Beauty Ingredients

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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