Beauty

  • Bright Eyes

    Broken capillaries leak small amounts of blood that pool under your eyes almost like little bruises, says Paul Frank, a New York City–based dermatologist. The inflammation from these tiny bruises also explains the I-stayed-up-all-night puffiness. Besides catching up on your z’s, these four tricks can help you get rid of those raccoon eyes:

    Ever wonder where those dark circles under your eyes come from?
    By Celia Shatzman
  • Emu Oil

    Treating any skin condition—psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, burns, wounds, or scars—just got easier with the beauty world’s latest darling, emu oil. Rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, the oil from this Australian bird offers an anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerating solution. What makes emu oil so potent?

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Fight the Frizz

    March’s cold wind and static-inducing wool caps make hat-hair a frizzy reality. But Sheila Cluff, owner of The Oaks Spa in Ojai, California, says not to despair—just apply a reparative hair mask, followed by a moisturizing scalp treatment. Here’s how to make your own at-home treatments for frizz-free tresses:

    By Bonnie Siegler
  • Glow Local

    You try to buy food from your local farmers’ market and support local businesses as much as you can, so why not do the same with your beauty products? All you need to do is follow the lead of spas across the country.

    What beauty secrets might be hiding in your backyard?
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Raising the Bar

    That bar of soap in your bathroom may seem like the safest part of your beauty regimen, but unfortunately, there may be more to this shower standby than meets the eye.

    Soaps come clean, revealing a lather of luscious ingredient
    By Nora Simmons
  • Ayurvedic Secrets to Modern Beauty

    Have you ever noticed that people differ not only in how fast they age, but also in the way that they age? Some fight (and lose) the battle of the bulge, while the fashionably thin decry the wrinkles that deeply line their faces. Others bemoan the age spots, dark circles, and sags and bags that follow them into their 40s, 50s, and beyond.

    Tap into ancient wisdom to battle aging better
    By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD
  • Toxin Alert: Moisturizers: More Harm Than Good?

    Winter weather can take a toll on your skin, especially if you spend time outdoors where wind and sun exposure can dry out your face. But a new study advises you to scrutinize before you moisturize, because what you put on your skin could make the damaging effects of sunlight worse.

    By Rosemarie Colombraro
  • Global (Skin) Warming

    Turn up the heat on your beauty routine this winter with the latest trend in skincare: warming products. Because heat increases circulation, a product that warms your body will relax your muscles and help beneficial ingredients penetrate the skin. A few that get us fired up:

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Retool Your Beauty Routine

    If you think your beauty cabinet passes muster just because you’ve banished parabens, think again. “A health-minded consumer’s responsibility does not end with the purchase of healthy and eco-friendly bodycare products,” says Julie Ebner, founder of Philadelphia’s Juju Spa and Organics.

    By Einav Keet
  • Mineral Magic

    Looking for makeup to help your skin, not just mask its problems? With a minimum of ingredients and no irritating fillers, natural makeup made from minerals and fruit pigments gives a safe and healthy glow to any complexion. The idea has quickly become a mainstream sensation, with brands from Cover Girl to Clinique creating “mineral-based” makeup lines.

    Choose the healthiest makeup to bring out your natural beauty.
    By Lindsey Galloway