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Men’s Grooming – Do I Need To Trim My Eyebrows?

OK, since you asked… Yes, you should trim your eyebrows. Hear us out, though.

While you are certainly entitled to look how you want, but untamed eyebrows are something that people will remember about you, be it a first impression or lasting reputation. And, even though we aren’t your boss, we think your actual boss might like it if you kept those strays in check. Or, if you’re a self-employed millennial entrepreneur and really don’t have a boss, consider your eyebrows the last detail in your already intensive grooming regimen.

Hopefully this isn’t wildly shocking news.

Before we tell you how to get things under control, there’s an important distinction to make between “untamed” brows and “bushy” brows. Untamed brows might stray half an inch up the forehead, or threaten to form a unibrow. These you should trim. Bushy brows, on the other hand, are to be celebrated for their enormity and splendor… so long as they’re kept in check. We aren’t telling you to take them down a size, because they look damn good on you. But you, more than anyone else, might benefit from the occasional eyebrow trim.

Trimming vs. Plucking

Plucking eyebrows decreases their odds of regrowth, so says dermatologist Dr. Lindsey Bordone of Columbia University Medical Center in NYC). She advises plucking only the hairs you may never want back. (That is, only the strays inside the unibrow, or the ones that parade outside of your natural arch.)

However, sometimes the unkempt-ness comes some of the hairs that sprout from with the fuller brow; they can grow outside of the arch and start looking like tiny furry tumbleweeds. Don’t punish these ones by plucking them; they’re doing their job of filling in your brow. You’ll just need to trim them instead. (Think of it like detention, instead of expulsion.)

Why Trimming Is Quick and Infrequent

It’s rare that you’ll ever need to trim more than a few hairs at once. This is because eyebrow hairs have shorter growth phases than the hairs on your scalp or in your beard. Eyebrows are more like the rest of your body hair—sure, they can get wild and might need minor trimming, but they’ll stop growing after a certain length and soon fall out naturally. (Then they regrow.) This growth phase lasts four to six weeks, says Bordone. She notes that scalp hairs, in contrast, have a growth phase that can last years.

On average, eyebrows grow roughly one millimeter every six days. For a six-week phase, an eyebrow hair reaches nearly three quarters of a centimeter, before it’s done growing. It won’t fall out immediately, but when it does, it regrows much faster than other hairs. Exceptions do exist to this growth phase, which is why you notice the occasional outlier that needs a trim.

How to Trim Your Eyebrows

As for trimming those longer-than-usual hairs, take a mustache scissors and fine-tooth comb and comb the eyebrow straight up. Do this a few times to locate the offensive hairs, and then carefully snip them along the brow, so that the hair no longer falls out of its natural order. Comb the brow back into place, and you’re all set. Seriously, that’s it.

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, lacks water, not oil. You can have an oily complexion but still have dehydrated skin.

Dehydration is caused by many factors, but the most common are excessive caffeine consumption and/or sun exposure, dry weather as well as central heating and low humidity, diet, aging, and hot showers or baths all of which sap water content within the skin.

Another key factor is your skincare products. If you’re using products that are too harsh, too light, or you’re using them infrequently, your skincare could be contributing to your dehydrated skin concerns.

Look for moisturizers with ingredients that prevent water loss. Hyaluronic acid is the gold standard as it is a sponge-like molecule that naturally attracts water. It then binds it to the collagen in your skin, giving your face back its dewiness.

You’ll find hyaluronic acid in all these products:

What’s the Difference?

So now that we have a basic understanding of the functions of both hydrating and moisturizing the skin, we’ll answer how, when, and how often.

Since the purpose of hydrating is to bind water to our skin and moisturizing is to prevent the water from leaving our skin, it’s important that hydration comes before moisturizing (when applying products topically).

Finding a Balance

This is why serums are to be applied first, as most hydrating treatment serums contain a humectant. Once you get that layer of hydration on, you want to seal it all in with a lipid (facial oil). This combination creates a healthy balance.

For those with particularly oily skin, you may or may not prefer to moisturize as often. For you, applying just a hydrating product might sometimes be enough. Your skin naturally produces enough (in some cases, more than enough) oil to keep water from leaving the skin. (If you do find that your skin could use a little extra moisture, try something light like Environ Vita-Antioxidant AVST Gel. The sunflower seed oil base is non pore-clogging.)

Step 3: Maintenance – What Else Can You Do?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle alongside your skincare routine will help support plump, radiant skin and prevent issues like dehydration. This includes a good diet, drinking lots of clean water, and other healthy lifestyle habits all of which help to bring out the best in your skin.

But it doesn’t stop there. Good skin health includes a custom skin care regime and regular facials that include exfoliation and skin care products that infuse skin with the nutrients it needs. Monthly facials help to cleanse, exfoliate and nourish skin thereby promoting a clearer, well-hydrated, radiant complexion. Our selection of clinical grade facial treatments combined with our medical-grade skin care products affect the skin at a biological level helping to achieve cell optimization, transforming it on a cellular level. These treatments are further enhanced through the addition of red and near infrared light therapy, administered via the world renown Opera LED Light Therapy Mask, and/or Joovv Light Therapy Panels for full body light therapy. Together these treatments serve to naturally and instantly lift cheekbones and brows, de-puff and brighten the face, intensely hydrate, tighten and firm the skin, balance sebum production and refine pore size, while softening fine lines and wrinkles without the need of botox or fillers.

Those facials designed to intensely hydrate the skin include the HydroFacial, and the Stimulight Renewing + Rehydrating Facial.

The Golden Rule for Both

Whether you have dry or dehydrated skin, the biggest mistake people make is incorrectly layering their skincare.

Always remember to layer your products in order. Start with the lightest products first, such as serums, and work your way to the heaviest in texture. These are your creams, oils and sunscreens.

Why is this important? Products designed for traveling into the deeper layers of skin, like serums, are made up of tiny molecules. Moisturizer, on the other hand, has larger molecules as it sits on the uppermost layers.

Top 5 lifestyle recommendations for dehydrated skin:
1. Use sun protection
2. Limit alcohol and caffeine and avoid smoking
3. Eat a low sugar, low inflammatory diet full of nutrient dense food and high in omega-3 essential fatty acids
4. Drink lots of CLEAN, FILTERED water
5. Consider a home humidifer

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