Skin Health

  • 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.
  • Sunscreen Primer

    Choosing the best sunscreen can be tougher than finding the perfect swimsuit. With hundreds of options available, should you reach for a product labeled “nano-free,” “all-day protection,” or “SPF 700”? Plus, terms like SPF, UVA, and UVB can have you swimming in a sea of acronyms before you even hit the water.

    What you need to know to have a burn-free summer.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Grooming for Guys

    No matter how rugged your guy, his skin is just as sensitive as yours—perhaps even more delicate. Male hormones, such as androgen, trigger increased production of sebum, the skin’s natural oils, which encourages bacteria and fungus overgrowth. Ironically, these conditions lead to dry, irritated skin, says Cindy Angerhofer, PhD, executive director of botanical research at Aveda.

    Help him choose and use safe, natural products.
    By Joel Warner
  • Spot Treatment

    Aging provides plenty of perks—greater confidence, more wisdom, and discounted movie tickets, to name a few. But growing older also brings a few downsides: age spots, for instance, which boldly advertise your senior status.

    Lighten age spots to reveal a youthful glow.
    By Deirdre Shevlin Bell
  • What Makes Scents

    The cluster of perfume bottles fanning across my vanity table represents a whole wardrobe of moods and treasured memories. As any fragrance lover can attest, a spritz of just the right scent at just the right moment provides unparalleled pleasure—precisely why I found synthetic perfumes so tough to quit cold turkey. But I did it.

    Natural perfumes offer flawless fragrance without chemicals.
    By Jolene Hart
  • From Kitchen to Bath

    Next time you crave that Calgon effect, skip spendy bath products and raid your pantry and fridge for fresh, nontoxic, tub-ready goods. We consulted Lina Hanson, natural beauty expert and author of Eco-Beautiful (Rodale Books, 2008), to round up some favorite ingredients.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Calm Mind, Clear Skin

    At age 16, Dawn Montefusco developed a serious case of psoriasis that covered 85 percent of her body in itchy, red scales. Her doctor dashed her hopes of an easy cure, telling her she’d most likely have the autoimmune disease the rest of her life. “I was a sophomore in high school, so this was devastating,” recalls Montefusco, now 40.

    Don't let stress sabotage your complexion.
    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • In The Clear

    Once puberty had come and gone, I thought my pimples had followed my prom dress into the back closet. But the joke was on me. At 31, days after giving birth, my face began breaking out in a freak show that could rival any teenager’s.

    Get rid of adult acne once and for all.
    By Trisha Gura
  • Get Glowing Ayurveda-Style

    Frizzy hair? Dry skin? Ease your summer beauty woes with these dosha-specific tips from Lee Macik, an ayurvedic aesthetician.

    If you’re a vata …
    your skin and hair tend to get drier than usual in the hot summer months.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Did You Know? Skin pH

    Your skin’s natural pH level hovers around a slightly acidic 4.7, but most skincare products have a pH of 6 or higher. This means your skin actually has to work harder to bring pH levels back to normal after you cleanse and moisturize, says cosmetic science consultant Johann Wiechers, PhD. The result? Dry, scaly skin.

    By Rosemarie Colombraro