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PSA: Stop Making This Common Mistake — It's Causing Your Brows To Droop

Hannah Frye
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February 06, 2023
Hannah Frye
Assistant Beauty & Health Editor
By Hannah Frye
Assistant Beauty & Health Editor
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including health, wellness, sustainability, personal development, and more.
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February 06, 2023
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Whether you're into them or not, brow trends do exist. However, they may not always be beneficial for your brow health—like the quiet resurgence of the thin, '90s-inspired brow. To help you avoid brow regret, might we suggest enhancing your own natural brow?

While some brow gels aren't terrible for your brow hair, others can be quite damaging. Instead of calling upon glue-like products, you may want to question why your brows need so much gel in the first place—for example, are you making this a common habit?

Why you shouldn't apply skin care to your brows.

I recently sat down with renowned brow expert Sania Vucetaj to chat about all things brow care, and one specific tip she gave worked immediately: Stop applying skin care on your brows. While I've never been one to slather my night cream on my eyebrows directly, I've been the opposite of mindful until now. 

Her reasoning? All of the thick creams and oils you use on the skin can easily weigh down the delicate hairs that make up you brows. It's not that the oils and butters themselves harm those hairs, but imagine applying your serums and night creams to the hair on your head—it wouldn't exactly look voluminous afterward, would it? Chances are you'd need more stylers to amp up your 'do; in the case of brow care, that means slicking up the limp hairs with a sticky (often not-too-hydrating) gel.

So I put this theory to the test. I did my best to avoid the brows when using my skin care products and gently dabbed a wet rag on them afterward to make sure they were as clean as can be. 

Once I started doing this trick, I noticed I didn't even need brow gel to keep those hairs standing up straight—aka, one less step in my daily makeup routine. What's more, my brows felt soft and touchable rather than crunchy and stiff. 

Vucetaj even says my chances of growing back sparse patches have become even better, thanks to this simple switch. So the next time you head to the bathroom for your daily skin care routine, remember to be strategic with where you place it and always skip the brows—aside from a proper brow growth serum, of course.

The takeaway. 

Fluffy, brushed-up brows will never go out of style (IMO). One way to help them stand up straight without loads of tacky gel is to be more mindful of where you apply your skin care products, and always skip the brows when you're slathering on. Now, if your brows are getting a bit too long, that may also cause those hairs to droop—give them a quick trim with this guide as a starting point

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