The Science of Beauty
Just in time for Mother's Day: From Mother Nature's timeless skin remedies to the latest findings in anti-aging research, science helps to explain how treatments work and whether they're safe
These 4 Chemicals May Pose the Most Risk for Nail Salon Workers
Besides the questionable labor practices that surround the shops, glues, lacquers and dust in the workplace create their own risks for nail technicians
Is Cellulite Forever?
Some claim creams can bust the bulgy bane of many, whereas others swear by pricey procedures. But what is cellulite? And can it really be banished for good? A doctor gives the bottom line...
Slide Show: The Science Behind 10 Natural Skin Remedies: Why They Work--Or Don't
From hydrating to getting a good night's sleep, two dermatologists explain which home treatments actually work--and why
Treating Wrinkles with Cutting-Edge Technology--Without Going Under the Knife
From stem cells to the circadian cycle, the science behind new high-tech anti-aging research
A Cut above the Rest?: Wrinkle Treatment Uses Babies' Foreskins
Male circumcision-derived skin-rejuvenator injections in U.K. have yet to be approved in U.S.
Coral Lipstick—It's You! Or So Says a New Cosmetics Algorithm
Your cell phone could be your link to personally tailored beauty products
Rethinking the Wrinkling: Key Genes Cause Aging
Key genes, rather than cell and DNA damage, as causes of aging
Tan or Burn
How does sunscreen protect skin?
Are Sunscreens Safe?
Tips on finding a sunscreen that guards from UV rays but does not contain potentially dangerous chemicals
How do sunless tanners work?
Scientists urge EPA to assess potential phthalates risks
Why does hair turn gray?
Fact or Fiction?: Stress Causes Gray Hair
Scientists have a hunch that the gray hairs we dread (or welcome) may arrive sooner with stress
Ancient Hair Dye Harnessed Nanotechnology
Green hair bleach?
Mitochondrial Mutations Blamed for Aging
Work It Out: More Activity = Slower Aging
New study links exercise to greater longevity
Is Human Growth Hormone the Key to Eternal Youth?
Apparently not. New research says there's no proof of its supposed anti-aging powers
New Diet Drug in Battle of the Bulge
Early research shows that taranabant helps to suppress appetite and burn fat.
Just Desserts: Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain
New research indicates that saccharin and other sugar substitutes may not be such a sweet deal for weight watchers
Are fat bums a sign of good health?
Hey, ladies, been spending hours fretting over your beefy bottoms? Perturbed about your pear-shaped bodes no matter how many lunges you do daily? Don't be.
Saving Face: How Safe Are Cosmetics and Body Care Products?
The government knows just about as much as you do about what you're putting on your skin—that is to say, not much
ScientificAmerican.com Reports: The Science of Beauty
A weeklong look into the cutting-edge treatments and age-old cures that promise to keep people looking their best
Plumping Up the Volume: Wrinkle Fillers Spur Collagen Production
New study shows that Restylane injections do more than just temporarily fill in the lines
Bringing beauty home: Surprising lessons from science
Beauty Is Truth (and Science)
Procter & Gamble scientists Greg Hillebrand and Jay Tiesman talk about scientific research related to beauty products and cosmetics. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news...