Lots of websites sell eyeglasses these days. Many offer substantial discounts compared with the likes of eyewear chains (LensCrafters, Pearl Vision) and doctor offices and independent shops, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars off a complete pair of glasses.
If you've been blamed for giving Mom gray hair, here's what not to give her this Mother's Day: a bottle of Go Away Gray, a supplement that claims to "prevent and reverse gray hair" via a daily dose of catalase, an enzyme produced by hair cells that naturally declines with age.
If you'll be doing yard work, hiking, or just sitting on the lawn in the spring loveliness this weekend, be aware that you might not be alone out there: It's tick time again.
I was surprised to learn while editing a recent beauty article for our sister publication, ShopSmart, that the label "cruelty-free" on cosmetics doesn't necessarily guarantee that the product wasn't tested on animals. The same goes for "no animal testing" (how's that for incongruous?). While the terms sound good, it turns out that neither of them is legally defined nor backed by any certifying organization.
Q: I get a lot of Groupon and LivingSocial offers for medi-spas. What are they, and are they safe? —L.K., Oberlin, Ohio
Lancôme USA claims on its website that, among other things, its wrinkle and skin creams "boost the activity of genes and stimulate the production of youth proteins" and "improve the condition around the stem cells and stimulate cell regeneration." Not so fast, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a letter posted last week to the agency's website.
Forget the bedspread. When it comes to germ hot spots in your hotel room, the TV remote is among the items most heavily contaminated with bacteria, according to a study that University of Houston researchers presented to the American Society for Microbiology.
Don't forget the sunscreen as you head out for some fun this Memorial Day weekend. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared today "Don't Fry Day." The sun-safety awareness campaign hopes to educate you on how best to protect your skin from dangerous ultraviolet rays.
Coming soon to a store near you: sunscreens with labels that are easier to understand. The Food and Drug Administration plans to give manufacturers until mid-December to make all the changes, but many products already have the new labeling. Here are some of the biggest changes, which will also apply to moisturizers and cosmetic products that contain a sun-protection factor (SPF):
Even as the rates of some cancers are falling, the Mayo Clinic is seeing a dramatic rise in skin cancer among people under age 40.
Some statistics show that 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size, and when Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine invited staffers to a professional bra fitting, every one of the 45 volunteers was wearing the wrong size bra.
A new study has found potentially harmful chemicals, such as asthma-related compounds and endocrine disruptors, in common consumer products including cosmetics, household cleaners, and personal care products, and many of the detected chemicals are not listed on product labels.
Today marks Barbie’s 53rd birthday. While women all across the country would like to think that we’ve evolved from the standards of the 1950s, in many ways we’re still striving to achieve the unrealistic hourglass proportions symbolized by this tiny iconic figure.
Our testers put 100s of products through their paces at our National Testing and Research Center. Learn more about how we test for: