Beauty

  • The Beauty of Wine

    You cheered when news broke that a glass of red wine a day is actually good for your heart. Turns out it’s not just imbibing the stuff (in moderation, of course) that may have health benefits.

    Reasons to toast vino's rejuvenating powers.
    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Beyond Botox

    Neurotoxin injections, laser resurfacing, chemical peels: They sound like punishments a comic book villain would inflict upon his victims. But despite the ominous-sounding names, more and more American women are embracing these cosmetic procedures in hopes of keeping their youthful appearance and moving closer to the homogenous ideal of beauty.

    Age-defying alternatives offer safer (and effective!) results.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Did You Know? Skin pH

    Your skin’s natural pH level hovers around a slightly acidic 4.7, but most skincare products have a pH of 6 or higher. This means your skin actually has to work harder to bring pH levels back to normal after you cleanse and moisturize, says cosmetic science consultant Johann Wiechers, PhD. The result? Dry, scaly skin.

    By Rosemarie Colombraro
  • Staying Sharp

    Unless you’re the rare man who fancies a full beard, the morning shave is one personal care routine you can’t escape. And whether you see it as a monotonous chore or an onerous task rife with nicks, cuts, and razor burn, you probably don’t think of shaving as a meditative ritual. But maybe it’s high time for an about-face.

    Forgo foam and try these safer shaving solutions.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Spa Savvy

    If you have already cut back on lattes, shopped your closet, and started that home yoga practice, all in an effort to trim your budget, monthly spa treatments will hardly enjoy top billing on your necessary-expenses list. Still, if you can possibly swing it, a well-chosen spa treatment can provide irreplaceable benefits to your body and your mind.

    Make the most of your next visit by choosing the right facial for your age.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Scents and Sensibility

    Old habits die hard, and getting the women you love to trade their favorite (chemical-laden) fragrances for more natural ones can erode into a fierce patchouli-bashing battle, despite the many exquisite aromas available these days. Luckily we have just the plan: custom-made beauty indulgences.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Beauty Bar: Green Tea for Good Skin

    This antiaging champ helps fight free radicals by infusing cells with powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Beauty Pantry

    It’s getting easier every day to find clean and green skin- and haircare products as more and more brands introduce sophisticated formulations that feature the best of nature’s bounty with minimal chemical residue. You can now go organic with virtually anything you choose to spray on, rub in, or lather up with.

    Look no further than your kitchen for indulgent (and budget-friendly) skin savers.
    By Hillari Dowdle
  • Gluten-Free Glamour

    Kristen Campbell was sensitive to most eye makeup. Nevertheless, she persisted valiantly in her quest for smoky eyes, but even 100 percent hypoallergenic mascaras and liners would leave her eyes puffy. Each time she had a bad reaction, the 29-year-old switched brands, but nonirritating makeup eluded her.

    Weed wheat out of your beauty routine for better skin.
    By Allison Young
  • Hairspray Horrors

    Fight the urge to spray away your bad hair days. A recent study shows that boys born to women who frequently used hairspray have double the risk of birth defects caused by chemicals called phthalates.