The eyes are known as the windows to the soul. The eyebrows are their protectors against debris and sweat as well as being the focal point of facial expression and personality. However, for most women the hair follicle of these frames, through over plucking, waxing, aging, and even medication begins to disappear from youthful site.
Ellie Malmin, Executive Director of the Lashologist Council of America (LCA), a non-profit organization committed to a prosperous future for America through the efficient and professional support of the lashologist industry which includes eyelashes and eyebrows says “that eyebrow cleansing is just as vital as shampooing your hair for they too can accumulate particles of trapped oil and dandruff.” Her at-home recommendations for both include: two drops of baby shampoo mixed with a half a package of sugar substitute, and a half ounce of water applied to brows, in gentle horizontal, sweeping motion using a cotton swab for oily brows then rinsed well; and substituting dandruff shampoo to treat the flakes of the latter at least a minimum of two times per week. The hair on one’s brows, just like that of the head, should be brushed daily using a dry eyebrow or toothbrush in the direction of hair growth up and out towards the side of the face for thirty seconds to stimulate the follicle.
It has so too been known that women to compensate for eyebrow loss have shaved, like the current male bald chic, penciled, powdered, tattooed and even stuck on their brows. Imagine the potential for embarrassment while leaning in to receive a good night kiss from the man of one’s dreams to find the sea of love parted by a unibrow.
For over twenty years, world- renowned plastic surgeon, hair restoration and transplant specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein M.D., FACS, and directing founder of the Foundation for Hair Restoration and Plastic Surgery headquartered on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with offices in Miami, and Europe, has been creating expertly sculpted eyebrows, that are one of the best kept celebrity secrets, with his three to four hour outpatient follicular unit grafting (using on average between 200-250 individual hair grafts) brow transplant that heals within a week. It is the combination of his in-depth surgical skills, and artistic precision, resembling that of a Michelangelo, which command fees between five and six thousand dollars for this advanced technique procedure that provides results of symmetrical, youthful facial and brow beauty for a lifetime.
There are women whose brows have not completely thinned or are still saving to put their money where their brows aren’t, as it is not considered a necessary medical procedure claimable by insurance, sifting amidst a new category of products in the marketplace, some even celebrity endorsed, that enhance the growth of one’s brows and lashes. MyChelle Dermaceuticals the frontrunner in bioactive beauty, founded in 2000 on strict standards of providing nontoxic, natural and effective skin care whose formulas boast innovative plant and marine ingredients offers up one of the very best on many levels. First, its Ultimate Lash and Brow Serum, empowers the saying that good, better yet, great things come in small packages, as MyChelle Dermaceuticals was recently bestowed the honor of winning a Responsible Packaging Award from the Responsible Packaging Project from the natural products industry.
Second, Mychelle’s commitment to purity is further exhibited as its proprietary Apple Fruit Stem Cells, more bioactively known as Myracle Peptide Complex- is the first topical skin product to stimulate keratin production that forms the eyebrow, protect skin stem cells, diminish graying, increase circulation and nutrients to the follicle, and delay the course of natural aging as it is synergistically blended with cactus flower for hydration, and other phytonutrients applying clean room technology. The cost per value use of the Ultimate Lash and Brow Serum, housed in its .16 ounce mascara-like tube with microscopic brush applicator, for under $60, applied nightly alone or in conjunction with Malmin’s at-home cleansing treatment to the brow (as well as eyelash) base without a prescription, irritation or unwanted side-effects, is fractional in relation to a transplant and will begin to deliver a significantly thicker brow. Third, through its 21st century Mychelle Pocket Esthetician iPhone application, downloadable for free from iTunes®, Mychelle allows those with an iPhone4®, iChat®, or Skype to schedule an appointment anywhere throughout the world, for a 30-minute consultation with one of its licensed estheticians to address questions and customize treatment regimens that are immediately available for purchase all in the comfort of one’s own environment and schedule, be it in the boardroom or on the beach.
And as a final touch to keep up the appearances of great brow maintenance there is Brow Tech To Go from Smashbox Cosmetics, who is committed to no animal testing or use of parabens in its products. This dual sided component swizzles out a deeply pigmented, waterproof pencil on one end, available in taupe or brunette, that takes on the form of an angled brush for shape and definition while its opposite side dispenses a brush on gel to set and further embellish, the most microscopic of hairs; making one ready for a natural beauty brow close up.