Beauty

  • Kiss of Lead

    You’ve likely heard lipstick can contain lead, a neurotoxin linked to learning problems, miscarriages, and kidney damage, among other health issues. Now a recent FDA study of 20 lipsticks (brands not released) detected lead levels up to four times higher than those found by a 2007 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) review of 33 tubes.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Beauty for Tween Scene

    Many young girls today are swaddled in organic cotton, fed organic fruits and veggies, and bathed with pure products practically since birth. Even so, daughters of natural-minded parents soon skip home from playdates wearing drugstore nail polish and pleading for beauty products of their own.

    Preteen years are tough. Luckily, going natural is easy.
    By Jolene Hart
  • Sleeping Beauty

    Before you tumble into bed at night too exhausted to wash your face, rub those tired feet, or give your locks some love, consider this: A small investment in your nighttime beauty regimen means a big payoff in the way you look and feel in the morning.

    With a little primping before bed, you'll wake up glowing.
    By Rona Berg
  • Calm Mind, Clear Skin

    At age 16, Dawn Montefusco developed a serious case of psoriasis that covered 85 percent of her body in itchy, red scales. Her doctor dashed her hopes of an easy cure, telling her she’d most likely have the autoimmune disease the rest of her life. “I was a sophomore in high school, so this was devastating,” recalls Montefusco, now 40.

    Don't let stress sabotage your complexion.
    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Faux Naturale?

    The green revolution has hit the beauty aisle: Sales of natural and organic skincare topped $600 million in 2008, according to market research firm Mintel. Now many mainstream cosmetic companies want a piece of the green pie—and several have begun to dig in.

    As Big Beauty goes green, here’s how to tell who’s really cleaning up their act.
    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Stop Spider Veins in Their Tracks

    Feeling psyched that summer’s over so you can hide your spider-veined legs again? You’re not alone: More than 50 percent of American women suffer from some form of vein problem, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. These unsightly—but harmless—blemishes appear when the veins in our legs weaken, causing blood to disburse and veins to swell.

  • The Beauty Bar: Yland-Ylang Oil

    Has the changing season made your scalp and hair dry and flaky? Ylang-ylang oil, distilled from the flower of the cananga tree, can give your locks luster. What’s more, the balancing oil also relaxes you, thanks to its linalool content, a sweet aromatic proven to reduce anxiety.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • Faux Naturale?

    The green revolution has hit the beauty aisle: Sales of natural and organic skincare topped $600 million in 2008, according to market research firm Mintel. Now many mainstream cosmetic companies want a piece of the green pie—and several have begun to dig in.

    As Big Beauty goes green, here’s how to tell who’s really cleaning up their act.
    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Beauty From Within

    Mom was right: When it comes to beauty, what’s on the inside is just as important as what’s on the outside. New research shows that certain foods and beverages can literally improve your skin from within. Here’s how you can slather, supplement, and snack your way to glowing, youthful skin with the help of four hot, new beauty ingredients.

    Four superfoods that feed your skin
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Get Glowing!

    Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but gold, silver, and other gems are her skin’s new go-to pal. Once reserved only for jewelry, precious metals and stones now appear in skin- and haircare products such as garnet exfoliants, 24-karat gold facials, and amethyst-infused scalp oils. These add a touch of luxury to your usual beauty routine and may even help delay signs

    Precious metals and stones put sparkle in your skin.
    By Lindsey Galloway