The process is considered permanent because the pigment is implanted into the skin’s dermal layer, so it cannot be washed off, though it will lighten over time. With proper skin care such as the application of sunscreen, the color of the pigment can last for several years. Every person’s skin is different with regards to pigment retention, however, and pigment longevity is further affected by your age, skin thickness, any scars, and the use of skin care products. While permanent makeup can last for several years, color boosts are recommended every 1 to 3 years.