We all know there is no such thing as a safe tan. The National Institutes of Health has placed ultraviolet radiation, both from the sun and from tanning machines, on its list of known carcinogens. We also know the incidence of skin cancer continues to climb. In 2008 alone, more than 1 million new cases were…

It’s spring, so send those winter red lips packing with these lip treats.You won’t find any parabens, petro-chemicals, phtalates, sulfates, synthetic anything on these ingredient lists.  So pucker up, love is in the air. Tarte’s 24.7 Lip Sheer: Whether you want an I-just-ate-an-organic-strawberry stain or a sixties pink pout (all with SPF 15), try the…

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a yoga workshop with Mariel Hemingway and her good friend Sara Ivanhoe. It was an intense afternoon, full of flowing asana with a specific focus on Patanjali’s first yoga sutra — Atha Yoganusasam (NOW is the Practice of Yoga).  In that spirit of now, we were encouraged to…

Everyone likes a bargain, right? And in these economic times, saving money — even a little — is a satisfying pastime. I was never an avid coupon clipper mostly because the coupons that come in the newspaper are for products I don’t generally use. But early this year, in a fit of financial anxiety, I…

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Valerie Reiss

Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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