- April 1st, 2010
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
- March 1st, 2010
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
- December 1st, 2009
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
- September 1st, 2009
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
- July 1st, 2009
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
- July 1st, 2009
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
- June 1st, 2009
Unless you’re the rare man who fancies a full beard, the morning shave is one personal care routine you can’t escape. And whether you see it as a monotonous chore or an onerous task rife with nicks, cuts, and razor burn, you probably don’t think of shaving as a meditative ritual. But maybe it’s high time for an about-face.
Forgo foam and try these safer shaving solutions.By Lindsey Galloway
- April 1st, 2009
Kristen Campbell was sensitive to most eye makeup. Nevertheless, she persisted valiantly in her quest for smoky eyes, but even 100 percent hypoallergenic mascaras and liners would leave her eyes puffy. Each time she had a bad reaction, the 29-year-old switched brands, but nonirritating makeup eluded her.Weed wheat out of your beauty routine for better skin.By Allison Young
- April 1st, 2009
Called the “wonder tree” of India, neem is known for its medicinal properties. When added to beauty products, it helps fight acne by deterring bacterial growth on the skin, explains ayurvedic physician Nancy Lonsdorf, MD. Its anti-inflammatory properties also soothe irritation and redness, and its high vitamin E content restores moisture and elasticity to the skin.By Lindsey Galloway
- February 1st, 2009
Turn up the heat on your beauty routine this winter with the latest trend in skincare: warming products. Because heat increases circulation, a product that warms your body will relax your muscles and help beneficial ingredients penetrate the skin. A few that get us fired up:
By Lindsey Galloway