Skin Health

  • Staying Sharp

    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
  • The Beauty Bar: Neem

    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
  • Gluten-Free Glamour

    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
  • Global (Skin) Warming

    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
  • A Better Battle for the Bulge

    Wish you could get rid of those bulging nodules of fatty tissue on your thighs and buttocks? What a silly question. Cellulite happens when connective tissues between the skin and muscle loosen, allowing fat storage chambers to bulge.

    By Lisa Marshall
  • Winterize Your Lips

    The cold temps and strong winds of winter can seemingly suck every molecule of moisture out of your lips. Here’s how to keep your lips kissably soft all season:

    By Erin Quinn
  • The Beauty Bar: Essential Fatty Acids

    You already know they’re important for good health, but what do essential fatty acids have to do with radiant skin? These polyunsaturated fats (which include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) are essential for staving off inflammation, dryness, and acne, says Valori Treloar, a dermatologist and coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet (Cumberland House Publishing, 2007).

    By Josie Garthwaite
  • Acne and Wheat

    While no studies have specifically linked gluten-sensitivity (an adverse immune response to wheat, barley, rye, and some oats) with acne, many doctors say the connection is a no-brainer: Wheat can trigger an inflammation response in the body.

    Forget chocolate—I’ve heard that wheat can be an acne culprit. Is this true?
  • Stream Clean

    Want to give your complexion a quick refresher? Try a homemade herbal facial using steam, says Stephanie Tourles, licensed holistic aesthetician and author of Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey Publishing, 2007). “Exposing your face to steam encourages pores to open, which helps release toxins, minimizes wrinkles, and sends moisture to deep skin layers,” she says.

    By Elizabeth Gregg
  • 1st Annual Beauty With a Conscience Awards

    In our hunt to find the healthiest skincare products available, we slathered on hundreds of serums, scrubs, and shampoos. Here are the ones we can't live without the winners of Natural Solutions' first-ever Beauty With a Conscience Awards.