Beauty

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bath-Time Wine

    Instead of throwing away wine that’s past its prime, add it to your bath, says Vanessa Henderson, spa director of Glad Springs Spa in Cle Elum, Washington. Wine is a natural skin softener that is rich in polyphenols, which help combat free radicals and slow down the aging process. Don’t look good in red? Fear not—cabs or merlots won’t dye your skin or stain your tub.

  • The Beauty Bar: Neem

    Called the “wonder tree” of India, neem is known for its medicinal properties. When added to beauty products, it helps fight acne by deterring bacterial growth on the skin, explains ayurvedic physician Nancy Lonsdorf, MD. Its anti-inflammatory properties also soothe irritation and redness, and its high vitamin E content restores moisture and elasticity to the skin.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Eat To Beat Tooth Decay

    Wish you could avoid another jaw-dropping bill from the dentist? You can simply by tweaking your diet. Rami Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities With Nutrition (Golden Child Publishing, 2008) recommends the following diet tips to prevent cavities:

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Poison-Free Perfumes

    Consumers scrutinize labels as carefully as they examine their discretionary income statements these days, and it’s paying off—beauty companies have begun to reduce their toxic load because of customer demands. The negative press surrounding phthalates has forced mainstream perfume makers to begin removing these damaging chemicals from their fragrances.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Readers' Choice Awards

    The first-ever Natural Solutions’ Beauty With a Conscience awards last October had everyone buzzing with excitement.

    From old faves to new finds, you told us what rocks your natural beauty world.
    By Elizabeth Marglin