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Microblading Appointment? Here’s When to Wash Your Face Afterwards

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Tired of applying makeup to fill in your eyebrows or noticed that they’re thinning as the years pass? If so, microblading might be a *great* solution for you.

Gone are the days of the super-thin brows we saw in the 90s (unless you’ve been blessed with a face like Bella Hadid), the bushy, natural brow is now reigning supreme – and we are totally here for it.

Tonnes of people are getting their eyebrows microbladed, meaning more time in the morning for coffee and less time in front of the mirror trying to make your eyebrows symmetrical (they never will be, BTW!)

While microblading is great for getting great-looking brows, especially for those of us who are noticing less hair where it used to grow, you’ll probably want to know what to expect going into the procedure if it’s your first time.

One question in particular that we keep coming across is “But how long do I have to wait before I wash my face?!”

Well, we spoke to celeb aesthetician Ian Michael Crumm to find out *everything* there is to know about microblading, including aftercare and making the most of your newly bushy brows.


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What is microblading?

Microblading is a cosmetic treatment that makes brows look fuller, using teeny tiny hair-like brush strokes for a really natural look.

It’s basically a cosmetic tattoo, however, microbladed brows are semi-permanent and fade over time – unlike traditional tattoos (you do not want one of those on your brows, believe us!)

Microblading also differs from traditional tattooing in that it doesn’t involve the use of a tattoo gun. Instead, it’s done using a specialised blade tool that has very small needles that are used to deposit pigment.

Microblading results can last anywhere between 18 and 30 months. How long the procedure lasts depends on your skin type and preferences. Some skin takes to the pigment better, which is why the length in between procedures varies so widely,” says Healthline.

This makes it ideal for those who want their brows to look fuller but don’t want to be reapplying brow powders, gels and pomades throughout the day. 

Once you’ve decided to take advantage of microblading, you’ll most likely want to know *exactly* what to expect during the recovery period. And, according to Crumm, “Typically, you’ll be advised to avoid getting your eyebrows wet for the first 7-10 days after the procedure.

“This means you should avoid washing your face directly, including your brow area, during this initial healing period.”

Sound a *little* bit scary? Don’t worry, we will explain all…


When can I wash my face after microblading?

You should avoid getting your brows wet immediately after microblading, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t wash your face at all!

You both can and should wash your face after the procedure to keep the skin on your face in the best possible shape. Crumm advises “You can cleanse around the eyebrows using a gentle facial cleanser or cleansing wipes.

“Wash your face while taking care to avoid getting your eyebrows wet until at least 10 days have passed since you’ve undergone microblading.”


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How do I wash my face after microblading?

When you wash your face after microblading, you definitely don’t want to splash water all over your face. It’s best to use a cotton pad or cleansing mitt to carefully clean around the contours of your eyes and eye sockets and to avoid getting any moisture on the eyebrow area.

As long as you don’t get your face too wet and you control where you’re applying your cleanser and water, you should be able to keep your face clean without disrupting your microbladed brows in any way!

Easy peasy.


What happens if my eyebrows get wet after microblading?

While you should avoid it, it’s not the end of the world if your eyebrows get wet after microblading.

Hard as you may try, life happens and you might accidentally get your brows wet while washing your face or in some other way. If this happens, you could be dealing with the loss of some of the pigment you gained from microblading. But at the end of the day, your esthetician will simply make up for this on your next appointment.

You shouldn’t have to worry about more severe problems like infection simply because you’ve gotten your brows wet after microblading, so don’t worry too much.


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But how do I shower without getting my eyebrows wet?

At this point, you’re probably worried that you’ll have to go an alarmingly long period of time without showering after microblading. But fear not… You can and should shower in the days and weeks after microblading, you simply have to be a little more careful.

There are a few precautions you should take while showering after microblading:

  • Avoid too much steam and water

First of all, you don’t want to be putting your face directly in the stream of the water while you’re taking a shower. Again, you need to focus on keeping your brows dry, so steer clear of running water and steam.

  • Use a detachable showerhead

Your best bet is to use a detachable showerhead so that you can control the flow of water and any splashes, directing it away from your face – especially when washing your hair!

  • Avoid washing your hair

Ideally, you should wait at least a couple of days after the microblading procedure and avoid washing your hair entirely if possible. However, you can certainly wash your body during this time and simply keep water from getting on your face. 

  • Keep the temperature down

You should definitely keep the water temperature down when you’re showering in the days after microblading. If you shower with super hot water, you’re probably going to start sweating, and moisture on your brows from sweat can be just as problematic as moisture that comes directly from the showerhead!

The same can be said for sweating while exercising, try and avoid anything that will cause you to sweat too much in the days after your microblading appointment.


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How do I get the best results from my microblading?

There are numerous things you can do to get better results from microblading. Crumm says that “it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your microblading specialist.”

Be sure to ask your microblading specialist any questions you have about aftercare practices that will allow you to achieve the best results. Here are our top tips:

  • Avoiding exposure to moisture is one of the *most important* things to do after microblading (did we mention this already?!)
  • Don’t apply makeup to the brow area for at least a week after your appointment
  • Don’t rub or scratch your eyebrow area, and don’t pick off any scabs that have formed
  • Don’t go swimming or sit in a sauna until at least a week has passed
  • Try to keep your hair pulled back from your brows while you’re recovering


How do I know when my eyebrows have healed?

You’ll probably notice some scabbing and redness after microblading. Fortunately, you can expect these issues to clear up quickly.

Ideally, you should wait 10 days before showering and washing your face normally. However, your brows should be back to normal after a week has passed.

The appearance of your brows may change slightly for as long as 6 weeks after microblading, and you might notice that your brows get darker for several weeks after the procedure. 


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The takeaway

So, ready for fuller, thicker-looking brows? We are right there with you!

Microblading is an *amazing* option for those of us with thinner hair, those of us losing hair due to age or medical issues, and those of us who have simply had enough of tending to brows every morning.

There are some precautions you’ll need to take following your appointment, and always listen to the advice of your practitioner. As long as you keep your brows free of water, sweat and cosmetic products, you can expect to have a great pair of eyebrows for at least a year!

Now that’s worth avoiding splashing your face with water for a few days, eh? 


Meet the expert

Ian Michael Crumm is a celebrity aesthetican and beauty expert as well as co-host of the BeautyCurious podcast with Dr. Elyse Love. He is known for his passion for skincare and sun safety, is actively involved in philanthropic efforts to promote skin cancer awareness and believes that #ProtectedSkinWins.


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Senior Beauty Editor

Laura Kemp started her journalism career as a news reporter for one of the largest newspaper groups in Europe before moving into features and editorial writing. Combining her love of hard-hitting journalism with her passion for beauty, she’s now Senior Beauty Editor at Live That Glow. When she’s not writing, researching, or interviewing her favourite experts, you’ll find Laura practicing her downward dog or drifting on her paddleboard.

Expertise: Hair care, nails
Education: University of Salford

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