You got your eyebrows microbladed for the first time and if you’re lucky, your technician sent you home with an Aftercare kit with instructions; but if you weren’t so lucky and were sent home without much direction, here are a few important things to keep in mind:
Following your procedure, you’ll need to keep your eyebrows as dry as possible for at least 2 weeks. In the first 2/3 days you’ll clean them with a pre soaked cotton ball (pre soaked with sodium chloride or an antibacterial soap with water) every 2-3 hours, you’ll pat your eyebrows dry using paper towel (no face/body towels as they have too much bacteria) and moisturize them with an ointment (less than a pea size), barrier cream or tattoo gel. After 2/3 days, if things are healing nicely (no crusting), cleaning and moisturizing can be done twice a day for the remaining week and a half. Cleaning is essential; if your technician tells you not to clean them, run! Just think about it, while you’re being microbladed, lymph fluid comes out of the skin and will lightly continue to do so as your skin heals. If you don’t clean the skin and allow the body fluid to crust over, there’s a greater chance of pigment loss and build up of bacteria, which can lead to infection.
Since you want to avoid water sitting on your eyebrows for the first couple weeks, some minor adjustments with your beauty routine will help keep your eyebrows dry. The lower part of your face (below the eyes) can be washed as normal, but from the eyes up, it’s best to spot clean by either using a makeup wipe or a clean wash cloth, still avoiding your eyebrows.
When it comes to showering, the best thing to do is apply a thin layer of ointment to your eyebrows and cover with saran wrap. This gives you a double layer of protection from water and steam while in the shower. You can wash your hair and body normally, but avoid the water hitting you directly in the face. Also make sure the water isnt too hot so it doesn’t create too much steam.
Makeup, Cosmetics & Skin Procedures
While it’s best to avoid makeup for the first couple weeks, I realize for some of us, that may seem impossible. Wearing makeup is ok if the eyebrows are avoided completely and as long as you make sure to give them a good clean and follow up with ointment. I tell my clients to do their beauty routine first (wash face/shower/apply makeup) and clean their eyebrows and apply ointment as the last step. This ensures that if any product accidentally touches your eyebrows, you can clean it off and keep it protected with a barrier cream.
DO NOT APPLY MAKEUP TO EYEBROWS AT ALL DURING THE HEALING PROCESS -no if’s and’s or but’s!
When you get microbladed, you technically have an open wound on your face. Anything you put onto or do to the skin will affect how will it heals. Facials, lasers, microneedling, etc., should be avoided for at least 4 weeks.
Avoid sleeping on your face or side for the first couple weeks and change your pillow case regularly to avoid the transfer of bacteria.
Sun & Tanning
You need to avoid direct sun and tanning beds for at least 4 weeks. Don’t let this deter you from getting microblading in the summer. It’s always good to be careful in the sun and not bake because of the risk of skin cancer and premature aging.
Wearing a hat, large sunglasses on and off, as well as applying an ointment to the eyebrows while in the sun will help protect them. Tanning beds are fine if you’re willing to avoid tanning your face, or covering the eyebrow area during the treatment.
Once your eyebrows are fully healed, remember to put sunscreen on them to protect from UV rays.
No heavy sweating for at least a couple weeks. If this isn’t possible, stick to light weights.
This aftercare information may seem like a lot, but it really only takes a couple days to implement into your routine and the trade off is amazingly healed brows!
For more detailed Aftercare instructions take a look here and if you have any tips and tricks, feel free to share them!