Microblading is the cure for those craving fuller, thicker eyebrows. Similar to getting a tattoo, the process involves using a small hand tool with a blade to make tiny strokes that build a texture resembling eyebrow hair. Results can last from 12-18 months with a touch-up appointment scheduled 4-6 weeks after the first session, after which a retouch is suggested once every six months. Proper aftercare is essential to ensure the best results from the microblading. You want the pigment to be as pristine as possible. Once healing is complete, the microbladed area becomes as real as the rest of your eyebrow. Feel free to swim, sweat, and rub them to your heart’s content. In the meantime, be sure to follow these certain maintenance tips. They are simple, easy, and, most importantly, protect your investment.

Don’t pick or itch the area

I know it might be tempting. Like a regular tattoo, your eyebrows will develop scabs from the tool. The skin might start to feel itchy, but it is best to rub the area lightly. Picking the scabs could cause an infection, scars, or the pigment to be removed.

Apply sunscreen when in direct contact with sunlight

UV/UVA rays have shown to cause premature fading with the pigment. Be sure to avoid tanning the first ten days after a session and regularly apply sunblock.

No makeup for at least a week

The cuts in your skin need time to heal and the pigment is still settling in. Covering the area with makeup can be another cause of infection, redness, or irritation.

Eat healthy and keep skin hydrated

Believe it or not, this can help with the healing process. Drinking plenty of water can avoid the skin for drying out or producing overly rough, flaky patches.

Avoid Sweating or Swimming

At least for the first week or two. Profusely sweating or exposing the area to chemicals found in pools and jacuzzi’s can cause the ink to wipe away because there is a minimal pigment and the ink hasn’t fully settled into the skin.

Don’t directly face the shower

Just like with overly sweating, having your brows get wet directly can cause the pigment to wash away. Keep your head away from the showerhead and apply a thick layer of Aquaphor for extra protection against moisture.

Set up appointment for a retouching

This step is unavoidable. The area will continue to fade and waste the effort you went through to get them. There are certain factors that are within your control to maintain the color, but things like genetics, the age of your skin, even hormone imbalances, can change the rate at which the pigment fades. Touching up ensures that you are allowing the proper time for your skin to absorb the pigment, giving your brows a bold, dark color that will eventually fade to a more softer, desirable shade.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/