Angelina Jolie, Aishwarya Rai and the late Elizabeth Taylor have one thing in common – gorgeous eyebrows, framing smoking hot and sultry eyes. Apart from genes, a little care goes a long way in creating attractive looks. And you can have gorgeous and healthy brows too!
The first thing to do is to stay out of the sun.
Anne Rammelsberg, a chemistry professor at Millikin University says ultraviolet light kills cells by damaging their DNA. So it goes without saying that being out in the sun too much will eventually cause skin cells to be so damaged that they can’t hold a hair follicle in place. It does require a lot of damage before this happens but it is better to be safe than sorry. The sun also causes hair to lighten in colour and dry out, not just on the head but anywhere that is exposed.
Whilst we may take pains to look after and strengthen our tresses, not enough care goes into looking after the eyebrows.
It’s true. Beauty is a growing industry as more people, both men and women, visit the salons for personal grooming. But apart from eyebrow shaping, waxing and tweezing, no further care is applied in between visits to the salon.
Very often, the big concern over sparse eyebrows is blamed on over-tweezing. And whilst true to a certain extent, this condition is reversible, albeit slowly. The main ‘cure’ here is patience. Grow them back one row at a time. Refrain from plucking and tweezing. If you must, tidy the eyebrows by giving them a trim. If thinning eyebrows are caused by health issues, then the remedial options include medical intervention, surgical or cosmetic treatments.
It takes very little to keep the eyebrows that you have happy and healthy. Like your body, the eyebrows will benefit from a balanced diet that includes folic acid, proteins, Vitamins A, C, E and B3 to promote hair growth. If you are applying eyebrow powder or using an eyebrow pencil, be gentle when applying it on to avoid breakage or hair loss. Additionally, gently brush your eyebrows with an eyebrow brush or even a soft toothbrush to avoid a build-up of dead skin cells beneath the fibres. After washing your face in the mornings, apply a bit of Ingro Stopper™ to keep the brows moisturised and supple.
Massage the eyebrows gently to stimulate hair growth or apply where applicable. Essentially, it’s all about keeping the eyebrows strengthened and moisturised. Go one step further by applying these home remedies to stimulate proper circulation:
- Beauty oils – almond, olive, castor, coconut, jojoba, sesame, linseed, lavender and rosemary
- Cold milk
- Aloe vera gel
- Fenugreek seek paste
- Egg yolk
- Fresh onion juice (Eeep! Really?)
Caution: Some people may be allergic to these products. Perform a patch test before using. Stop immediately if allergies flare up.