Beauty Ingredients

  • 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
  • Toxin Alert: Moisturizers: More Harm Than Good?

    Winter weather can take a toll on your skin, especially if you spend time outdoors where wind and sun exposure can dry out your face. But a new study advises you to scrutinize before you moisturize, because what you put on your skin could make the damaging effects of sunlight worse.

    By Rosemarie Colombraro
  • Mineral Magic

    Looking for makeup to help your skin, not just mask its problems? With a minimum of ingredients and no irritating fillers, natural makeup made from minerals and fruit pigments gives a safe and healthy glow to any complexion. The idea has quickly become a mainstream sensation, with brands from Cover Girl to Clinique creating “mineral-based” makeup lines.

    Choose the healthiest makeup to bring out your natural beauty.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Pretty in Pink?

    Lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, perfume—Jessica Assaf applied them all, and more, before she hit 12. And by her mid teens, she estimates she was using 15 to 20 beauty products a day. Like many girls, Assaf was indoctrinated into the beauty culture at a young age, with makeover-themed birthday parties as early as kindergarten and trips to the nail salon starting in grade school.

    Companies now market makeup to girls as young as 3—and the health implications are huge.
    By Stacy Malkan