Even though we are all born with perfect eyebrows, as we age our eyebrows can become a bit unruly and in need of grooming. With that comes the options of Shaving, Waxing or Plucking (also known as tweezing).
We’ve all heard the old wives tale that shaving your eyebrows will make them come back fuller and thicker. This is actually not true. But the hair does grow back much quicker than if you wax or pluck, and the blunt edge of the hair caused by shaving does make it appear thicker. Nothing like a 5 o’clock shadow above your eyes to end the day with huh? If you opt to shave your eyebrows, take heed. The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the rest of your face and so the risk of nicking yourself is much greater. Also, it is much harder to shape your brows with a razor and so chances of them not being uniform is pretty great.
Waxing is a great alternative and typically the results last anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. But waxing can be painful, it costs money and not every cosmetologist knows how to shape the brow properly. And even if you do wax your eyebrows, there are typically a few strays here and there between treatments that need to be plucked.
Now I’ve heard different theories on what to do to alleviate the pain of plucking from applying ice cubes to numb the skin, to even using milk. I don’t know about the milk. It sounded kooky and just far fetched enough that I didn’t bother. The ice cube trick works a little bit, but you have to be careful not to leave the ice on your skin too long as this could actually freeze the skin and cause damage. And quite honestly, in my experience, it really didn’t lessen the pain that much.
But lo and behold, I have the ultimate solution. Just rub a small amount of Orajel Instant Pain Relief to the area where you will be plucking. Be sure you don’t get it in your eyes. Wait about 30 seconds to a minute for it to take full effect and then pluck away. Pain-free!
It is also helpful to use the correct tweezers when plucking your brows as well, as this will also help to lessen the pain. The best tweezers for the job have a point to the end (see image below), instead of the kind that have a blunt end. This allows you to fine tune in and grab the individual hair as close to the skin as possible. Start by gently pulling the skin taught with your free hand and then pluck in the direction of the hair growth.
Be sure to wash the Orajel off your skin when you are finished, it is a bit sticky.