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4 Risky Makeup Ingredients

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You steer clear of harmful ingredients in your food, but what about your makeup? According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), nearly 90 percent of the 10,500 ingredients in personal care products have not been evaluated for their safety.

That's why consumers need to do their homework and investigate the ingredients in the products they use, says David Bank, M.D., founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetology, and Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York. Some ingredients may clog pores, and others are downright dangers, he says.

Here, Bank highlights four common ingredients that may do more harm than good—and their healthier alternatives (and for info on more ingredients, visit the EWG's Cosmetic Database):  Read More...

G-Free Friday: Festive Cherry Gingerbread Pasta

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Get the taste of a beloved holiday spice without literally (sort of) eating a house. This ginger-enhanced pasta dish brings together seasonal flavors with the crunch of pine nuts for a very merry gluten-free main. Read More...

3 New Skin Care Uses for Coconut Oil

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With more than two decades of experience in the spa industry, Maggy Dunphy has used hundreds of lotions, potions, and serums. But she's recently discovered the one multi-purpose product that she swears by. "Organic coconut oil has become my new beauty best friend," says Dunphy, the spa director at The Spa Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont.

Available at supermarkets and specialty stores, coconut oil has a balm-like consistency at room temperature. And, when heated, it melts down into a liquid. Dunphy loves the oil's versatility and hydrating powers. Here are three ways she uses it in her daily beauty routine:

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Smoothie Wednesday: Spiced Pear

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Often times friends ask me how I can drink a smoothie for breakfast during the winter. The secret, I believe, lies in spices. This is the time of year that I enjoy warming spices such as cinnamon and ginger. Cinnamon adds a wonderful sweetness to smoothies and acts as an invigorating, immune-boosting tonic (a perfect aid in your fight against winter colds and flu). Spicy ginger root is also a well-known cold fighter. It also supports healthy digestion and provides a detoxifying boost. Often, with the focus on just these two ingredients, I find that I’m able to enjoy some of the best smoothies, like this one. I hope you all have a healthy and happy week! Read More...

Natural Beauty Gurus: The 10 Questions I Always Ask, Wei Y. Brian

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Name: Wei Y. Brian

Occupation: Founder and CEO of Wei East and Wei Beauty

Location: New York,  China, and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Who is your beauty inspiration? Katherine Hepburn. I even named my daughter after her! She has always inspired me because of her classic look, independent spirit, and love of nature.

What product/treatment/beauty indulgence do you spend the most on? Chinese acupuncture treatments and herbal teas for inner and outer beauty.

What do you spend the least on? Invasive cosmetic procedures. I'm way too chicken to ever go under the knife! Read More...

Finding the Rare, Good Nut

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I met my husband by pure happenstance. We were both quietly circumnavigating the perimeter of a rowdy party that neither of us had really planned on or wanted to attend. Long story short--I believe in fate and things happening for a reason. And so when I spotted chestnuts in the market last week, I was intrigued. Chestnuts are a rare commodity. You find them hidden away at farm stands--they're the market wallflowers. Read More...