Beauty

  • 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
  • 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
  • Recycle Your Style

    Whatever your style, you can find artfully created totes, handbags, and clutches made from materials others once considered trash.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Sag Thruth

    If you’ve heard the old wives’ tale about breast-feeding and sagging, consider it, um, busted. A recent study from the University of Kentucky failed to establish a link between nursing and breast ptosis (med-speak for “sag”). According to lead author Brian D. Rinker, MD, the real culprits include smoking, weight fluctuation (like pregnancy), heredity, and simple aging.

    Bu Josie Garthwaite
  • Alternatives for Unwanted Hair

    Tired of tweezers and razors, and the red, irritated skin they can leave behind? Consider these skin-saving swaps:

    Threading
    An aesthetician wraps a strong thread around each hair and lifts it from the root. Too time-consuming for a full-body treatment, this technique is best for face and neck defuzzing.

    Sugaring

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Beauty Bar: A New Strategy for Supple Skin

    Fighting the good fight against wrinkles can raise some questions, like whether it’s better to take supplements or to fortify the skin with lotions and potions.

    By Einav Keet
  • The Dirt on Scrubs

    Exfoliating layers of dead skin goes beyond hygiene—it feels like you’re brushing off past sins to reveal a new you, and a fresh beginning. Unfortunately, your personal sense of purification could be taking a toll on the environment.

    Choose the cleanest and greenest exfoliants for your face.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • World Beauty

    From volcanic glacial clay in Iceland to rainforest super berries in Brazil, “backyard” elixirs offer the secret to true beauty for women in all corners of the world. How society defines “beauty” changes across cultures, of course, but tending to one’s appearance has always been a special preoccupation for women.

    Time-tested skin secrets from Fiji to France
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Just Say No To Nanos

    In deciding to withhold its organic certification from any product that uses “man-made nanomaterials,” England’s Soil Association became the first organization in the world to take action against what it terms “this hazardous, potentially toxic technology that poses a serious new threat to human health.”

    By James Keough
  • Lethal Lashes

    Putting on your face can be dangerous—and not just if you’re driving. Mercury, also known as thimerosal, has lately held the spotlight as one of cosmetics’ problem children because of its association with neurological damage.

    By Elizabeth Marglin