Ahava Must-Haves For Soft, Supple Skin

You know you're dealing with dry skin when you're constantly reaching for a bottle of lotion. Your legs, arms and hands just can't seem to find relief, no matter what you do. If you're currently in a battle with your body lotion, it may be time to ditch it for something better. One of my favorite lines to recommend during this time of the year is Ahava. It's not only result-oriented, but well-priced and well-loved among our customers. Check out some of my favorite recommendations to keep you feeling soft and moisturized this season.

1. Softening Butter Salt Scrub: This salt scrub not only helps remove dry, dead skin cells but moisturizes your skin in the process. As you work it into your skin, it turns into a nourishing lotion to hydrate your skin. It's like getting a scrub and oil treatment in one. A concentrate of Dead Sea Minerals, along with Coconut, Jojoba and Sesame Seed oils leave your skin incredibly soft. Antioxidant-rich Dunalieilla Algae protects your skin against UV damage and other free radicals. How many other body scrubs will work this hard for your skin?


2. Mineral Shower Gel: If you're looking for a shower gel your entire family will love, then this may be it. This gentle shower gel is mineral based and reinforces hydration with the mildest plan extracts to cleanse your skin without stripping it dry. Aloe Vera and Allantoin keep your skin calm and moisturized, ideal for the most sensitive skin types. A light fragrance of pomegranate and cherry blossoms makes it a neutral scent for everyone in your household.

Treat Yourself on National Relaxation Day!

August 15 is National Relaxation Day and I'm inviting you to take a little time this weekend to pamper yourself. Take a moment to pause from the everyday stresses of life and get refreshed just in time for Monday.  Try all or some of my suggestions that will leave you happy from head to toe.

1. Treat yourself to bubbles or bath salts: If your daily routine consists of dashing in and out of the shower, take a little extra time this weekend and slow things down with a relaxing bath. L'Occitane's Lavender Foaming Bath will relax your senses and melt away the stress before bed. If your muscles need some relaxing, try Ahava's Mineral Bath Salt in Calming Lavender. 

Pick-Me-Ups To Get You Through This Week

If you're struggling to get through the week because of the time change, you're not alone. Even though it's only an hour, it can really throw you off. Since there's nothing we can do about our lost time, I'm inviting you to try some wonderful beauty pick-me-ups to get you through the week. 

1. Glamglow Brightmud Eye Treatment: If losing an hour of sleep is making you look and feel more tired, brighten up your under eye area with this amazing eye treatment. Reduce dark circles and puffiness with Caffeine, Peppermint and Ectoin. All this eye treatment requires is three minutes of your time and voila--eyes will look refreshed!

2. bareMinerals Well Rested CC Eye Primer:  If you need a little extra help covering dark circles this week, pick up a Well-Rested CC Eye Primer from bareMinerals. A color-correcting primer, this little miracle tube helps cool and recharge the under eye area with a mineral blend, caffeine and aloe, revitalizing tired eyes. 

3. Ahava Eucalyptus Mineral Bath Salt: Pamper yourself midweek with a therapeutic bath with Ahava. Relieve tension and get energized with 100% natural Dead Sea Salts and eucalyptus oils. Your mind, body and soul will be recharged. 

My Favorite Beauty Products of 2014

As the end of 2014 is swiftly approaching, I can't help but reflect on all the wonderful beauty products I fell in love with this year. Customers often ask me what products I love and when that happens, I often get flustered in my answer because it's hard to pick just one or two favorites. Even now it's a toss-up between many products, but because I love lists, I give you a list of my 2014 favorites.

Favorite Face Mask: Dr. Perricone's Chloro Plasma
Nothing makes me happier than my weekly facial ritual of wearing a mask. For a long time, I loved any mask I was able to peel off. It gave me a sense of satisfaction, as if I was getting rid of all this gunk. Surprisingly enough, my favorite face mask does not peel. Dr. Perricone's Chloro Plasma exceeded all my expectations this year. It smells like a day at the spa, does not dry my face and leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and sensationally smooth.

