If you’re thinking about getting microblading done, you might be wondering if you can still work out afterwards. Here’s what you need to know.
Microblading is a popular form of semi-permanent makeup that is used to create fuller brows. It involves the use of a handheld device to draw individual hairs on the skin to create a more natural look. After you have your microblading treatment, it is important to take certain precautions to ensure that the treatment is successful. This includes avoiding any type of workout for a certain period of time. In this article, we will discuss why this is important and what other precautions you should take after microblading.
What is Microblading
Microblading is a method of semi-permanent makeup that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows. It is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool made up of several tiny needles. The effects last anywhere from 12 – 24 months depending on skin type, sun exposure and any additional aftercare treatments you may choose.
The process requires a topical anesthetic and careful consideration of medical history to reduce the chances of infection or allergic reaction. The pigments used are specifically formulated for permanent procedures and contain natural iron oxides that hold their color over time but may fade with exposures to sun, so sunscreen is highly recommended after microblading procedures to maintain your desired look.
It is important to give your body enough time for healing before putting any strain on the area so exercises are not recommended for 48 – 72 hours following your session as this can compromise the results. Additionally it is best practice to avoid direct contact with chlorine, saltwater and saunas until brows have fully healed, usually 4 – 6 weeks post session.
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing procedure that helps create fuller, more even eyebrows. After a successful microblading session, it is important to follow the aftercare guidelines to ensure the best possible results. One of the most important instructions is to avoid exercising or sweating during the healing period, as this can cause the pigments to fade or become distorted. In this article we will look at the reasons why exercise should be avoided after microblading.
Avoiding Sweat and Water
It is important to avoid sweating and submerging your face in water for 10-14 days after a microblading procedure. This includes avoiding saunas and steam rooms, hot showers, and vigorous exercise. Sweat can introduce bacteria into the architecture of the brows, which can increase healing time, lead to infection and have a negative effect on the longevity of your brows. If you do find yourself sweating, use either a clean tissue or clean cotton pad to gently blot excess sweat away from the area without touching it or rubbing it.
Water can also be damaging to fresh microblading because it strips away the skin’s natural oils that are essential for healing and protecting newly sensitive skin from inflammation caused by sun or other environmental factors. Submerging your face in water (like during swimming or aquatic sports like surfing) should be avoided for at least two weeks after your procedure so that any open areas can heal without risk of infection from water-borne bacteria.
If you must take part in strenuous activities that involve sweat and/or water during this time, use extra precaution to protect your eyebrows by wearing a protective patch over them when participating in any activity where these elements are present. Keep your eyebrows shielded until completely healed before resuming physical activities such as swimming, running and hiking.
Avoiding Sun Exposure
It is important to protect your new brows from sun exposure for the first four weeks after microblading. The Ultra Violet (UV) rays from the sun can fade your new pigment colour before it has time to completely heal and settle into your skin. Therefore, it is essential to wear a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher, at all times while outside, and ensure hats or other headgear provide ample protection for your eyebrows. In addition use an umbrella or similar aid to protect yourself as much as possible when outdoors as this will also help prevent fading of the pigments.
Avoiding Makeup and Touching the Area
After getting microblading, you may be excited to show off your eyebrows. However, following the right aftercare protocol is essential in order to get the best results and an even look of your brows. As part of a good microblading aftercare routine, you should avoid touching or scrubbing the area where the microblading was done and abstain from wearing makeup.
Touching the treated area can disturb or remove newly implanted pigment and also push harmful bacteria onto the area, causing infection and interfering with healing. This is especially true if you have any open cuts from the procedure—keep them clean at all times! Make sure you step away from tweezing, waxing, tinting and using any other cosmetic treatments around your eyebrows for at least one month until they are fully healed.
In addition, it is beneficial to avoid makeup in this area while healing. Cosmetics can contaminate open cuts on recently microbladed skin or cause infections when applied over freshly implanted pigment areas since cosmetics tend to irritate sensitive skin around these regions. For best results, it is advised not to put any kind of makeup on eyebrows for two weeks after treatment since this would interfere with color retention process and could lead to unsatisfying results.
Risks of Working Out After Microblading
Microblading is a popular method of semi-permanent eyebrow makeup that involves creating small, hair-like strokes with a fine needle. It can be a great way to improve the appearance of your eyebrows and give them a fuller, more defined look. However, it is important to know the risks of working out after microblading so that you can keep your eyebrows looking their best. Let’s take a look at the potential risks.
Sweat and Moisture
When microblading, or any type of cosmetic tattooing, is performed on the skin, small wounds are made. Working out soon after your microblading procedure can cause excessive sweating and moisture which may cause an increased likelihood of infection. It is essential to ensure that your newly microbladed skin remains clean to avoid any contamination and irritation. Sweat or tears in the area can also lead to fading of pigment earlier than anticipated. For best results, you should wait at least 2-3 days after your microblading treatment before exercising and refrain from activities that cause a buildup of sweat and/or moisture.
When undergoing microblading, you are more likely to be more sensitive to sun exposure which can cause sunburn or create patches of pigmentation. Therefore, it is important to limit your exposure by wearing protective clothing such as a hat and long-sleeved shirts while exercising outside. Additionally, it is important to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply throughout the day. Even when working out indoors and with limited sunlight, it is still recommended to apply SPF on any exposed areas just in case. Working out in the sun or with prolonged periods of sweat can increase risks of hyperpigmentation and may also cause your microbladed brows to blur or fade faster than usual. To ensure that your brows maintain their desired look for longer, the best course of action is to limit your exposure for at least two weeks after getting microblading done.
Working out immediately after microblading can increase your risk of infection, due to the increased likelihood of bacteria entering the newly opened pores. Sweat and friction from equipment can push dirt, bacteria, and other particles into the freshly bladed brows. This can cause irritation, redness, and swelling—potentially leading to an infection. To avoid these issues, it’s best to wait at least 24 hours before exercising after microblading procedure.
Besides rigorous physical activity, any activity that is likely to expose your brows to sweat or dirt should be avoided in the first 24 hours following microblading. This includes activities such as jogging, going for a swim or a long bike ride. Instead opt for less intense activities like gentle yoga or walking which help flush out toxins but don’t involve excessive sweating or heat production.
Overall, it’s easy to see why avoiding strenuous activity after microblading is important. You need to allow proper healing time before engaging in physical activities that can strain or stress your newly treated area. After microblading, you should give your eyebrows time to heal before starting any intense workout routine. Make sure you follow the instructions of your professional practitioner and the guidelines of the American Academy of Dermatology for post-microblading care. Remember not to scratch, pick or rub your freshly treated brows as this can cause irritation and even bacterial infections. Give yourself a few days to recover fully and then you can safely return to your regular exercise routine!
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