Perfectly defined eyebrows are one of the hottest beauty trends nowadays. As such, there are many methods beauty salons are offering to remove unwanted eyebrow hair, redefine eyebrow shape, and create impressive, eye-raising styles.
One method that's been getting a lot of attention lately is eyebrow threading. However, this method is nothing new, as women in Asia and the Middle East have been using it for centuries to remove unwanted brow hair. This alternative to tweezing and waxing, which uses cotton thread to remove hair at the follicles, is the best method for people with sensitive skin.
If you're thinking of having your brows threaded, or you've already made an appointment for your first time, there are some things you can do to prepare for your appointment that will help protect your skin and make the procedure smoother. Here are some tips on preparing your skin for brow threading.
Skip the Exfoliation and Makeup
On the day of your appointment, avoid using any exfoliating products on your facial skin. Freshly exfoliated skin is more sensitive, and threading hair from sensitive skin produces excess redness that can take time to fade.
You should also refrain from wearing any facial makeup. Before your appointment, use a gentle cleanser to remove any makeup from your face, especially the skin around your eyes and brows. A thorough cleansing will help make the threading process easier and more precise.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Hydration is great for your skin, and it’s especially beneficial for facial hair threading procedure. When you are well hydrated, your skin is less sensitive to the type of pulling and pressure involved in the threading procedure. Be sure to drink plenty of water on the day of your appointment.
Apply Talcum Powder
Though it may not be a regular part of your beauty routine, some judicious use of talcum powder on the day of your appointment can help to improve things. Baby powder or talcum powder is soothing for your skin, and it also helps to absorb any excess oils that can cause thread slipping during your brow procedure. The morning of your appointment, apply a light layer of talcum powder on and around each eyebrow after makeup removal.
Numb Your Brows
Finally, just before your appointment, it may be a good idea to wash your face with ice cold water, and then massage your brows with an ice cube to numb the area. Some people with sensitive skin have reported pain or discomfort during a brow threading procedure, so slightly numbing the area with cold may help to reduce this discomfort.