Eyebrows have suffered long and hard at the hands of over-zealous tweezers. Over-arched, over-thinned, over-defined and over-plucked, they’ve quietly borne the brunt of fashion’s cruel whims. (See some interesting brow history here.) Despite periods of relative safety for our long-suffering eye canopies (70s and 80s natural trends), we have spent years plucking those hairy face beasts into submission. (Who would blame them for packing it up and going to live with an Italian family in Sicily?)
Then along comes Cara Delvigne and suddenly, we all want our brows back. But after so much carnage, how will you ever get them to return?
First, stop plucking and give your follicles a rest. Plucking, threading, or waxing pulls the hair out by the root. Over time, this injures the hair follicle and can ultimately cause cell death. If that happens, goodbye, brows. Those babies are not coming back. Hopefully, yours are just deeply offended and will, with coaxing, get back to work.
It can take several months for brows to start producing hair again after repeated plucking. Age is a factor because hair grows more slowly as we get older. Couple that with the fact that your eyebrows are already the most sloth-like hairs growing on your body, plucked or not, and you can see nothing is happening fast.
Remove a few strays here and there if you must, but only if they are well outside the path you’re trying to nurture. And be careful about using a magnifying mirror. It will show you things not visible to the naked eye and send you down an OCD rabbit hole of hair eradication that could leave you looking like you suffered a propane grill flare by the time you’re done.
Best to put away the tweezers and give your brows some encouragement instead. And on that front, we have good news.
Give Your Brows A Nudge With Wink
The International Journal of Dermatology reports that caffeine, one of the main ingredients in Vivant’s Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream, stimulates hair follicles and helps hair grow faster by blocking the effects of the follicle-damaging chemical DHT. According to an additional study byThe International Journal of Dermatology, caffeine not only stimulates growth, it acts quickly. “Hair follicles that were treated with caffeine showed a highly significant growth rate at 24 hours, and still showed further significant growth at eight days.” Bonus for the ladies: women’s hair follicles were found to be more responsive to caffeine’s growth-boosting properties than men’s.
And the news gets better. The vitamin A in Wink exfoliates and clears the way for caffeine to be more readily absorbed by the follicle, and grape seed oil, another of Wink’s key ingredients, has been shown to be effective in the treatment of hair loss due to its ability to improve blood flow.
If you’re in the know, you’re already using Wink for its exceptional lifting, firming and brightening around the entire eye area. Armed with this new information about caffeine’s follicle-stimulating effects, its time to migrate a little of the silky smooth, caffeine-boosted peptide cream northwards and give your brows a wake-up call.