Beauty

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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