How Your Lip Colour Will Heal
Days 1-2: You love your new lip colour!
Your lip colour will appear brighter than it will heal. Your lips will also feel swollen and tender. Your colour will begin to darken temporarily throughout the day as the pigment oxidises.
Days 3-14: Swelling will have finished.
Your lips will feel dry and start the flaking process. Allow shedding to happen naturally. As your lips flake, it will appear that your lip colour is very light and "frosty". This is only temporary as you are still healing. Over the next several days your lip colour will reappear until it fully blooms.
Days 28-42: It’s time for your retouch appointment!
By this time your lips are fully healed and it’s recommended that you come back in to touch up any colour that might have healed too light or at all imperfectly. Applying a second layer of new colour will build off of your previous colour, creating a more saturated and longer-lasting lip. During this appointment, you also have the opportunity to further adjust the shape if desired.
Do's & Don'ts
Don’t get your lips soaking wet. Clean them by blotting them with a damp cotton pad. Drink through a straw. If they do get wet, dry them by patting ASAP.
Don’t touch, rub, or pick at your lips. Let them peel at their own pace. If you rip off the chapped skin, you can pull out the pigments and your lips will heal patchy.
Don’t get your lips in contact with any surface that’s not clean, including your fingers. You risk contaminating the sensitive area with bacteria and developing an infection.
Don’t expose your lips to sunlight. It accelerates pigment fading and can cause the colour to change.
Don’t go swimming. Don’t take long, hot showers, and don’t go to saunas or steam baths. Try to keep your lips dry (apart from the prescribed moisturiser). Otherwise, you risk developing an infection.
Don’t get toothpaste on your lips.
Don’t put any products apart from the prescribed moisturiser on your lips. No makeup for at least 10 days.
Don’t sleep on your face.
Don’t eat spicy or salty foods. They’ll sting. Cut any food into small pieces to prevent the scab from cracking.
Don’t drink alcohol. It’ll sting and dry out your lips further.
Don’t drink or eat anything too hot – it will make the swelling worse.
Don’t get any beauty treatments. If harsh ingredients get onto the area they’ll irritate the skin, and can disrupt the pigments from settling properly.
Don’t get teeth whitening.
Refrain from kissing. You risk developing an infection, and you’ll rip off the chapped skin.