My adolescence was spent mostly in the 90’s. It was a time when Drew Barrymore was posing for Calvin Klein, Gwen Stefani was singing about spider webs, and Pamela Anderson was running in slow motion down California beaches. What is the one thing these beautiful women all have in common? Yes, I’m talking about eyebrow shame. Hollywood’s thin eyebrow trend, like most trends, trickled down to tweens like me. I was only doing what tweens do best, trying to look cool. Little did I know how deeply I would come to regret the over-tweezing phase of my youth. Thanks to one natural beauty secret though, they are on their way back to being beautifully bushy.
In the last few years, there has been a lot of buzz about coconut oil and there are plenty of reasons why. It is packed with vitamin E, it is naturally antibacterial, contains lauric acid (one of those good fats), and has a plethora of uses. Many beauty experts and scientists claim it can be used from anything from shoe polish to toothpaste. There are so many uses in fact; it is hard to put each of them to the test.
I started using the coconut oil on my skin at night because I heard it was a good natural moisturizer. I suddenly began noticing that I had to tweeze my eyebrows more often. I found that odd because usually they grew so slowly, that I didn’t need to pay much attention to them. I didn’t think much of it until I saw a friend that I had not seen in years. The first thing I noticed was her fabulously full eyebrows. Oddly enough, she had been one of those tweeze-happy tweens herself so I asked her what her secret was. Of course, coconut oil.
I have since started my own routine at night and the effects have proved to be nothing short of amazing. After washing my face, I take a Q-tip (the kind with a precision tip) and dip into the coconut oil. I then simply apply the coconut oil onto areas of my eyebrows that look sparse and then hit the sheets. I have been doing this for about a week and my eyebrows are truly becoming thicker, hairs are even starting to grow in parts of my brows that I thought would never grow back. It helps if you heat the jar of coconut oil in warm water to melt it, that way it will be easier to apply. Do not heat the water on the stove though. If coconut oil is heated too high it can lose some of its beneficial nutrients.
There are many products on the market out there for brow and eyelash re-growth that are full of harmful chemicals. The FDA has even outlawed some of them due to side effects including possible blindness. I know the time-old saying pain is beauty still rings true but I’m pretty sure our foremothers weren’t talking about risking your eyesight for the sake of beauty. I tried a few of those products myself and honestly, the results I am getting from coconut oil are far superior to the chemical alternatives. The best part? Coconut oil is all natural. Side effects include: nothing.
When purchasing coconut oil, opt for virgin, organic, cold-pressed oil in a glass jar. Opting for glass is always better for the environment, and you don’t risk those chemicals from plastic sneaking their way into the oil.
More reviews to come about how coconut oil can serve as your go-to beauty product!
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