Permanent Makeup Aftercare Tips: Ensuring Long-lasting Results Through Proper Care
Permanent makeup procedures like microblading, eyeliner tattooing, and lip blushing can enhance your natural beauty and save you a lot of time and effort in your daily routine. However, post-procedure care is crucial to ensure the long-lasting effects of your new makeup. In this blog, we will provide a comprehensive guide on how to care for your skin after undergoing a permanent makeup procedure with Makeup Alternatives, so you can enjoy beautiful, lasting results.
Why Is Aftercare Important?
Permanent makeup involves the application of pigment into the skin’s dermal layer. This is a delicate process that can potentially be disruptive to the skin, especially in the first few days after the procedure. Failing to follow aftercare guidelines could lead to premature fading, infections, or less-than-optimal results.
General Aftercare Guidelines
Keep It Clean
Cleanse the treated area gently with non-alcoholic, fragrance-free cleansers. Pat dry, don’t rub, to minimize irritation.
A good, non-comedogenic moisturizer helps to keep the skin hydrated. Some technicians might recommend a specialized ointment for the first few days.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Direct sunlight can cause your pigments to fade prematurely. Always wear a high-SPF sunscreen on the treated area or cover it up when you’re out and about.
No Excessive Sweating
Skip the gym and avoid any form of intense workout for at least a week to prevent sweat from disrupting the healing process.
Stay Away from Swimming Pools and Saunas
Chlorinated water can negatively affect the pigment, and the heat from saunas can open up your pores and might cause the color to leak.
Specific Aftercare Tips per Procedure
- Avoid Using Cosmetics: Don’t use any makeup products on your eyebrows for at least two weeks.
- Don’t Pick: As the area heals, avoid picking at any scabs or flakes to prevent scarring and color loss.
- Follow Up: Schedule a touch-up appointment 4–6 weeks after your initial procedure to fill in any areas that may have lost pigment during the healing process.
- Keep Eyes Clean: Use prescribed or recommended eye drops to keep your eyes clean and moist.
- Avoid Mascara: Do not use mascara or eyeliner products for at least 10 days.
- No Contact Lenses: Wear glasses for a week or as advised by your technician.
- Keep Lips Hydrated: Use a hydrating lip balm to prevent your lips from drying out.
- Avoid Spicy Food: Spicy or hot foods can irritate the treated area.
- No Kissing: Avoid kissing for at least a week to prevent bacterial contamination.
A follow-up session is usually needed 4–6 weeks after the initial procedure. This allows me to fine-tune the design and fill in any areas where the pigment may not have taken well. Skipping this can significantly reduce the longevity of the procedure.
What to Expect During Healing
Day 1–3: Expect some redness, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area.
Day 4–7: You may notice some scabbing or flaking. Do not pick at it.
Week 2: Most of the surface healing should be complete, though the pigment might appear lighter than expected.
Week 4–6: The color should have stabilized, and any minor imperfections can be addressed in your follow-up session.
While mild irritation is expected, seek medical advice if you experience:
- Severe redness or swelling
- Signs of infection like pus or severe pain
- Fever or chills
- Excessive bleeding
Proper aftercare is a critical component in the success of any permanent makeup procedure. While the tips provided above are general guidelines, always follow the specific instructions provided by your technician for the best results. A little extra care can go a long way in ensuring that you enjoy the benefits of your permanent makeup for years to come.