Burt’s Bees Founder Still a Maverick at Age 79

Burt Shavitz, the 79-year-old founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, lives the life of a recluse. And he’s very happy about it. “There’s no noise,” Shavitz, 79, told the New York Times by way of describing his 40-acre spread in northern Maine. “There’s no children screaming. There’s no people getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning and trying to start their car and raising hell. Everybody has their own idea of what a good place to be is, and this is …

7 Surprising Beauty Musts For Women 50+

Never a dull moment. Every day there’s a new beauty app or techie tool to fill a so-called void. Well, there’s a difference between availability and need. Do you really need an iPhone app that scans your moles, evaluating and tracking them, or one that alerts your frizz-prone hair to rain or humidity? Do you need a portable antimicrobial pad to germproof your pull-down tray on planes to do makeup before landing? OK, maybe you do, but I don’t. Seven …

Snail-Slime Facials … Really?

Seekers of the fountain of youth can add one more bizarre treatment to the list: slime. Not just any slime. Snail slime. The Tokyo branch of the international spa Ci:z:Labo recently debuted an hour-long “Celebrity Escargot Course.” For $245, the salon’s clinicians place five snails on clients’ faces during a series of massages and masks. Related: Look Cool When It’s Hot: Best Summer Makeup     The salon claims that snail slime is a natural moisturizer that soothes inflammation caused …

FDA Warns Avon About Antiaging Creams

Maybe the government can’t quite protect us against injections contaminated with deadly fungal meningitis, but beauty hype — that’s another story. The Food and Drug Administration has warned Avon that it must stop advertising its Anew skin-care products using language that makes them sound as if they have medical effects, Reuters reported. In a letter dated Oct. 5 and posted on the FDA website, the agency objected to antiaging claims made about Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector, Anew Reversalist Night …