Exercising After Your Permanent Makeup Treatment

April 3, 2023

Your workout routine may be impacted by your permanent makeup treatment! That is something not everyone realizes when they arrive to their appointment eager to have their eyebrows, lips, or eyeliner done. This could be a deal breaker for some, while it is a guilt free break for others. But why aren't you allowed to do your regular exercise routine, such as hiking, gym or swimming lessons? Let's go over it in this article.

Sweating Is Not Allowed During The Healing Process Of Permanent Make Up

First and foremost, it is critical to avoid all humidity and sweating for at least seven days. We recommend attempting to go 14 days without heavy exercise. The reason is that sweat will affect the healing process by causing the pigment not to heal properly in the skin due to sweat and humidity. Consider this scenario: you put on some nice makeup, then go to the gym and sweat, and all of your makeup melts! Unless you're wearing some seriously water-resistant makeup. Some gym studios, especially those without windows or good ventilation systems, are suffocating in humidity. The gym isn't the only place where you shouldn't go; we're also talking about hiking, outdoor runs, and other sweat inducing activities.

There Is Most Likely Bacteria In Your Gym Or Swimming Pool 

The treated area is an open wound after your permanent makeup treatment, and you must be extra careful and hygienic for the first 7-14 days while it heals and the scabbing occurs. Swimming in a pool or using a hot tub is a big no no for obvious reasons. Consider all activities that could expose you to bacteria and try to avoid them for up to 14 days. Gyms are full of bacteria and germs that you don't want to spread to your freshly applied permanent makeup. This could be bacteria in the air or bacteria on gym machines that you touch and then touch your face without realizing it. I always recommend washing your hands frequently while your permanent make up is healing.

How Will Exercising Affect My Permanent Make Up? 

The worst case scenario, which is an infection in the treated area, must be mentioned. That is something you must avoid at all costs. After the treatment, the skin heals itself in the first few days. Scabbing occurs as a result of this, and with humidity and sweat, the scabbing can fall off prematurely, removing all of the pigment with it. After the healing process is complete, you will be in an upsetting situation. You'll notice that the color of the area has significantly faded. It's possible that because of that  you might need the 3rd or even the 4th session. In some cases, this may have an impact on the treatment's cost. As a result, be sure to follow the instructions given to you by your permanent make up artist.

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What Exercises Can You Do Instead?

You are permitted to exercise lightly in a sterile environment where you will not sweat. Take a walk, for example, but be cautious if it is raining, humid, or extremely hot outside so that your permanent makeup is protected as much as possible. Exercises that you can do at home and control your intensity levels are also a good option. I understand that this isn't ideal for those of you who have a more rigorous training regimen, but it's only for a few days. Those few days fly by, and can you imagine going about your daily routine without worrying about your brows, eyeliner, or lips? That is well worth the effort! Just keep in mind that you'll have to do it all over again for your second appointment. But don't let that deter you; you won't regret it!

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Kristjana has years of experience as a Customer Success and Marketing Manager in the Permanent Makeup industry. Her passion is to share information in a simple way in order to assist everyone in making well informed decisions about which treatment and PMU Artist to choose.