Favorite Sunscreen: CoTZ
What's better than a non-chemical sunscreen? How about a sunscreen that protects your beautiful skin AND makes an amazing primer before foundation? Anything that makes my skin look impeccable is always a winner in my book. The tinted formula makes my skin look smooth and even, which is perfect for a day of errands.

Favorite Hand Cream: Ahava's Dermud Hand Cream:
Handling money with cash transactions makes me constantly feel the need to wash and sanitize my hands, so they can get pretty dry and irritated. Ahava's Dermud Hand cream is so healing on my skin that my hands feel instantly soothed and soft after just one application.

4 Life-Savers for Dry Hands

When the weather cools down and winds start picking up, our hands can feel dry to the point of discomfort. Finding relief can seem impossible, but it isn't. To keep your hands soft and beautiful all season long, check out our top favorite hand creams.

L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream: This hand cream is a worldwide best-seller, and for many reasons. It's formulated with 20% Shea Butter, making it rich and creamy for instant relief. Nourishing ingredients like honey, almond extracts and coconut oil work together with Shea Butter for optimal moisture without an oily residue. Keep one at home in a 5oz size and take one on the go in a 1oz size. If you're sensitive to fragrance, then you will LOVE this hand cream because it's not heavily scented. 

Ahava Dermud Hand Cream: For cracked, dry hands, this intense hand cream helps give immediate relief as well as protect hands from dryness and pain. Jojoba Seed Oil helps lock in and seal moisture, while Shea Butter offers essential vitamins and healing properties against environmental assaults. Deadsea mud also helps relieve cracking and roughness while Ahava's exclusive Osmoter helps rebalance and rehydrate skin. A favorite among men, this hand cream is heavy duty. 

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you're still unsure about what to get mom, Planet Beauty is here to help. Giving the gift of beauty is perfect for the mom who needs a little pampering or even the mom who can't get enough of the latest and greatest products. 

1. Ahava Mineral Botanic Hibiscus & Fig Duo $32: Pamper mom with a luxurious lotion and body wash set from one of our favorite skin and body care lines. Ahava's Hibiscus Velvet Cream body wash leaves skin feeling super soft and healthier than ever. Hibiscus, Fig and antioxidants moisturize skin while natural anti-bacterial properties help protect it. Follow up with the moisturizer for a complete nourishing experience. Want a little add-on? Try Ahava's Age Perfecting hand cream with SPF 15. Not only will her hands feel nourished and healthy, but using this cream will also help brighten dark spots caused by sun damage.

2. Clarisonic Mia 2 $150: If mom is a skin care enthusiast, then she should have the ultimate skin care tool for cleansing. Using a good cleansing tool will not only refine pores, but will leave skin looking smoother and allow serum and treatment products work more effectively on the skin. The Clarisonic Mia 2 is gentle and features 2 speeds for a customized experience. Offered in a variety of colors, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Always a top-selling Planet Beauty item, you cannot go wrong with Clarisonic. 

Eliminate Stress Today

If you're a busy woman on the go, then you understand how hard it is to find time to decompress and enjoy a moment to yourself. However, finding that time is vital, not only for your piece of mind, but overall health. Stress can wreak havoc on your immune system, making you more susceptible to fatigue and illness. If you've been feeling a little stressed lately, maybe it's time to try one of our stress busters.

Taking a bath is a great way to relax and release harmful toxins in the body. Kneipp's Bath Oils have a high amount of natural essential oils that instantly calm or invigorate the senses, depending on your ailment or need. If you're feeling slightly under the weather or just battling allergies, then the Cold and Sinus Relief will really do wonders for your mood. Another favorite of mine is Kneipp's Joint & Muscle Rescue Bath which helps soothe achy joints and muscles. So, if your job requires a lot of standing or walking, this will help you relax and improve circulation, with the holistic power of Arnica and essential pine oils. 

Spa Day Stay-cation!

Ah, summer vacation.  There’s nothing like packing up your bags and heading out to some exotic or favorite locale, and indulging yourself in all the wonderfully yummy or expensive things you certainly wouldn’t do at home.  Well, what if a vacation didn’t happen this summer? Or, what if you want to re-create your favorite spa day back in your own bathroom? You can look no farther than your local Planet Beauty store to stock up on all your spa favorites for a totally DIY spa day!

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