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You're Probably Not Putting on Enough Sunscreen

SPF30 will protect more like SPF 15 if you don't apply as much sunscreen as the experts recommend. And a study showed that most people put on far too little. But what's the right amount anyway?

A Hairy History of Eyebrow Trends

From thin to thick and back again, we take a pictorial look at eyebrow fashion over the last 100 years.

Pediatricians Group Releases First-Ever Guidelines for Teens and Tattoos

The American Academy of Pediatrics weighs in for the first time on the safety of tattoos and piercings for teenagers.

Chemists Are on the Hunt for a Long-lasting Sunscreen

Though sunscreen has protected our skin for decades, scientists still have questions about the intricacies of its photoprotective properties.

I Got Tattooed With a Protostar … For Science!

A tattoo artist created 18 pieces of art inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope. Our Fw:Thinking host Jonathan Strickland now sports one of them on his back.

Disappearing Tattoos for the Commitment Phobes

A startup is developing a nonpermanent tattoo that can be applied with the same technique and equipment that traditional tattoo artists use. You could snag one in 2017.

Blackout Tattoos: Now That's Some Serious Ink

Blackout tattoos were once reserved for things like covering up the name of your short-lived (but very passionate) crush you had inscribed on your body. No longer.

Tattoos May Be Good for Your Health

A new study indicates having lots of tats might mean a healthy immune system.

Tattoos: Telling a Story of Self-esteem?

A recent study of U.S. college students found that women with four or more tattoos had higher self-esteem than female participants with fewer or no tattoos. Who knew?

Is expired sunscreen OK to use?

Getting ready to spend a day in the sun? Think twice before reaching for last year's sunscreen. Even if the bottle's still full, the lotion doesn't last forever. Don't get burned!

Does the lead in lipstick cause cancer?

For many of us, putting on lipstick is as routine as brushing our teeth in the morning. But are there dangers lurking in your lip color?

Can you get a staph infection from a tattoo?

Tattoos are often colorful with vivid inks. But a red, oozing staph infection? Talk about your worst nightmare. Can a life-changing experience suddenly turn into a life-threatening one?

Are there medical reasons to get a tattoo?

Patients with serious medical needs typically wear bracelets to alert paramedics. But some people are replacing their bracelets with something new -- a tattoo.

Do antibiotics help with acne?

There is a chronic disease that's sweeping through the world largely unstudied and basically untreated. It's acne. And while some antibiotics can, in fact, help it, the issue of antibiotic resistance is limiting our options.

Should I Use Gluten-Free Makeup?

Giving up gluten is hard enough, but should you try gluten-free makeup. We talked to experts to get the down-low on gluten-free makeup

5 Ways to Fake a Gorgeous Glow

Are you fairer than them all and you just want to look good on the beach?! Read on for these healthy tips!

How to Shrink Large Pores

Large pores can make you look older and cause annoying blackheads. Learn how to shrink large pores naturally with our skin care tips.

5 Important Botox Facts

Botox may erase wrinkles, but it can cause some serious side effects. See if this injectable fountain of youth works. Read these important botox facts

5 Things to Know About Tanning Pills

Do tanning pills work? We explain how these capsules may or may not boost your skin care routine. Read on to learn the in's and out's of tanning pills.

5 Popular Anti-aging Supplements

Are anti-aging supplements the new fountain of youth? See if coenzyme q10, human growth hormone and other supplements really work.

Quick Tips: Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin

Even if you have oily skin, you still need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. So what's the best sunscreen for oily skin? Find out!

Quick Tips: SPF Numbers

Learn all that you need to know about what SPF numbers mean on sunscreen bottles and protect yourself with the correct SPF number sunscreen for the future.

5 Uses for Toner

Find the best toner for your skin with as we explain the many uses of facial toner – and how it can become an essential part of your skin care routine

Quick Tips: Lemon Juice and Freckles

Though you can't get rid of freckles, lemon juice may help you lighten them. We show you how to safely alter your skin tone with lemon juice.

5 Facts to Know About Hair Removal Creams

Trying to get rid of excess body hair? Learn all about hair removal creams – and how to pick out the most effective one for you!


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