• Beauty and The Bath

    Europeans have long known the true origin of the word spa: sanitas per agua or “health through water.” Before facials and massages became synonymous with spas, bathing was the premier avenue to personal wellness and whole-body detoxification. The citizens of ancient Rome considered a daily bath their civic duty to maintain public health.

    Give your skin a home spa pick-me-up.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Acne and Wheat

    While no studies have specifically linked gluten-sensitivity (an adverse immune response to wheat, barley, rye, and some oats) with acne, many doctors say the connection is a no-brainer: Wheat can trigger an inflammation response in the body.

    Forget chocolate—I’ve heard that wheat can be an acne culprit. Is this true?
  • The Beauty Bar: Essential Fatty Acids

    You already know they’re important for good health, but what do essential fatty acids have to do with radiant skin? These polyunsaturated fats (which include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) are essential for staving off inflammation, dryness, and acne, says Valori Treloar, a dermatologist and coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet (Cumberland House Publishing, 2007).

    By Josie Garthwaite
  • Best Tressed

    Born with naturally curly (read unruly) hair, I’ve dedicated many dollars and hours to Operation Frizz Control, a strategy that has at times involved chemical relaxers, buzz cuts, greasy pomades, Technicolor gels, and even one tragically misguided perm (my stylist and I fi gured two negatives might make a positive—wishful thinking).

    Detox Your styling routine to reveal your healthiest hair.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Stream Clean

    Want to give your complexion a quick refresher? Try a homemade herbal facial using steam, says Stephanie Tourles, licensed holistic aesthetician and author of Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey Publishing, 2007). “Exposing your face to steam encourages pores to open, which helps release toxins, minimizes wrinkles, and sends moisture to deep skin layers,” she says.

    By Elizabeth Gregg
  • 1st Annual Beauty With a Conscience Awards

    In our hunt to find the healthiest skincare products available, we slathered on hundreds of serums, scrubs, and shampoos. Here are the ones we can't live without the winners of Natural Solutions' first-ever Beauty With a Conscience Awards.

  • Pretty in Pink?

    Lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, perfume—Jessica Assaf applied them all, and more, before she hit 12. And by her mid teens, she estimates she was using 15 to 20 beauty products a day. Like many girls, Assaf was indoctrinated into the beauty culture at a young age, with makeover-themed birthday parties as early as kindergarten and trips to the nail salon starting in grade school.

    Companies now market makeup to girls as young as 3—and the health implications are huge.
    By Stacy Malkan
  • The Beauty Bar: Biotin for Brittle Nails

    If you have brittle nails that often split and peel, a daily dose of biotin could help. This little-known B vitamin contributes to the formation of keratin—an extremely strong protein that is a major component of nails.

    By Kim Erickson
  • How Are Your Lips Sealed?

    Your favorite gloss may be the ultimate summer must-have, but research shows that shimmery lip balms and glosses can actually boost the risk of lip cancer by allowing ultraviolet rays to penetrate more deeply.

    By Lisa Marshall
  • A Salad Fit For Your Skin

    Toss avocado, lettuce, and tomato with a splash of olive oil, and you have a healthy salad. Bottle them up with staples like aloe vera and sweet almond oil, and you have a recipe for serious beauty boosting.

    The nutrients that feed your body can also nourish your complexion.
    By Josie Garthwaite