+ Extra Tips for All Skin Types
After you finish your microblading eyebrows treatment, your artist needs to get you familiar with the aftercare routine. Microblading aftercare is extremely important and the success of the treatment relies on it to a great extent.
So you must get serious and follow the aftercare instructions religiously. The artist has done his part – now it’s your turn and you have a very important role.
Here is everything you need to know about the microblading aftercare routine.
The microblading healing process lasts 4-6 weeks, but the aftercare doesn’t require so much time. It is of great importance at the beginning stages of the healing process, when you have to be extra careful. The most sensitive stage is the scabbing stage, and after that, you can relax. So, let’s say that microblading aftercare lasts from 7 to 14 days.
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There are two ways in which you can treat your eyebrows after microblading – dry healing and wet healing.
The difference between them is that one means using an ointment after washing the brows, while the other one doesn’t. If your artist recommends wet healing, that means that you should first wash your brows gently with sterile water. After that, dry them slowly by blotting them with a clean cloth or a cotton pad. The final step is applying an ointment. Some microblading artists recommend this type of healing explaining that an ointment has an effect on the cells and helps them recover faster.
When it comes to dry healing, there are two versions you can opt for. The first one is washing your brows gently, and then drying them, but the ointment is excluded. The second one is a little more extreme and means no washing at all and no ointments. All you need to do is stay away from water and wait for your brows to heal naturally.
Your esthetician will know which type of healing will work for you best, based on your skin type. Internet articles and comments can be confusing. Some of them say you should wash your brows and use the ointment, while the others recommend dry healing. If your artist is experienced enough, he should know which method works best for his costumers and recommend that one. You should follow his and only his instructions to the T.
People with dry skin can almost be 100% sure that their microblading treatment will be successful. Those with oily skin are not that lucky. This is because sebum i.e. oils push the pigment out. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t have microbladed eyebrows. They can, but microblading oily skin requires special aftercare.
Dry healing is usually recommended for persons with oily skin. There is no need for additional moisturizing. Microbladed eyebrows should be blotted a few times a day. You need to keep them dry.
Day 1 – Your eyebrows are too sensitive and swollen. They also appear too dark. A few hours after the treatment, blot the lymph of them with a cotton pad with just a drop of sterile water. Repeat this 2-3 times.
Days 2 – 4 – Wash your brows with some sterile water on a cotton pad, or use antibacterial soap (follow your microblading artist’s instructions). Repeat it 2-4 times a day to avoid build-up of lymph in the area. Be very gentle and make sure your hands are clean. After cleaning your brows apply a thin layer of an ointment if advised. You shouldn’t use too much ointment – your brows mustn’t look greasy.
Days 5 – 10 – Usually around day 5, the scabbing stage begins. Let the scabs fall off naturally. If you touch them, you risk ruining your microblading. Carry on with the aftercare routine – wash gently, dry, moisturize if advised. If you notice anything suspicious, such as heavy scabbing or irritation, contact your artist.
Days 10 – 14 – You don’t need to apply ointment any longer. On the 14th day you can go back to your everyday routine. You can wash your face normally and even apply some makeup if you have to.
The longevity of your microblading will depend on your lifestyle and habits. If you sweat a lot, swim or expose to the sun, it is unlikely that your microblading will survive as long as 3 years. If you want to prolong it, you have to schedule regular touch ups. Your skin type and lifestyle will dictate the frequency of touch ups. Don’t wait for too long. If your microblading fades away, you will have to do the whole treatment all over again.
Also, if you want your microblading to last longer, protect your brows with sunscreen lotion and avoid using products that contain retinol, because it speeds up the fading process.
If you trusted your artist with the whole treatment, you might as well trust him with the aftercare tips. Use the one recommended by your esthetician.
It should be a crème based on panthenol and glycerin. Some cosmeticians recommend Vaseline, while others claim that it is not such a good option. A lot of them praise Aquaphor, a product tattoo artists use. Other artists speak well of coconut oil and crèmes that contain virgin olive and avocado oil. An ointment that contains honey and propolis is a good antibacterial product. Some of the products may contain shea butter, cocoa butter, bee wax, etc. Let your artist know if you have any allergies.
What you need to be careful about is how to use it. Don’t clog your pores. You have to use just a little bit of the recommended crème.
If your microblading starts fading too soon, even though you followed all the aftercare steps, it might be your artist’s fault. The incisions were too shallow and the pigment didn’t retain. Book another appointment, or ask for a refund and find another artist.
For better results, you need to warn your artist about any health conditions you have. The artist should be aware of it so that they can decide if you are a good candidate for microblading. Also, this can tell them which pigment to use. For instance, if you are anemic, the artist shouldn’t work with iron-based pigment. The results will not be satisfying.
If you have oily skin, your eyebrows will probably fade faster. Book frequent touch ups. Touch ups prolong your microblading but at some point (after 2-3 years) the treatment must be repeated.
Aftercare for microblading brows is very important and the instructions are very not that hard to follow. If you are well informed and follow the tips, expect great results.
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