So, you’ve just had a powder brows treatment and your powder brows artist gave you strict aftercare instructions you need to follow in order to get the best results possible.
Sometimes, some of them are vague. You know that you shouldn’t wear makeup while your brows are healing, but for how long exactly?
Let’s discuss powder brows aftercare a little further and give the answer to the question When can I wear makeup after powder brows?
Why Can’t I Wear Makeup After Powder Brows?
Powder brows are done by inserting pigments under the skin, so it’s a form of tattooing.
Immediately after the treatment, your eyebrows are a fresh wound and should be treated as such. Applying makeup on a fresh wound that has just started the healing process can lead to an infection. Makeup products mustn’t get under the skin. They will also slow down the healing process.
So, When Can I Wear Makeup After Powder Brows?
The answer is – when the scabbing and peeling stage is over. Tattooed eyebrows go through different stages of healing, and one of them is scabbing i.e. peeling. It usually starts somewhere between days 3 and 5 after the treatment and lasts up to 10 days.
Everyone heals differently, which means that some people will experience heavier scabbing, others may not see any scabbing at all, and some will flake just a little bit. Also, the duration of the scabbing stage varies. For some people, it will last shorter, while others will peel longer than 10 days. This can be problematic, and if the flaking takes longer than 2 weeks, contact your powder brows artist.
So, the answer to the question of when can I wear makeup after powder brows would be – around 2 weeks after the treatment, but only if all the scabs are gone and flaking is over.
And After That…
So, the whole healing period is around 6 weeks long, meaning that that is when your eyebrows are completely healed. But you can wear makeup sooner if you need to. After 2 weeks, the wound is closed, and then the brows start getting their final shape and color.
You can expect to go through the ghosting stage after the scabs are gone. This is a period of a couple of days when your eyebrows are too light and when some makeup can come in handy.
It is important to be careful when removing makeup while your eyebrows are still healing. Be gentle and careful about which products you use. Avoid oil-based products, because they can affect pigment retention.
Other Powder Brows Healing FAQ
When Can I Wash My Face After Ombre Powder Brows?
You can wash your face on the very same day of the treatment, but be careful not to get your brows wet. So, wash the lower part of the face the usual way and use a cotton pad or a damp cloth to clean the area around your eyebrows.
On the second day of the treatment and on, do the same, but wash your eyebrows as well, just be gentle and careful. You can start washing your face normally after the scabs fall off, i.e. around 2 weeks after the treatment.
When Can I Wash My Eyebrows After Powder Brows Treatment?
Your tattooed eyebrows need to be cleaned regularly. Some artists say “keep your eyebrows dry”, but that should mean that you need to avoid getting them soaking wet. Cleaning is a must.
Powder brows should be washed every day during the healing process. It is best to blot the excess lymph on day 1 and start washing them on day 2 after the treatment. But don’t just splash them with water. Dampen a cotton pad and gently remove excess oil and lymph build up. Dry them and apply the moisturizing ointment if advised. If not, just let them heal on their own.
When Can I Work Out After the Powder Brows Treatment?
Working out with excessive sweating is a no-no during the aftercare. Sweat is salty, so it can mess up the treatment. The clients should wait at least 3 days (preferably more) before they start working out again. If you really need to, choose exercises that will not make you sweat too much.
How Do I Take a Shower After Powder Brows Treatment?
As you normally do, but keep your eyebrows protected. That means that you shouldn’t wash your face in the shower and if you wash your hair, tilt the head back to avoid getting your eyebrows wet.
It is a good idea to apply a healing ointment or vaseline on your powder brows before showering, to protect them from the steam. Some people also wear swimming goggles in the shower, to protect their freshly done eyebrows. Great trick, right?
Also, make sure your shower sessions are as short as possible and the water isn’t too hot (to prevent steam), at least during the first days of the healing process.
So, there it is, the answer to the question of when can I wear makeup after powder brows is simple, after two weeks if the scabs have fallen off. Make sure you remember all the powder brows aftercare tips and follow them to get the best results of the treatment.
You can find all about powder brows aftercare in our guide: Powder Brows Aftercare: Day by Day.
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