Microblading Aftercare in 2019: Improved Routine for Impeccable Results
Microblading does not only mean booking an appointment and walking out of the salon with perfect eyebrows. The importance of proper preparation and microblading aftercare cannot be stressed enough. Microblading post-care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows. If a client fails to look after the microbladed brows properly, the whole treatment can be a waste of money.
Knowing just how important prep and aftercare are, Art of Beauty Academy’s master artist Gabriela Addie has been researching and experimenting with many techniques and combinations for a while. Also, she tried various products, creams and ointments, and only after many years she was able to find balance in aftercare procedure. Now, she is more than happy to share it with all of us!
What to Expect During the Healing Period?
Entire healing process usually takes from 4-6 weeks depending on your body regeneration and age. Your eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
The pigment will appear very natural looking immediately after the procedure. It is very likely that you will not be satisfied with your microbladed brows the next day, when they start to appear darker. It is important for you to know that this is just a stage of healing which happens due to a natural skin regeneration.
Then, there is a period of scabbing and peeling. After two weeks, your microbladed brows will start to look very light (lighter than when freshly done) and you might feel as if they are disappearing or that the color is fading too quickly. Often even with proper care, clients may lose original hair strokes which make brows look uneven or too light. It is absolutely normal, since your skin is regenerating and naturally exfoliating. This is the reason why most clients need a touch up after 6 weeks.
Four to six weeks after the treatment, your eyebrows might seem a little bit patchy and uneven. Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. However, this is just a superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. That means that it is time for the mandatory touch-up. The first touch up is there to fill in all the gaps and correct your brows. It is only then that you can expect to be satisfied with your brows.
The final look of your brows will be apparent approximately 30 days after your procedure.
How Should I Treat my Brows During the Aftercare?
It is a myth that washing your freshly microbladed brows is forbidden. It is essential actually because bacteria and dry skin must be removed. Also, it is good for preventing any complications, such as infections. However, you must wash them in the right way. That means gently cleaning them with a cotton pad and sterile water. It is also crucial not to leave them wet or greasy, but to dry them properly. Also an adequate microblading aftercare products are essential in the process of proper healing.
Day 1 – Gently blot the area 30 minutes after the procedure. Use a clean tissue or a cotton pad and a little bit of water and antibacterial soap. Don’t worry, this will not affect the pigment! Repeat this every 2-3 hours in order to avoid build-up of blood or lymph on the area. After wiping, apply a thin layer of ointment.
Day 2-3 – Carefully blot the area in the morning and in the evening. It is important to remove dead skin and bacteria. Make sure your hands are clean, and you use sterile water. Do not rub, tug or scrub the brows. After wiping, apply a thin layer of ointment. Your eyebrows must not look greasy, glossy or shiny. If they do, you used too much. Also, when wiping the brows don’t make aggressive movements or manipulate the skin that way. It’s highly important to be gentle.
Day 4-14 – Continue cleaning your face every morning and evening with water and gentle soap. Do not use products that contain acids and exfoliants. Only use antibacterial soap. After you wash your eyebrows, it is time to dry them. Do this by gently tapping a cotton pad or a soft tissue. Once you clean the eyebrow area, you may apply an extremely thin layer of ointment in a way you did it for the first couple of days after the treatment.
What to Avoid During the Microblading Aftercare?
In order to get the best results as well as to prevent side-effects, avoid the following things:
- Wearing make-up
- Sweating and working out, as well as hot saunas or hot baths for at least a week
- Picking, scratching or peeling your eyebrows as you don’t want to cause scarring of the area
- Being directly exposed to the sun or salon tanning, UV/UVA rays, or chemicals for at least 4 weeks as you don’t want to cause a shift in color or premature fading of color
- Long and hot showers for at least 10 days after the procedure
- Face creams containing Retin-A or Glicolic acid, and products other than those recommended (ointment)
- Facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks
- Sleeping on your face for the first 10 days. Also, use a clean pillowcase
- Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning (such as garage and basement cleaning) where there is a lot of airborne debris
How to Care for Skin After Microblading Eyebrows Aftercare?
After microblading aftercare period is over, i.e. after the first touch up, you can be more relaxed and treat them normally. Naturally, you want your investment to pay off – you want your microbladed brows to look good as long as possible.
In order to prevent them from fading too quickly, it is advisable to:
- Book regular touch ups. That is how you can maintain your microbladed brows, instead of letting them fade away completely and repeat the whole microblading process after just a year. An average price of the touch up is between $50 and $100.
- Use a sunscreen for treating the microbladed area, since it slows down fading.
- Avoid products that contain retinol. They will also speed up the process of fading.
What Ointment is the Best for Microblading Aftercare?
Ointment is used during the microblading aftercare in order to minimize scabbing. Also, open skin is more prone to infections, so its purpose is to protect it. It speeds up the process of healing if you use it properly. That means that you should only apply a thin layer of it, not to clog the pores.
The best option is to use the ointment recommended by your microblading artist. Your ointment should feel light on your skin, based on Panthenol and Glycerin to moisturize, nourish and protect the skin and to enhance healing. Also, it should be fragrance-free and allow oxygen to flow and help heal the skin.
Some of them contain coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, echinacea, calendula, goldenseal, rosemary. Ask your esthetician which one to use and don’t overuse it!
What if I Mess Up Microblading Eyebrows Aftercare?
There’s no need to worry as long as you follow the tips listed above. However, if something goes wrong, you should be able to get in touch with your artist. In case of an infection, allergic reaction or too much scabbing, call your artist, or, if it looks serious, visit a dermatologist.
Other consequences that can emerge if you mess up microblading aftercare may include premature fading and botched brows. Your artist must be able to help you in this situation.
However, don’t overreact too soon. If your eyebrows, which are too dark at first, start becoming too light – don’t panic. It is a normal outcome, and you shouldn’t panic before the aftercare period is over.
In conclusion, the only reason to be worried is if you notice redness or your brows are swollen and irritated, which is not very likely to happen if you follow the aftercare routine.
To sum up, the microblading aftercare is not too complicated. Remember to gently clean, dry and moisturize your brows. Avoid the things listed above. Don’t touch your brows too much. Communication with your artist is also very important, so make sure it is a trustworthy person who is able to answer all of your questions about the aftercare.
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