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What is microblading?

Microblading is a cosmetic procedure that inserts pigment under your skin using a needle or an electric machine with a needle or needles attached to it. It’s also sometimes known as feathering or micro-stroking.

Microblading aims to give you well-defined brows that look natural without the hassle of daily makeup application. Microblading has been around for at least 25 years in Asia and has been growing in popularity in the United States and Europe.

Once applied, microblading pigment does fade. How long your microblading results last will depend on your skin type, lifestyle, and how often you get touch-ups.

How long does microblading last?

The effects of microblading last anywhere between 18 and 30 months. Once pigment from the procedure begins to noticeably fade, you’ll need to go back to your practitioner for a touch-up application. Touch-ups can be necessary every six months or every year, depending on your skin type and preferred look.

Microblading touch-ups are similar to getting root touch-ups for your hair. If you go when your microblading first starts fading, you can simply have the colour filled in. But if you wait longer than your practitioner recommends, you may have to have the whole microblading procedure done over again on both of your eyebrows. This is time-intensive and much more expensive than a touch-up application.

How long does microblading last on oily skin?

If you have oily skin, you’re still a candidate for microblading. But the results might not last as long as they would on other skin types. High amounts of sebum, or oil, being secreted from your skin can make it more difficult for pigment to adhere and stay in your skin. Speak to your aesthetician about any concerns you have about your skin type and how long you can expect your results to last.

How long does microblading take to heal?

Microblading takes 10 to 14 days to heal as the pigment settles into its shape. During this process, your skin will be sensitive. The skin on your eyebrows will eventually scab and flake off. The area will be red and tender to the touch at first.

While your new brow shape is healing, don’t pick or scratch the area. This introduces germs that could become trapped under your skin and cause an infection. Picking at flakes may also cause the color of your brows to fade more quickly.

During this healing period, you should avoid all forms of moisture on your brows. This includes excessive sweating from working out and getting them wet in the shower or pool.

Precautions and risks

If you’re considering a microblading procedure, you should take note of several risks.

Once the procedure is complete, your eyebrows will have the same colour and shape until the colour fades — which can take 18 months or more. Have an in-depth consultation with your practitioner that includes reviewing their portfolio and having them sketch a trial shape onto your face so you can preview the finished product.


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1.Remove make-up and cleanse your face every day

A cleanser: a simple and effective way to prepare the skin in the morning to receive a serum and day cream. However in the evening, remove your make-up and cleanse as advised (with a milk if your skin is dry or a foaming gel if it is more oily), followed by a tonic lotion to eliminate the final residues of make-up. As such, your skin will be perfectly cleansed and your wrinkle-correcting cream will be even more effective.

Anti- Aging Beauty Tips

2.Hydrate your skin abundantly

The first gesture to delay the appearance of the first wrinkles as much as possible: give the skin highly-dosed hydration, twice a day, morning and evening.

Anti- Aging Beauty Tips

3.Protect yourself effectively from the sun

Wrinkles’ sworn enemy: the Sun and for good reason, when its UVA and UVB rays penetrate the skin they cause lesions inside the cells themselves, deteriorating the collagen and elastin fibres and leading to a photo-ageing phenomena. Grab your SPF!

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 4.Try a peel

Cell renewal slows down, the cutaneous surface is less smooth due to dehydration, choose a chemical (Peeling Marin) or mechanical peel such as Micro-dermabrasion with ThalgoSkin Expert.


5.Sleep well

It’s It has been proven that, in women, sleeping badly accelerates skin ageing. Good quality sleep gives the skin a better faculty for self-repair and recuperation faced with the different stresses that it has to endure, whereas a bad night’s sleep leads to more fine lines appearing, more differences in pigmentation, and increased loss of elasticity. Take advantage of long and good nights of sleep to apply the Wrinkle Correcting Rich Cream.



6.Watch what you eat

On your menu: five fruits and vegetables per day obviously, but also choose products rich in antioxidants (raspberries, green tea, apricots, cherries, artichokes, beetroot, cabbage, avocados, tomatoes, etc.) and omega 3 (salmon, olive and walnut oils, tuna, spinach etc.). Result: younger skin and a diet that’s much more balanced!

