Are your eyebrows sparse and you desire a full and dense brow arch? Solutions exist to boost the hair growth process and accelerate regrowth. Known for its nourishing, regenerating and antioxidant properties, shea butter is believed to be beneficial in stimulating eyebrow growth: but is this really the case?
Shea butter, the trick to growing eyebrows?
- What are the needs of an eyebrow?
- Shea butter for eyebrow care?
- The eyelash & eyebrow serum to stimulate the growth of your eyebrows
What are the needs of an eyebrow?
Eyebrows serve the purpose of protecting our eyes from dust, sweat, or even rain. It's worth noting that, unlike eyelashes, our eyebrows can have up to 1,000 hairs. They have a life cycle of about 4 months, consisting of three phases: growth, stagnation (catagen phase), and shedding (telogen phase). The growth phase varies from 1 to 2 months: therefore, it is necessary to exercise patience to see the initial results of eyebrow growth.
For an eyebrow to grow properly, it is essential to have a healthy hair follicle. This requires adequate hydration, nutrition, and blood circulation. It is also important to protect your eyebrows from free radicals that can accelerate hair loss.
Shea butter for eyebrow care?
Although shea butter is known for its skin benefits, there are no studies that certify it stimulates eyebrow growth. However, it does hydrate, nourish the epidermis and protect against oxidative stress at the hair follicle level, which prevents their fall. To enjoy its benefits, massage a small amount of pure, unrefined shea butter between your hands and apply it across your eyebrows. Leave it on overnight and remove any excess the following morning if necessary.
The shea butter also possesses other beneficial properties for the skin, divided into two distinct parts: a saponifiable fraction and an unsaponifiable fraction.
The saponifiable fraction essentially represents the composition of shea butter. It primarily contains fatty acids. Stearic acid is recognised for its emollient, nourishing and protective properties. Oleic acid is a lipid that stimulates sebum production by the sebaceous glands and helps combat skin dryness. Thus, the saponifiable fraction acts as a "re-greasing" agent, helping to nourish the epidermis and maintain hydration, which is essential for a healthy hair follicle.
The term 'unsaponifiables' refers to the bioactive agents that are the source of the beneficial properties of shea butter. These notably include antioxidants that absorb UV rays such as cinnamic acids and karitene. Vitamin A is essential for the proper development and maintenance of the hair follicle. It helps to protect the hair by stimulating the sebaceous glands and the production of sebum. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that neutralises free radicals caused by oxidative stress. It stimulates oxygenation and blood circulation at the level of the hair follicles and it helps to combat the premature loss of hair.
The eyelash & eyebrow serum to stimulate the growth of your eyebrows.
To stimulate the growth of your eyebrows, it is possible to use specially designed serums such as our eyelash & eyebrow serum. The pea peptides (INCI: Pisum Sativum (Pea) Peptide) it contains stimulate, strengthen and densify the eyebrow cells. It also contains castor oil (INCI: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil) , which is renowned for promoting the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows. This serum should be applied in the evening on a cleansed skin and is suitable for all skin types.
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