Microblading can be a great option for those looking for fuller eyebrows that are willing to spend a bit of money on the procedure. While the procedure can seem intimidating, we've made the process that bit easier with this handy list of instructions, tips and tricks for aftercare.
First of all, just what is microblading?
Microblading is a type of cosmetic tattooing that fills in your eyebrows. It’s meant to make your eyebrows look fuller and thicker. As it is a form of tattooing the aftercare procedure shares various similarities with tattoo aftercare - although it should be noted it is a bit more intensive.
Avoid getting water on your eyebrows for the first seven days
During the first 7 days after your procedure. avoid letting any water, lotion or soap touch your eyebrow area.
Make sure you wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area and when you shower, keep your face away from the shower head - tbh it could just be easier taking a bath instead.
While you should avoid getting your eyebrows wet, About 2 hours after microblading, you should run a cotton swab dipped in sterilized water over the area, as this will get rid of excess dye and will also keep the area sterile.
Avoid picking scabs
After the procedure you may find your skin scabs and becomes itchy. Make sure you don't pick the scabs, however, as removing them prematurely could lead to scarring.
Avoid using make-up for seven days after the procedure
Don’t wear makeup for at least a week. as the pigments are still settling into the shallow cuts in your skin caused by the blading.
After four days apply a post-care ointment
After four days, once you have made sure your hands are completely clean, gently apply a post-care ointment with a cotton swab and clean hands.
This should be done twice a day, at night time and morning time. While it may seem tempting to lather the stuff all over your brows, use the ointment sparingly as your skin needs to heal itself. Apply the ointment for 7 days.
Things to avoid during aftercare
During aftercare you should avoid: Increased sweating through exercise etc., swimming, saunas, sun or salon tanning, any laser or chemical treatments or peelings and any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the treatment area.
You should also avoid heavy household cleaning (oh no, poor you!), drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
Potential reasons to avoid microblading
You should avoid microblading if you are pregnant, prone to keloids (you know those weird bumps you can get after piercings) or have had an organ transplant.
How long is the microblading healing process?
Following the procedure, you should be headed in 25-30 days.
After your eyebrows have healed make sure you apply sun screen
Once completely healed, make sure you always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun, as sun exposure can cause the colour pigment to fade away more quickly, as is the case with all tattoos.