Natural beauty

Sep 28, 2007 at 9:29 p.m. ET

When it comes to cosmetics, you want to use what makes you look and feel your best, naturally! Today, consumers are going nuts for "natural" and "all-natural" products, believing they're superior to synthetics for everything from texture and smell, to the anti-aging benefits. But what does the term "natural" actually mean? The FDA says --nothing! Is your favorite botanical beauty cream chemical free? Does it matter? Can synthetics actually be better for you? SELF Magazine gives you a guide!

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