Beauty

  • What Your Nails Know

    If our eyes are the windows to our souls, our nails are the screen doors to our bodies. More than just cosmetic annoyances, brittle, ridged, or yellow fingernails and toenails can indicate nutrient deficiencies and health problems ranging from anemia to thyroid disease.

    Health problems? Look to your fingernails.
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Spot Treatment

    Aging provides plenty of perks—greater confidence, more wisdom, and discounted movie tickets, to name a few. But growing older also brings a few downsides: age spots, for instance, which boldly advertise your senior status.

    Lighten age spots to reveal a youthful glow.
    By Deirdre Shevlin Bell
  • The Beauty Bar: Glutathione

    By Jolene Hart Although its name may not ring a bell, glutathione could be among the most important antioxidants your body produces—and a key antiaging weapon. “Glutathione enhances the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and preserve vitamins C and E,” says David Perlmutter, MD, of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida.

    By Jolene Hart
  • Eco-Fasion for Everyone

    Whoever coined the phrase “green is the new black” several years past was amazingly clairvoyant. Today, green is so much the new black that couture’s other colors pale in comparison when not paired with sustainable textiles, nontoxic dyes, or recycled packaging.

    Sustainable style may be the hottest trend in fashion, but not all eco-apparel is cut from the same cloth. Here's what you need to know to look and shop smart.
    By Sarah Toland
  • Beauty for Two

    Pregnancy is famously a time of lifestyle choices, such as skipping mouthwatering ceviche and glasses of pinot, that will ensure a healthy mom and baby. But moms-to-be should also scrutinize their personal care products—from soaps to stretch-mark creams—for ingredients, both synthetic and natural, that can harm a developing baby inside.

    Prenatal pampering for you and baby
    By Erinn Morgan
  • What Makes Scents

    The cluster of perfume bottles fanning across my vanity table represents a whole wardrobe of moods and treasured memories. As any fragrance lover can attest, a spritz of just the right scent at just the right moment provides unparalleled pleasure—precisely why I found synthetic perfumes so tough to quit cold turkey. But I did it.

    Natural perfumes offer flawless fragrance without chemicals.
    By Jolene Hart
  • A Healthy Hue

    Forget tanning as the path to beautiful skin color: The skin hues that people find most attractive stem from healthy lifestyles, suggests new research from the United Kingdom. When asked to use computer software to adjust the color of Caucasian faces to make them appear as “healthy” as possible, study participants generally increased the pink and yellow hues.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • From Kitchen to Bath

    Next time you crave that Calgon effect, skip spendy bath products and raid your pantry and fridge for fresh, nontoxic, tub-ready goods. We consulted Lina Hanson, natural beauty expert and author of Eco-Beautiful (Rodale Books, 2008), to round up some favorite ingredients.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Coming Clean

    If you’ve used natural shampoo or organic deodorant, you know that nontoxic personal care products don’t always work like their conventional counterparts. Sure, pure shampoos lack harsh detergents that strip your hair’s natural oils, but they can leave locks limp and lifeless.

    Why natural beauty doesn't always deliver - and how to make it work for you
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Brave New Period

    Your time of the month certainly isn’t the time of your life, but tampons and pads are easy, effective, and something you hardly even think about. So what’s the problem? All those period products add up, hurting the planet—and maybe your health.

    Safe, eco feminine care - it's not so scary.
    By O'Rya Hyde-Keller