20 May Warm Weather Is Here! How Do I Protect My Permanent Makeup?
In our weak winter sun you don’t have to worry too much about your exposing your permanent makeup, at least not here in British Columbia where the weather is mild. But… as the days grow longer and the flowers start to bloom there are important precautions that will prolong your fabulous results.
For the first 2 weeks, and preferably 6, after any permanent makeup procedure it is extremely important to avoid direct sunlight on your treatment area. Not only do you not want your pigment to fade prematurely, but more importantly wounds exposed to UVA and UVB rays may develop abnormal pigmentation. Most of us are at risk of this skin injury… think about the last time you scratched your arm or leg and were left with a scar that was either lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than your natural skin tone. The darker your skin colour, the higher the risk. THIS is the real reason you need to protect your skin after any permanent makeup procedure.
So, for the first 2-6 weeks totally avoid any sunny excursions, or wear a hat large enough to protect the area that has been treated. This is not the time to head on a sunny holiday. After the first 2 weeks, and initial phase of healing, be sure to apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunblock with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure to reapply frequently during the day or use a long lasting and waterproof product.
While you’re at it, protect your entire face to avoid premature aging! While we at Halcyon Cosmetic want know that permanent makeup is a great solution to the hassle of daily makeup routines, we also want you to take preventive measures to maintain your skin and health!