The Face Area You're Not Exfoliating But Should Be
By Liz Ritter, Executive Editor |
It’s no secret that thick brows are in. But, could skipping a simple skin care step on this specific area of the face be what’s standing in between you and the bold look? According to celebrity eyebrow specialist, Elke Von Freudenberg, it is. “Exfoliation on the brow area not only removes dead skin under the hairs, but can also help with hair growth by stimulation and giving circulation to the hair follicle,” she says. “It’s the same premise as brushing your hair every day. The more circulation to the hair, the better and faster it can grow.”
What to Look for
For starters, you want a scrub that is stronger than your facial scrub. “Most facial scrubs are too soft for stimulation,” Von Freudenberg says. “They’re fine for exfoliation, but not enough to really get circulation going, which is the important part.” But stay away from a body scrub, which can be too harsh for this area, and avoid anything with salt, as it stings if it gets in your eyes.
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How to Scrub for
“I recommend using the scrub nightly. Scrub the eyebrow area where you want growth, or if you want thicker brow overall, scrub above the brow, through and below the brow. Scrub for one minute each for both brows,” Von Freudenberg says.
When to Clean Up
According to Von Freudenberg, to get thicker brows, you really only need one to three more rows to make a difference—which really isn’t that much. “A row can be both below or above the eyebrows and you'll see faster growth along the tops as the hairs are thicker and grow faster,” she says. “Clean up all the crazy stray hairs that are growing way too far below the brow and focus on that row or two below to get thicker. Once your brows are a little cleaner looking, growing them in seems and looks easier.”