Beauty

  • Pretty Peepers

    If your pretty peepers are the windows to your soul, then you surely don’t want dark circles or wrinkles to be the old, dingy curtains.

    The thin, delicate skin around our eyes makes us prone to fine lines and wrinkles that show our age. But there are ways around it—history can attest to that.

    Beautiful eyes are a blink away.
    By Cara Lucas
  • A Different Halloween Mask

    Pumpkins pop up everywhere this time of year, especially as carved jack-o’-lanterns and in festive fall pies. But this popular October staple has another great use: skincare. Pumpkins pack the powerful antioxidant vitamin A, which helps counterbalance pesky free radicals and prevent wrinkles, as well as zinc to aid in cell regeneration.

    By Gabrielle Boerkircher and Lindsey Galloway
  • No-Sweat Beauty Tone-Up

    Toning up your body can be easier than you think. You don’t have to settle for flabby upper arms and thighs, a slowly drooping buttocks, or that extra roundness in the middle. Nor do we have to commit to an hour in the gym everyday, although that may be fun for some.

    A few minutes, several times a day, is all you need to build beautiful muscle tone.
    By Blythe Metz
  • Seeds of Change

    It is both a rarity and a pleasant surprise to discover any corporation that emphasizes the importance of “giving back” to the communities that support them. When those charitable acts originate from an aesthetically minded company, the message leaves a thoughtful impression that defines the word “beautiful” on a deeper level and in more meaningful terms.

    Beauty companies spread hope to communities around the world.
    By Cara Lucas
  • For A Healthy Glow: Apply + Relax

    When signs of aging begin to show, your face is almost always the first place you’ll notice a change. Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, blemishes, and build-ups of other impurities compound over time—or make premature appearances—if you don’t take care to protect your skin.

    Pamper yourself with one of these do-it-yourself facial masks and discover healthy, vibrant skin—all without spending a fortune at the spa.
  • Healthy Nails Are Within Your Grasp

    Old habits die hard. Although my mother tried every trick in the book to defeat my nail-biting habit as a youngster, picking at my fingernails was a stress-relieving pattern, and, like many children, my nails served as ten little targets for my anxiety.

    What do your nails say about your health?
    By Cara Lucas
  • Keeping Baby Natural

    Do you remember when your mom or grandmother urged you to smother your newborn baby in scented lotions or oils to get that baby fresh smell? Although that “fresh baby” smell may have made grandma feel good, what did those lotions or oils do to your baby?

    Keep our baby clean and smelling great with natural products and common sense.
    By Jenn Benson
  • Shopping for Beauty, Naturally

     

    Your guide to finding products that are really natural, and which aren't.
    By Yael Grauer
  • Love Your Lips

    Summer is fun and freeing for our minds and bodies, yet it can be downright harsh on our skin. It’s important to remember that our lips are a part of our skin and should be protected just as carefully as the rest of our body. Here are some tips on what to look for (and avoid) in lip balm.
     
    Why our lips get chapped:

    Chapped lips are a pain, but thankfully, some lip balms actually repair dry lips rather than simply mask the problem.
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • Beauty Ingredient: Jojoba Oil

    Jojoba oil is not actually an oil like one would think, but it is a liquid ester produced from the seed of the jojoba plant. The plant is native to dry climates like Arizona, California and Mexico, and the oil helps the plants retain moisture during long summer months.