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Best of 2011: Good Looks

Elimination Diet for SkinThe week leading up to the New Year is always a time of reflection. You’ve cleared the stressful holiday hurdles and the fun of New Year’s Eve is all that’s left.

It’s also a time of year when every publication churns out their best-of lists so that editors can unplug and take a freaking vacation. And we’re no different.

This week we’ll be highlighting our favorite stories in each category—Good Sweat, Good Looks, Good Escapes, Good Advice, and Good Food.

Plus our picks for the Fridge Look Books that made us smile, laugh, or change our diets—and the most controversial stories we reported this year.

Here are our top five, in no particular order. Let us know if we missed your favorites! Happy Holidays from Well+Good. See you in 2012!

1. 7 celebs who buck beauty trends
Be gone, plastic look-alike stars! Here are our seven favorite beauty rebels in the biz.

2. Natural deodorants: Do they stink? We test four
Shouldn’t it be possible to smell fresh through the toughest workout—and avoid some of the questionable ingredients in conventional deodorants?

3. 9 pure and cheap skin-care products
At $45 or less for a moisturizer or serum, these high-quality natural and organic skin-care products cost half a cell-phone bill. Hear your new products calling?

4. 7 best natural mascaras
A great natural mascara is beauty’s brass ring. We coated our lashes with a slew and found 7 that added just as much drama as their chemical counterparts.

5. Does your skin need an elimination diet?
Adina Grigore, founder of Sprout Wellness, might be the only beauty CEO who suggests giving up skin care to get better skin.

Bonus: Three Big-Deal Beauty Bummers of 2011!

Confirmed: Dairy and sugar cause acne
Turns out, if you’re following the U.S.D.A. nutrition guidelines and getting your 3 servings of dairy a day, you’re inviting a face full of pimples.

The most toxic cosmetic? Traditional lip glosses, finds study
You won’t find lead and arsenic listed on beauty products labels. But your traditional skin care and makeup might be full of them—especially your lip gloss.

Should facials cause breakouts? Our expert panel squeezes out the truth
It’s easy to blame the facialist for flubbing your just-cleansed gorgeousness. But it may not be her fault. Here are six common causes of post-facial breakouts.