Permanent Makeup Aftercare

by | Feb 23, 2022 | Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Lips

Up close before and after photo of a woman who got her eyebrows tattooed

You know how beautiful and convenient permanent makeup can be, but you may be on the fence if you’re worried about the recovery period. However, with just a few minutes a day and good skincare habits, you can get the best results for your permanent makeup. Here are some tips for caring for your skin after a cosmetic tattoo.

Morning and Evening Care

When you wake and before you go to sleep, make sure to wash wherever you’ve had permanent makeup done. Use warm water and mild soap, and gently wash and pat dry in 10-15 seconds.

Moisturize the area with a small amount of the aftercare stick provided by your artist. This will assist the skin in retaining moisture and preventing it from drying out.

You reduce the risk of infection and contamination by avoiding excessive touching with your hands.

Daytime Care

As much as possible, avoid touching, picking, or scratching the tattooed area. It should be completely exposed to fresh air and subjected to only light pressure.

Touching the area can cause scarring and slow down the healing process. If you get flaky pieces, wait until they fall off before starting your aftercare routine again.

Apply sunscreen if you’re going to be outside in the sun. Tattooed skin is sun-sensitive and will burn quickly, causing the healing process to be slowed. Sunscreen also shields your skin from UVA and UVB rays, which can not only cause skin damage but also prematurely alter the appearance of your permanent makeup. The aftercare provided at Arden Gate Studio has an SPF of 15, but higher SPF is advised if the client will be in the sun for prolonged periods of time.

Additional Care

Clients need to make sure to keep the tattooed area from getting saturated with moisture. This includes steam from a shower, sauna, hot tub, swimming and sweating.

We advise that clients sleep on their backs. This is for multiple reasons. First, pillows can contain bacteria that can cause infection on the fresh tattoos. Also, sleeping on your side can cause the eyebrow to stick to the pillow, pulling the scabs out, along with ink! Suggestions for side sleepers to sleep on their backs include using a travel neck pillow and/or wearing a baseball cap!

Caring for your Permanent Makeup

You want the best results for your permanent makeup, which requires caring for it correctly. This is a team effort! Keep in mind that everyone heals differently and that healing times vary. Some heal almost 100% after one service and some need an extra touchup. But by following the after-care instructions outlined above, you will be able to ensure a quick recovery, reduce the risk of infection or scarring, and ensure the longevity of your permanent makeup.