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The Secrets of Beauty Products

To know more about the products you use on your skin and hair is to better understand how to make the most of them.

Beauty Questions Answered

Can You Build Resistance to Beauty Products?
Experts explain why some seem to stop working—and what you can do about it.

What Are Parabens―and Do I Need to Worry About Them?
These preservatives are common, but health concerns have cropped up. 

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The Secrets of Your Beauty Products

“Clinically proven”? “Detoxifying”? Translation, please. Learn what your beauty product labels really mean.
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What Are Those Ingredients in Your Skin-Care Products?

Retinol? Nacinamide? Idebenone? Here, dermatologists give a crash course on nine common skin-care ingredients.
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The Best New Beauty Gadgets

Dermatologists weigh in on the efficacy of at-home beauty devices that promise to treat wrinkles, blemishes, and unwanted hair.
Photo: Craig Cutler

How Much of These Beauty Products Should You Apply?

A dot or a dollop or something in between? When it comes to your favorite hair- and skin-care products, here’s how much you should be using.  
Photo: Craig Cutler
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Naturally Beautiful

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Effective, All-Natural Beauty Ingredients
These plant-based agents have been scientifically proven to benefit your skin.

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All-Natural Homemade Beauty Products
Save money and avoid harsh chemicals with these simple masks and conditioners using fresh ingredients.

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Beauty Products Expiration Dates Checklist

You know your makeup and skin-care items won’t last forever, but for how long are they good?

  • Antiaging and acne treatments: Three months to a year. Antioxidants are easily oxidized, so be on the lookout for any changes in color.
  • Sunscreen: Check the package for an expiration date.
  • Body lotion: Two to three years, particularly if it’s in a pump container.

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