Welcome to my brand new blog post! Although the word ‘permanent’ is in ‘permanent makeup’, PMU does actually fade over time. Rather than calling it a no-maintenance treatment, we refer to permanent makeup as a ‘low-maintenance treatment.’
Fading is an important factor in permanent makeup – after all, you may want to change the style of your permanent makeup over the years or even try a slightly different shade. Having the freedom to move with the times and alter the colour and shape as your features change is imperative. But, what can you do to ensure that your permanent makeup stays looking flawless for longer?
Read on to discover three of the biggest things that can fade your permanent makeup or microblading prematurely.
UVA AND UVB RAYS FROM SUNLIGHT
The sunlight that reaches us (even on a cloudy day) has UVA and UVB rays.
UVA: Long wave ultraviolet
UVB: Short wave ultraviolet
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis and lead to premature skin ageing, suppression of the immune system and wrinkling. UVB rays tend to burn the superficial layers of the skin and play a part in the development of skin cancer.
The rays from the sun can not only cause irreversible skin damage, but they also play a key role in fading your permanent makeup.
HOW TO AVOID PREMATURE FADING BY THE SUN
Use a 50+SPF all over your face (and protect your body, too!) Even on a cloudy day, the sun’s rays are harmful. Pay special attention to any areas where you have permanent makeup. Sunglasses are also great for providing sun protection and blocking those harmful rays.
Retinol is another name for Retin-A – a chemical compound of Vitamin A which becomes the active Retinoic Acid when it hits the skin.
Retinol is often hailed as wonder product in skincare – it exfoliates the skin and aids in the production of collagen which keeps skin looking youthful. It also plays a part in fighting free radicals, fights acne and unclogs pores so there’s no wonder it’s a beauty buzzword amongst the skin-obsessed! Because of it’s exfoliating properties, retinols can cause premature fading of PMU or microblading.
HOW TO AVOID PREMATURE FADING BY RETINOL
Avoid any areas where you’ve had a PMU treatment. The main area here would be the eyebrows as retinols shouldn’t be used around mucous membranes. Make sure to leave a good space to allow for product migration.
NOT MAINTAINING YOUR PERMANENT MAKEUP WITH COLOUR BOOST TREATMENTS
Colour Boost treatments are important in making sure your PMU or microblading stays looking flawless. A Colour Boost is a ‘top up’ session where the pigment is refreshed, and alterations are made if desired. I recommend that Colour Boosts are taken 12-18 months after the completion of your initial treatment. The timescale will change person by person depending on your skin type, how you care for your PMU and of course, environmental factors.
HOW TO AVOID PREMATURE FADING DUE TO LACK OF MAINTENANCE
It’s really important to book your Colour Boost treatment to ensure your permanent makeup is preserved. We will advise you on the best time to book in for your Colour Boost after your retouch appointment (which is taken 4-12 weeks after your first treatment).
If you think you’re ready for your Colour Boost, please call my team on 01977 655 106, or fill in my contact form here to request a call back.
I hope this post was helpful in explaining some of the key factors that will make your PMU fade faster. If you have any questions on anything mentioned in this post, feel free to get in touch.
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