Beauty Ingredients

  • Tomato Paste for Your Face

    A simple and effective way to improve the appearance and quality of your skin may be in your backyard garden. The unlikely food—a tomato.

  • Beauty Ingredient: Tea Tree Oil

    Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from a plant native to Australia, and has antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties. This means that when applied topically, tea tree oil cleans your skin. Indigenous Australians have used tea tree oil as a traditional medicine for centuries.

  • Kiss of Lead

    You’ve likely heard lipstick can contain lead, a neurotoxin linked to learning problems, miscarriages, and kidney damage, among other health issues. Now a recent FDA study of 20 lipsticks (brands not released) detected lead levels up to four times higher than those found by a 2007 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) review of 33 tubes.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Faux Naturale?

    The green revolution has hit the beauty aisle: Sales of natural and organic skincare topped $600 million in 2008, according to market research firm Mintel. Now many mainstream cosmetic companies want a piece of the green pie—and several have begun to dig in.

    As Big Beauty goes green, here’s how to tell who’s really cleaning up their act.
    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • The Beauty Bar: Yland-Ylang Oil

    Has the changing season made your scalp and hair dry and flaky? Ylang-ylang oil, distilled from the flower of the cananga tree, can give your locks luster. What’s more, the balancing oil also relaxes you, thanks to its linalool content, a sweet aromatic proven to reduce anxiety.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • Faux Naturale?

    The green revolution has hit the beauty aisle: Sales of natural and organic skincare topped $600 million in 2008, according to market research firm Mintel. Now many mainstream cosmetic companies want a piece of the green pie—and several have begun to dig in.

    As Big Beauty goes green, here’s how to tell who’s really cleaning up their act.
    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Get Glowing!

    Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but gold, silver, and other gems are her skin’s new go-to pal. Once reserved only for jewelry, precious metals and stones now appear in skin- and haircare products such as garnet exfoliants, 24-karat gold facials, and amethyst-infused scalp oils. These add a touch of luxury to your usual beauty routine and may even help delay signs

    Precious metals and stones put sparkle in your skin.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Beauty of Wine

    You cheered when news broke that a glass of red wine a day is actually good for your heart. Turns out it’s not just imbibing the stuff (in moderation, of course) that may have health benefits.

    Reasons to toast vino's rejuvenating powers.
    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Poison-Free Perfumes

    Consumers scrutinize labels as carefully as they examine their discretionary income statements these days, and it’s paying off—beauty companies have begun to reduce their toxic load because of customer demands. The negative press surrounding phthalates has forced mainstream perfume makers to begin removing these damaging chemicals from their fragrances.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Raising the Bar

    That bar of soap in your bathroom may seem like the safest part of your beauty regimen, but unfortunately, there may be more to this shower standby than meets the eye.

    Soaps come clean, revealing a lather of luscious ingredient
    By Nora Simmons