7.Drink enough water

 A litre of water per day, no less! An easy, practical and economical way to avoid a dull complexion and skin with premature wrinkles, and show a fresh and plumped up epidermis all year.

 8.Protect yourself

Wrinkles love pollution, alcohol, tobacco. They all alter the skin’s microcirculation and lead to premature ageing of the skin which becomes dry, dull and wrinkled. We can’t say it enough, having a healthy lifestyle is key. Take care of the interior of your home by airing it 15 minutes per day, as interior pollution (waves, ventilation, etc.) is more harmful than exterior pollution.

9.Daily habits that encourage wrinkles to appear

  • in the bathroom: showers or hot baths, overdoing make-up, not taking off all of your make-up or not taking it off at all
  • During the day: forgetting to put sunscreen on, sitting next to the heating
  • In front of the computer: not wearing glasses if you have problems with your eyesight, staying in front of your computer for a long time
  • In your bedroom: not changing your sheets regularly, sleeping on your stomach
  • Through your lifestyle: constantly chewing gum, smoking, having a fat-free diet

What is microdermabrasion?

According to Debbie Thomas, celebrity facialist and founder of the D.Thomas Clinic: ‘Micro means small or light and dermabrasion means mechanical or physical exfoliation, so this is a light, physical exfoliation,’ Debbie explains. ‘A professional exfoliation will always be deeper than at home exfoliations but for us, microdermabrasion is considered light because we only remove the uppermost dead skin layers. A medium exfoliation removes more layers, so is closer to the junction between the dermis and epidermis’

By removing the top layer of skin, the body quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. This non-invasive procedure stimulates blood flow, which can improve cell production, in turn improving skin’s elasticity and texture.

Microdermabrasion can be used on the face, neck, chest, back and hands. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skinrelated concerns and conditions:

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • hyperpigmentation, age spots and brown spots
  • enlarged pores and blackheads
  • acne and acne scars
  • stretch marks
  • dull-looking skin complexion
  • uneven skin tone and texture
  • melasma
  • sun damage

Microdermabrasion benefits

‘If performed correctly and not overdone, not only will you get smoother skin, but you can fade pigmentation, reduce congestion and stimulate collagen production,’ Debbie tells us.

‘Most skin types can tolerate and benefit from microdermabrasion, but you do need to go to someone very experienced if you have sensitive or very problematic skin. For example, mild acne, mild acne scars and general congestion can really benefit, but if the acne is more severe, then microdermabrasion could be irritating.

‘It is good to go to someone who has a few treatment options and who can steer you towards the right one. Nearly all types of microdermabrasion device allow the practitioner to change the intensity, so they can do a more gentle treatment for delicate or sensitive skins, and stronger treatments for those who can tolerate more or who need a stronger approach to reach their goals.’

The procedure is not recommended if you have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, active sunburn, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or, as Debbie mentions, very serious acne.

Is microdermabrasion safe?

‘Yes, it is when in experienced hands,’ Debbie assures us. ‘With any advanced skin treatments there is a risk of some redness, dryness and irritation, all of which should be short-lived. The idea is to stimulate the skin so expect to see skin that’s more “active” immediately afterwards.’
The procedure doesn’t hurt, although you may find it a bit uncomfortable, and you may experience slight tenderness and/or redness straight after your treatment.

How much does it cost?

You can add microdermabrasion additional to any of our facials from as little as £15 per 20 minutes.

We recommend the Thalgo Skin Expert Facial , Thalgo’s microdermabrasion machine uses the latest technology to intensely smooth the micro-contours of your skin for an even-toned, clear and radiant complexion, with instantly visible results. The SKINLIGHT satellites combine blue and red light for “magenta” light therapy, which is anti bacterial, anti-septic, soothing and calming, while Meso-Lift satellites give extra anti-ageing action. Wrinkles, fine lines and imperfections are visibly smoothed away and the skin’s natural regeneration processes are stimulated. Always apply Thalgo Sunscreen SPF50 after a Microdermabrasion treatment as your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. This Facial is 40-65 minutes and is £45-£67.

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LUCY ABBERSTEEN, MAY 13, 2020 9:15 AM, Marie-Claire