Do Your Eyebrows Need Their Own Skincare Routine?
Now we know what you're thinking: your nightly beauty routine is already jam packed with skincare step—and don't even get you started on your morning makeup regimen—so why on Earth would you complicate things with more steps and products? Well when it comes to your brows, those extra steps might just be worth it.
Do you need a specific brow routine?: The short answer is: it depends. According to celebrity makeup artist and brow expert Ramy Gafni, author of How To Fake Real Beauty, if you're perfectly content with your brow shape (lucky you!), you might not need to make any special adjustments to your routine. However, if your brows could use a little work, you just might need to give them a bit more TLC. "Paying special attention to your eyebrow area and the surrounding skin can stimulate hair growth and condition your brow hairs so that they look and feel better," he says.
So you're adding in a brow routine. What now?: First, you can make sure you have some key products on hand. "The only extra products you really need are an eyebrow conditioning or growth serum like Ramy Eye GROW Brows and a spooly brush, which really grabs the brow hairs and is firm enough to exfoliate the hair follicles beneath your brows," Ramy explains. Although Ramy suggests using your favorite facial cleanser, exfoliator, or sonic brush to stimulate the area, for those of our Influensters really looking to up their brow game, there are brow-specific cleansers, oils, and exfoliators you can try.
How often should you do this?: This will of course vary, but as a general guideline, we created this quick brow care breakdown!
Daily: On a daily basis, Ramy says you should brush through your brows to groom them as well as exfoliate and improve circulation of the hair follicle. He also recommends taking a multi-vitamin with biotin and zinc or a pre-natal vitamin. In addition, Sabah Feroz, brow expert at blinkbrowbar located in Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, says incorporating a daily oil, such as the bbbrowbar Nourishing Brow Oil at night, will keep your brows nourished and healthy. Another good option for daily brow care is to use a micellar water, which is particularly gentle on hair, to remove makeup and impurities. (And if you're not already adopting a brow pencil or gel to cover sparse areas while hair is growing, we've got the top ten on Influenster to make it a little easier!)
Weekly: Your weekly upkeep of your arches is a bit more advanced. Sabah recommends using an exfoliator such as bbrowbar Brow Exfoliator. She prefers this formula for its gentle scrub, which lifts away dry and flaky skin, allowing your brows to be more conditioned. "It will also ensure your brows stay free from ingrown hair, making the threading process easier, with cleaner and more precise results," she adds. Another option for weekly upkeep: shampooing your hairs with baby shampoo! If that still isn't giving you the brows of your dreams, apply a hair conditioner or mask to soften coarse hair, says Ramy.
Monthly: Finally, both of our experts agree on one monthly grooming habit: vist the pros. "Removing stray hairs at home can be dangerous, especially if you get pluck happy!" reminds Sabah. "Removing too many hairs, or hairs from the wrong place can completely change the shape of your brows," she adds.
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