Is it? Or how long does it last? Permanent makeup is permanent in that when you wake up it’s there. That said, the pigment that is used in permanent makeup procedures is formulated for use on the face and heals away or softens with time. The good news is that it allows changes and adjustments in color and design to shift slowly as one ages. I like to remind women that their face is like expensive real estate and so during consultation I will offer them suggestions and tips that create the most natural, youthful look that will enhance their look now and over time.
Elements that effect permanent makeup and can cause color to heal away more rapidly are the sun, salts and acids. In other words protecting pigmented areas form the sun is highly recommended as the sun is our biggest enemy for aging. I use the illustration/analogy of how the homes near or on the ocean fade and need painting more often than those not so exposed to the element of sun and wind and weather. As far as salts and acids that can relate to topical skin care products, the health of the skin as well as swimming in chlorine and salt water. While it may seem as though there is much that can be a detriment to permanent makeup the solutions are simple:
- Wear protective SPF30 while out in the sun. Hats and sunglasses are recommended.
- Apply an ointment such as Vaseline on the lips and brows prior to using anti-aging products such as retin-A or those containing AHA’s. Eyeliner isn’t affected quite as much if eyes are lined in black or shades thereof.
- When finished with outdoor activities such as swimming, golf or tennis simply rinse face so that salt, chlorine or sweat is not drying on the pigmented areas.
- When applying facial products and peels, apply Vaseline to the pigmented areas, and do not apply facial products on the treated area. Keep them at least a 1/2 inch away from the permanent makeup.
- Avoid chlorinated pools and hot tubs for the first few weeks after the procedure. Chlorine can make the permanent makeup fade.
- Do not get used to scratching, scrubbing or peeling the treated area even after it has healed. Doing this will only make the permanent makeup to fade and increase the risk of bacteria from invading that area of the skin.
- If you have undergone a lip procedure then avoid salty and acidic foods until the lips are healed. Do not use glycolic or fruit acid products on your lips.
Remember that, the extent of fading will depend on your age, aftercare and your skin’s ability to retain color. Although the makeup is permanent, the color will fade overtime so you must do your part to ensure it lasts longer. Whenever you see color shifts on your permanent makeup, schedule a visit to your technician and have it retouched. People who live in dry areas may require more retouches than those who live in damper environments.