Beauty

  • 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
  • Mind Your Manicures

    Natural nails have never been more in style. Many spas and salons across the country have scratched those artificial acrylic tips from their repertoire, and most dermatologists advise against cutting back cuticles or applying toxic polishes.

    Nail down the healthiest choices for your hands.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Secrets to Goregous Skin

    The skin never lies. Unlike other organs of the body, hidden and shrouded in mystery, the skin is an extrovert, blithely revealing your inner life without so much as a disclaimer. And the confidences it gives away? Sloppy skincare, secret vices, and sleepless nights.

    Do-it-yourself cure for problem spots.
    By Rona Berg
  • The Beauty Bar: Vitamin E's Antiaging Perk

    This free-radical fighter neutralizes the effects of pollution and protects lipid layers so your skin retains moisture and plumpness—keeping wrinkles away. It’s also been shown to decrease the risk of heart attack.

  • Look Out for Your Eyes

    Whether you currently have 20/20 sight or can’t see the big E on an eye chart, here’s how to keep your eyes as strong and sharp as possible.

    Whether you currently have 20/20 sight or can't see the big E on an eye chart, here's how to leep your eyes as strong and sharp as possible.
    By Matthew Solan
  • Potent Potions

    You wash your face every day and slather on moisturizer and sunscreen. But instead of seeing radiant skin when you gaze in the mirror, fine lines, pimples, or an overall dullness clouds your view. To project a fresher look, it may be time to add the extra oomph of serums to your skincare regimen.

    Target your skin's imbalances naturally with these turbo-charged serums.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Beauty Myth Busters

    More than likely you know that chocolate and French fries don’t cause acne, but did you get the surprising news that oil cures oily skin, that popping pimples won’t make them go away, and that concealers make you look younger? Neither did we. That’s why we rounded up a bevy of beauty experts to debunk common misconceptions and offer natural solutions in their stead.

    Experts set the record straight on seven common misconceptions.
    By Holly Richmond
  • Fungi For Your Face

    You might think of fungus as the last thing to benefit your complexion, but a growing body of research suggests mushrooms may soon play a starring role in luxe skincare products. Keep an eye out for lotions and potions infused with these skin-saving ’shrooms.

    By Josie Garthwaite
  • Hair Loss Scare

    Not necessarily. It’s normal to shed about 50 to 150 strands a day, but if your hair appears to be dramatically thinning, it might be a sign of an underlying condition. While culprits can be as serious as thyroid disease and lupus, hair loss is often caused by poor diet and stress, says Antonio Alvi Armani, MD, author of How to Beat Hair Loss.

    I lose a lot of hair in the shower—should I be worried?
    By Josie Garthwaite
  • Eco-Chic

    Just a few years ago, dressing the eco-conscious part meant a trip to an incense-infused shop filled with dun-colored, shapeless hemp dresses and garish batik frocks. Now, walk into any mall or boutique across the country—even Target—and the choices cut from organic and sustainable cloth are not only more stylish, they’re more plentiful than ever before. Why?

    Hippie meets hip as good-for-the-Earth fashion hits runways—and closets.
    By Einav Keet