Microblading is a quick, semi-permanent makeup technique that creates beautifully shaped eyebrows. The fine strokes perfectly resemble real blades of hair, creating a natural-looking result that lasts around two years, with yearly touch-ups recommended for color refreshing. A few simple microblading post-care tips will ensure that the results last as long as possible and play a big role in the retention of color and style.
Microblading Eyebrows Aftercare
The most crucial time for microblading eyebrow aftercare is immediately after the procedure. It’s recommended that you should wash your eyebrows a half-hour after the procedure. Following that, every two hours for the first twenty-four, except when you are asleep at night. This is done to remove any Linphy (a fluid produced as a response to the tattoos) and avoid crust from forming. A transparent layer of wax will also help hydrate the skin.
In the first week, your microblading care routine should start with washing the area twice daily. With clean hands and gentle soap, softly cleanse and then rinse the area. Make sure you don’t put too much pressure on the area and avoid using any soaps that contain harsh chemicals, which could damage the still-healing skin.
Your microblading artist should also provide you with microblading care ointment to apply to the area for a given amount of time. With this ointment, a little goes a long way, so take care not to lay it on too thick. If you have oily skin in general, you may not need as much ointment as others. After you wash your face and, specifically, your eyebrows (with the gentle technique that we mentioned above) let it air out a bit, and then apply the prescribed amount of ointment.
Microblading Dry Healing
The method of cleansing and applying ointment above would be considered the “wet-healing” process of microblading post-care. The microblading dry-healing method is an alternative to this and is considered to be the natural approach to post-care. Dry healing essentially just eliminates the ointment portion of the healing ritual and, thus, is more of a “laissez-faire” approach. People often choose to go with microblading dry healing because they believe that the provided after-care ointment could actually reduce the appearance of the eyebrows in the long run.
Ironically enough, the microblading technicians that advise against microblading dry healing, argue the same thing. They also claim that the absence of any additional healing salve or lubrication will cause the skin to dry out and only cause more irritation. Regardless, even if you choose to go with microblading dry healing, your skin will eventually revert back to normal. The only debate is whether or not either process actually diminishes the final results.
Microblading Care After The First Week
The ointment will only need to be applied during the first week after the procedure. After that, the twice-daily washing will suffice. But there are things that you will have to continue to avoid until after around fourteen days. As you can imagine, many of them are the same restrictions you might receive after getting a tattoo. Here is what you should avoid during the first two weeks:
- Sun exposure, especially sunburns. If you must go outside, make sure you have a hat covering your eyebrows and avoid applying sunscreen directly on your eyebrows.
- Touching the area with unwashed hands.
- Makeup, face lotion, and skincare products other than those specifically approved by your permanent makeup artist. When in doubt, just go without!
- Picking at or scratching the area. This can cause the color to fade in patches and disrupt the healing process.
- Consuming too much alcohol. A glass of wine is fine, but it’s recommended that you refrain from drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, as it will slow the healing timeline.
- Spending time in hot saunas, baths, showers, or jacuzzis.
- Getting your eyebrows wet.
These are not too hard to work around, and it will make all the difference. By following these microblading aftercare instructions, you’ll be sure to get the full results that you were promised. Finally, the eyebrows you’ve always dreamt of!