoided to minimize airborne irritants.
- Try to stay away from overly dusty environments and from using cleaning products that have high vapour content. These are additional airborne irritants you definitely do not need at this time.
These rules are very important because they prevent the fine microblading lines from smudging. Generally you want to minimize any disturbance to your brows during the healing period.
Apply the recommended aftercare product as directed by your artist as most will have their own detailed instructions for care. For protection against the sun, some microblading experts recommend a product called Tattoo Goo Renew 3 weeks after the operation. This Tattoo Goo Renew is normally used for tattoos, but that is what your microbladed brows are, a tattoo! Tattoo Goo makes many other great helpful products, even a complete aftercare kit.
Remedies for moisturized skin and bone-dry brows
Keeping a microbladed brow moisturized does not mean applying water to the procedure area. There are gels, serums, and salves specially formulated to hasten the entire healing process while enhancing color retention and soothing skin redness.
However, you should only use a tiny amount approximating the size of half a grain of rice — for both brows in total. If it looks shiny, glossy or wet after application of a salve, you have applied too much. Gently blot off excess without any rubbing motion.
A perfect example of a salve we would recommend is the Original Tattoo Goo. Regular application of a tiny amount of this product does a fantastic job of protecting your brows from the sun – and helps to heal without making a mess of your delicate brows.
Keep Them Dry
When moisture finds its way into your newly microbladed brows, it may mess up the pigment. The same goes for facial oils, makeups, and creams, these products may alter the pigments, so try not to use them for the first 1-2 weeks of healing. It is also important to stay away from activities like steam baths and conditions that can make you sweat during this crucial time period.
Instead of applying makeup and creams, you can use professional salves like the Original Tattoo Goo. It is designed for healing tattoos, does not clog pores, and it contains natural, essential oils that help heal.
A 14-day Treatment Plan for Microbladed Brows
Day 1 – Depending on your skin, you are going to notice a bit of redness right after the procedure. So, grab a soft cotton wipe, antibacterial soap, and some water to blot the microbladed area. Do this gently and repeat this cycle every 3 hours to prevent lymph accumulation on your skin. And cap it all by applying a light amount of aftercare salve.
Day 2-3 – With clean hands and an antibacterial skin cleanser, wipe your skin clean to remove grime, dead skin cells, and bacteria. While you are recommended to do this in the morning and the evening, be careful not to scrub or rub the microbladed brows. Apply a very slight amount of salve and be as gentle as possible, so you do not hurt your skin in the process.
Day 4-14 – for the concluding part of your aftercare routine, cleanse your face day and night with water and antibacterial soap. Grab a soft cotton pad and pat your face gently until dry. Then, apply an unnoticeably thin layer of ointment on your eyebrow area.
The final look of your brows will be obvious approximately four weeks after the original microblading procedure. Depending on how satisfying the results are, you can schedule a second visit to touch-up.
When should I do a touch-up and why?
It is essential to do a touch-up or shape perfecting second procedure once the first treatment has settled. Most reputable salons would say it is obligatory and to consider it a two step process that takes time and dedication.
The first touch-up should not take place until after satisfactory healing in about 6-8 weeks.
Touch-ups are recommended because unlike permanent tattooing which penetrates down deeper into the dermis layer, microblading is done at a more superficial layer where the epidermis and dermis meet.
This means that they will fade over time, after healing. If you never touch them up again they should be fade to barely noticeable in 6-12 months.
The very first procedure will be new to your skin in the brow area, and predicting exactly how the pigment will settle (including other factors like how well you stick to the Do’s and Don’ts in aftercare!) will vary. Patchiness can happen as well as overall shape design not being the finished product exactly as you imagined.
Your touch-up will clean up any irregularities in the hair strokes, pigment density, and will give a much clearer result of what you can expect to maintain long term.
What happens if I skip the touch-up after the first procedure?
There is a reason for doing this in two stages so there is not any “overdoing it”. It is easier to add more shape and colour than it is to wait months for something to fade that you were not expecting!
If a customer decides to skip this crucial perfecting step, you are likely to have uneven colour and shape, and the result will be unsatisfactory. Most would say doing one procedure without the touch-up would be a waste of investment.
What about aftercare and healing time?
Do not worry, you will already know the aftercare routine by now, but your healing period can be as little as 5-7 days as it is a less intense procedure for your skin this time around.
Will I ever need to re-touch again?
Once you have had your first session and touch-up, you can then move to “maintenance” touch-ups to refresh colour and shape which on average needs to happen about every 6 months.
Oilier skin types will find that their pigment can fade faster than drier skin types. But even the driest of skin types would need a touch-up at around the one-year mark. Everyone is different so you will eventually settle into a touch-up schedule that works for you, and your artist can help guide you when the time is right.
You can also prolong the colour by applying sunblock to the brow area to help reduce fading and the need for frequent touch-ups.
Lifestyle factors like prolonged periods in water for swimmers, sun exposure that goes unprotected, and retinol use all combine with your inherent skin type to determine your refresh schedule.
Q: I am a side sleeper. What happens if I cannot sleep just on my back for 10 days?
A: You will really want to avoid sleeping on your side or stomach because it causes the skin to fold, which can push pigment out, not what we want!
How can you help avoid this? Side ponytails work a treat if your hair is long enough. Neck pillows also help restrict unwanted tossing and turning at night.
Q: What happens if I do get my newly microbladed eyebrows wet when I shower?
A: This will loosen and lighten the pigment causing it to go patchy and fade even faster. So being particularly careful about washing your hair and face is paramount to keeping all of your artists work where it belongs, in your brows.
Q: How can I shower keeping my eyebrows dry?
A: Always face away from the shower head, and perhaps keep the pressure down so it is not blasting at you which will only cause a lot of spray and splash back which you want to avoid.
If you have a handheld shower head, use this to your advantage to carefully rinse shampoo and conditioners from your hair tilting your head back as far as possible.
Keep a towel nearby so that you can dry your hands fully and use them to cup over the brow area to minimize water running forward. You can also use the clean towel to very gently blot if you get any rogue water spray.
Q: I love my workouts, and I sweat a lot. Why cannot I exercise? What happens if it is hot and humid weather and I get sweaty?
A: That is a good question. After all, eyebrows are there to catch perspiration and trap it preventing it from running into your eyes.
The salts in sweat are yet another foe for freshly microbladed brows. They too help fade the pigment more quickly which will give a less than desirable result.
Sweat comes from a gland attached to each hair follicle, so when sweating is encouraged it is no different from water on your brows. It is pushing the pigment out, when we want it to stay in.
So sadly, you will have to pass on the sports and the working out if your new brows are worth the investment of the procedure you have just had.
Stay indoors as much as you can in hot weather (you should ideally be avoiding the sun at this time anyhow) with air conditioning if possible. And be careful of sitting too close to any fans which will be blowing around airborne debris and dust.
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