skin care

  • Summer Over-Exposure

    On warm summer days spent outside at the beach, by the pool, on the court, or in the garden, it’s all too easy to forget to reapply (or even apply) sunscreen. While the resulting damage can’t be reversed, it is possible to lessen the aftereffects of too much sun in order to take the ache away.

    Heal sunburn and damaged skin the natural way.
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • Shed Some Light: Protect Yourself From Harmful Rays

    Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It serves to protect your internal organs; houses nerve endings that provide sensation; regulates heat; controls evaporation; stores liquids; and absorbs oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When the sun’s ultraviolet rays shine on this sensitive organ too long, bad things can happen.

    Protecting your skin is important for more than one reason. Whether the motive is vanity, health, or a combination of the two, looking after your skin should be a priority as sun damage is a serious risk to the unprotected.
    By Cara Lucas
  • A Different Halloween Mask

    Pumpkins pop up everywhere this time of year, especially as carved jack-o’-lanterns and in festive fall pies. But this popular October staple has another great use: skincare. Pumpkins pack the powerful antioxidant vitamin A, which helps counterbalance pesky free radicals and prevent wrinkles, as well as zinc to aid in cell regeneration.

    By Gabrielle Boerkircher and Lindsey Galloway
  • Quench Your Skin

    There is nothing like the cold months to suck the life out of your skin. Dullness? Check. Flakiness? Double check. Cranked furnaces, hot showers, and the natural elements of winter—dry air, snow, wind—can all dehydrate your exterior, causing the epidermis—the outermost layer of the skin—to become chapped, itchy, and even cracked.

    Our tips for moisturizing the driest of skin.
    By Stacey Lindsay
  • Healthy Sun Practices

    A general rule. Spending 3 to 15 minutes outdoors for light-skinned individuals and 15 to 30 minutes outdoors for darker skin tones in midday, unobstructed sun with 40 percent of your skin exposed will provide most people with a protective vitamin D level (up to 50,000 IU of Vitamin D in the next 24 hours). The Reference Daily Intake (RDI) however, is only 200 to 600 IU of vitamin D per day.

    By Craig Gustafson
  • 5 Steps to Pretty Feet

    Your feet likely took a beating this summer. Now, shape up heel to toe in five easy, natural steps.
  • Beauty in the Mist

    Ask any aesthetician how to get beautifully glowing skin, and she’ll likely respond, “Hydration, hydration, hydration.” Water keeps skin looking fresh and healthy by hydrating and delivering nutrients to the cells.

    Haven't tried a facial spray? Here's why you should.
    By Stacey Lindsay
  • 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
  • 5 Cheap Ways to Boost Natural Beauty

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    To save a few dollars (and to mix things up), I turn to my kitchen for inspiration for my beauty regimen. Here are some fun, natural, kitchen-based ingredients for beautifying on a budget:

  • 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