Why Do You Have to Keep Your Eyebrows Dry After a Cosmetic Tattoo?

Posted on: 15 May 2019

If you're thinking about getting eyebrow feathering tattoos, then you need to be ready to take extra care of your new eyebrows for a few days after the treatment. It's a good idea to know what this involves before you book yourself in for your tattoos; you may need to adapt your normal routine a little.

Your main concern here is likely to be keeping the tattoos dry and free from cosmetic substances until they settle down. Why is this important and what will you need to avoid doing?

Why Eyebrow Tattoos Need to Be Kept Dry

Most eyebrow tattoos need to be kept dry for a few days after they've been applied. Getting the tattoos wet or exposing them to the moisture in other cosmetics won't wash the tattoos off, but it may change their colour.

Typically, eyebrow tattoos start off looking darker than the colour they'll eventually take. So, for example, a tattoo might look quite dark and then lighten over the next week or so until it settles into its actual colour.

To get the best effects, the tattoos need to be kept dry in this bedding-in period. If you get them wet too early, then they may not turn out to be the colour you expected. They may also start to fade more quickly than you anticipated.

How to Keep Eyebrow Tattoos Dry

You need to adapt the way you shower and wash in the first few days after your tattoos are applied. Basically, you'll usually be told not to get water on your eyebrows. So, you may need to cover your eyebrows in the shower and to avoid washing them. Steam can also be an issue, so you may need to take shorter showers or baths than usual.

You may also need to avoid putting any cosmetics in the area. This also includes using make-up remover creams or general skin care products. Anything wet can affect the tattoos.

If you like to go to the gym or take other forms of exercise such as playing sports or running, then you may need to give these activities a miss for a week or so. Sweat can also change the ultimate colour of your tattoos.

If you aren't sure exactly what you need to do to keep your tattoos dry, ask your cosmetic clinic for advice. They can also give you tips on how to cover your eyebrows in the shower to avoid accidentally wetting them.