Alcohol. Sulfates. Silicones. Is it time for your hair to go into chemical rehab? Each of these common ingredients has a purpose, but they can also be overused, causing the hair to act out. Get educated on what's in your hair products and figure out a few simple solutions for better strands when you continue reading.
Beauty products make a lot of claims, especially when it comes to natural and organic ingredients. Rose oil is supposed to make your skin as pretty as a flower, tea tree is reputed to blast away acne, and marine algae has started to sound like the fountain of youth. But do these ingredients actually live up to the hype? Get the facts on 10 of the most popular natural beauty boosters now.
There are a ton of creams, serums, and cleansers out there designed to help your complexion, but some of the most potent (yet gentle) ingredients might be in your fridge right now. See some of the best skin care you never knew you already had after the jump.
Right now, you probably have some the gentlest yet most effective skin care ingredients sitting around your kitchen. Foods are often the source of costly skin care ingredients, after all. But have you ever considered just putting the raw version on? Learn how to be a real natural beauty when you keep reading.
When it comes to beauty, maybe we should all be listening to our grandmothers more. Because while some of the beauty practices popular in the past were notoriously dangerous (ahem, lead white foundation), many of the simple, natural treatments women favored are not only useful, but pretty darn smart as well. So how can you amp up your beauty routine the easy, inexpensive way your gran would have? To find out, just keep reading.
Halfway through Fashion Week, I think it's safe to say that the big makeup trend for spring... isn't one. By this I mean that makeup artists were sending models down the runways with barely-there makeup. (In some cases, they were completely free of mascara!) We saw it as shows such as Alexander Wang, Y&Kei, and Josh Goot. And after last night, we can add Doo.Ri , Jovovich-Hawk and Sari Gueron to the makeup "nudists."
To translate this look from runways to regular life, look for products with a hint of tint. That means tinted moisturizers, tinted lip balms, and maybe the sheerest pink lip gloss. Of course, with so much skin showing, you'll want to get your complexion in tip-top shape. I know, I know—easier said than done—but there's plenty of time between now and next spring, right? (For ideas on treating acne, read my interview with dermatologist Vail Reese, and don't miss this guide to face creams for your skin type.)
I think — or at least, I hope — that the organic-beauty trend will soon be as big as organic food, and brands like Nature Girl are expertly leading the way. I could have easily fallen in love with this line based on the packaging alone; I love the simple bottles and the colorful, bubbly script. But when I started reading more about these bath oils, shampoos, facial cleansers, and moisturizers, I was really smitten.
Sold at Anthropologie and online, Nature Girl uses all-natural and organic ingredients grown on family-run farms. Not surprisingly, the products are also free of synthetic fragrances and dyes, and Nature Girl shuns animal testing. The brand also donates a portion of its profits to women's and environmental causes. These products are a little pricey, but I'm willing to pay more to support the organic cause. To see the products I'm most excited to try, read more
While on the hunt for one of my recent favorite lip balms, this Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick available here for $12.95, I stumbled upon a lovely little beauty site called Saffron Rouge for the first time. If you're a cosmetic junkie concerned about what strange chemicals are entering your body through your beauty habit, then this place is an e-commerce paradise. Saffron Rouge specializes in organic and natural beauty products—everything from bath and shower products to aromatherapy and even a number of natural makeup lines I've never seen before. Just browsing this site, I discovered dozens of products I want to try. Here are a few of the highlights.
John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler, $16, available here.
Primavera Relax Body Wash, $6 to $20, available here.
To see the rest, read more