Cosmetic tattoo aftercare

Semi- Permanent post-care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows. Do not let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first seven days after your procedure.


1 hour after treatment, gently clean the area with a very small amount of warm water on a cotton pad. This should be just barely damp, not wet. Also, apply a very thin breathable layer of tattoo ointment (given after appointment). This is a gentle antiseptic cream which assists in the skin’s natural healing process. It will prevent infections and scabbing and will hydrate and soothe the tattooed area. Do this every two hours today to avoid build-up of blood/lymph on the area.

DAY 2 & 3

You can stop wiping your brows with sterile water now. Continue to apply the ointment twice a day for 7 days.
You may apply a very small amount of the aftercare ointment to your brows using a cotton swab. This should be a very small amount; half the size of a grain of rice for both brows. This is just to add a small amount of moisture. Brows should not appear greasy, glossy or shiny. If they do, you have used too much.
Do not use aggressive movement/manipulation of the skin – be gentle. Make sure your hands are clean before touching your brows.

Week 1

Brows will appear slightly dark

Week 2

Brows will start to go translucent and pale as you have washed away lymph to prevent huge scabbing. This will lose 30-40% of intensity.

Week 3

Brows will start to return and be patchy

Week 4

Brows are due the top-up and any changes will be made.


  • Increased sweating

  • Practising sports

  • Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi

  • Sun tanning or salon tanning

  • UV/UVA Rays or chemicals are known to cause a shift in colour and premature fading

  • Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck

  • Picking, peeling or scratching of the micro-pigmented area. This avoids scarring of the area or removal of the pigment

  • Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning, where there is a lot of airborne debris. This includes garage or basement cleaning

  • Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds

  • Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles

  • Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab

  • Please wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead or take a bath.

  • Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.

  • If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin following your microblading, please contact Brow Vault immediately, to discuss further instructions.