Beauty

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Beauty Out of Africa

    Kigelia Africana. The “sausage tree,” named for the oblong shape of its fruit, has long been used by traditional healers to treat fungal infections and eczema, while the Tonga women of Zambia use the fruit to keep blemishes at bay. African Earthworks boasts a black soap filled with the cleansing extract.

    Ghana’s shea nut butter, which has been moisturizing dry skin for years, has paved the way for a slew of African oils, herbs, fruits, and vegetables now appearing in a bevy of the latest beauty tonics. Here’s a sampling.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Timeless Beauty

    One thing you can count on in life is change.And as you age, your appearance proves no exception to this rule. Although a growing number of people turn to plastic surgery and other invasive procedures to minimize the effects of aging, natural options can help you preserve and enhance your beauty through the years and avoid taking drastic, expensive, and potentially harmful measures.

    Simple ways to look fabulous at any age.
    By Kate Hanley
  • 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
  • Label Lowdown

    When that little green-and-white organic label began appearing on food, everything seemed so simple. After all, if we could have organic milk, wouldn’t it just be a matter of time before we could luxuriate in an organic milk bath? And if eating an organic strawberry pie messed up our makeup, surely we’d be able to repair the damage with an organic strawberry lip gloss?

    What you see isn't always what you get.
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Rx: Fix Frizzies and Weatherize Winter Hair

    As a basic plan to battle dryness for all hair types, first look at the label of your haircare products to make sure it doesn’t list sodium laurel sulfate, an inexpensive filler used in 95 percent of all haircare products.

    ’Tis the season for dry, lifeless locks, brittle split ends, and wild tresses that can resist your best beautifying efforts—unless, of course, you choose natural solutions to tame your hair’s seasonal misbehavior
    By Nicole Duncan
  • Mad About Moisturizers

    You’ve pulled your sweaters from the back of the closet, polished your boots, and dusted off your coat collection. But have you also remembered to winterize your moisturizer? Just as cold-weather clothes insulate you from freezing temperatures, your moisturizer protects your face from the drier, harsher air of winter.

    A solution for every skin type
    By Kate Hanley
  • When Good Beauty Products Go Bad

    Is it possible for your favorite moisturizer or shampoo to be done with you, before you’re ready to throw it into the trash? You bet. In fact, experts say it may be time to clean out your shower or medicine cabinet because you may be using products well beyond their shelf life. 

    Expiration dates 

    By Gina Roberts-Grey