Beauty

  • Earring Alert

    Your hoops, studs, or dangling earrings may be the perfect fashion accessories—until they make your earlobes all dry and flaky. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology warns that earrings containing nickel can cause earlobe dermatitis—AKA eczema. The authors tested 277 pairs of earrings and found that 30 percent of them contained nickel.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • The Beauty Bar: Probiotics in Skincare

    You may already know that taking probiotics helps maintain a healthy intestinal tract and fight myriad diseases (see “Fermented Food Fest,” online). But new research shows probiotics can clear up your complexion, too.

  • Toothpaste Turmoil

    Find yourself standing perplexed in the middle of the toothpaste aisle, trying to find brands that don’t contain harmful chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)? Jot down the following guidelines before you return to the store.

    Got sensitive teeth?

    By Nora Simmons
  • Toothpaste Turmoil

    Find yourself standing perplexed in the middle of the toothpaste aisle, trying to find brands that don’t contain harmful chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)? Jot down the following guidelines before you return to the store.

    Got sensitive teeth?

    By Nora Simmons
  • I Tried It: Acupunture Face-Lift

    My face looks a bit like a newspaper that’s been folded too many times—quite different than its unlined appearance of years past. So I decided to try facial acupuncture, a technique that addresses all-over health issues to help counteract fine lines, sagging, and puffiness.

    By Barbara Hey
  • Ragweed Relief

    August marks the unofficial start of ragweed season. If you’re one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from this evil cousin of the sunflower, steer clear of bananas, cucumbers, melons, and zucchinis, says Clifford W. Bassett, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine and otolaryngology at Long Island College Hospital in New York.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Lightening Creams Strike Twice

    Women who decide to use bleaching agents (often hydroquinone) on their skin—to counter age spots, freckles, or a dark complexion—might want to pause before they lighten up. Last year, the FDA declared that products containing hydroquinone are potentially carcinogenic and proposed a ban on selling them without a prescription.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Sweat the Small Stuff

    Of all our daily grooming habits, swiping a deodorant stick or squirting antiperspirant under our arms may be the one we dare not neglect. Hot yoga classes and subway etiquette practically demand it. But when it comes to choosing a BO buster, we should care just as much about how it affects us as it does others—and that means avoiding the harmful ingredients many deodorants contain.

    Why most deodorants stink—and six alternatives that work.
  • The Beauty Bar: Vitamin A's Sun-Saving Power

    New research shows it might be time to toss a bottle of vitamin A into your beach bag along with the sunscreen. In a recent study, patients taking 50,000 IU of vitamin A a day for a year saw an 80 percent improvement in previously sun-damaged skin. Some scientists believe this occurred because UVA and UVB light attacks the vitamin A naturally present on the skin’s surface.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Alternative Scar Treatments

    Want to Prevent a Scar? Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties actually lift dirt from the bed of the wound and help battle infection—a key to preventing a scar from forming in the first place. Manuka’s particularly high vitamin C content also leads to a faster rate of tissue regeneration and inflammation suppression.

    Heal scars naturally with these tips from Seattle-based naturopath Tamara Cullen, ND
    By Nicole Duncan