Keep Active Teens Happy Year-Round

School is back in full swing and for many teens, that means it's time for fall sports activities. One of the advantages I have from working in the store is that I get to talk with moms one on one and many of them voice concerns over what their teens should be using. If you have an active teenager at home and are looking for ways to get them through the school year with minimal breakouts and hair concerns, check out some of my top picks for them to try. 

If your teen is prone to breakouts, Dermalogica's Clear Start line has eight products available to help minimize teen acne. The Foaming Wash is clear must-have for both day and night use. Made with Salicylic Acid, this foaming cleanser helps clean pores, and remove debris on the skin that can cause breakouts. Help your teen calm their skin with eight powerful botanicals which include Tea Tree, Lavender and Camellia Sinensis. Another great benefit from this cleanser is that it can be used on the back and shoulders, as well. If the problem is a little more serious, incorporate the All Over Toner to treat breakouts on the body.

Teens spend a great amount of time outdoors, and if they're athletes, they spend twice as much time outside. Protect their skin and help them control shine with Dermalogica's Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15. This ultra-light moisturizer contains special botanicals that act as micro sponges, absorbing oil and eliminating shine. SPF helps protect their skin against damaging rays that can aggravate skin and cause breakouts. 

Fight Travel Fatigue with these Beauty Favorites!

The holidays can be a pretty stressful time of the year when you’re planning family visits, holiday work parties and those dreadful, crowded shopping trips. If you’re one of the lucky ones who also travels this time of the year, then you know how extra exhausting the holidays can feel. Between battling airport lines and sitting on flights, your energy can get zapped. Fighting travel fatigue can put a damper on your holiday cheer, making it hard to enjoy your time with family and friends. Don’t let travel fatigue get the best of you this season! Before you pack your bags for your holiday destination, make sure you pick up some of our must-have beauty products to survive travel fatigue!

Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydragel Eye Patches: Booked that red eye flight to save some money this Christmas? You might be saving money, but if you have a difficult time falling asleep on a plane, you’re going to have a hard time looking refreshed once you reach your destination. These wonderful under-eye patches will keep you looking rested even after a long flight. A 24k gold, a colloidal gold, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and humectants hydrate, lift and tighten the under-eye area for a smoother, brighter appearance.


Get Your Hands on these Wonderful Winter Must-Haves!

December has arrived beauties! Winter is just around the corner now  and I’m rounding up some of my favorite beauty must-haves to get you through this chilly season. Every year, new products are launched and it can be quite tough choosing any favorites at all. However, there are just some beauty products that are consistently great and deserve the recognition. So cozy up and check them out!

Archipelago Milk Bubble Bath: December can be a pretty chaotic month and you’re going to need a way to soothe away the stress of the holidays.  Archipelago’s Milk Bubble Bath is the perfect remedy for those cold winter nights where you just need to relax.  This customer-favorite contains dried milk solids and natural proteins that also relieve dry, winter skin. Bubbles, anyone?

Bumble & bumble Surf Spray: I know what you’re thinking—who needs a beach spray in December? The answer? Everyone! It might not be a great time to hit the beach, but that doesn’t mean tousled beach texture is out of style. Don’t let your hair fall flat this winter and give it some body with Bumble & bumble! A blend of kukui seed, mango seed and coconut oils give your hair movement while keeping it conditioned.

Skincare Favorites You'll Want This National Lazy Day

It’s National Lazy Day and to celebrate, we’re sharing four of our favorite lazy girl skincare products! If you’re looking to spend less time fussing with your routine and more time in your pajamas, then it might be time to try something new.

A skincare mask can offer an array of benefits, but let’s face it--- lazy girls don’t want to spend much time by the sink. If this sounds like you, then you might want to consider taking part in one of the biggest skincare trends on Instagram right now: sheet masking. They won’t cleanse or exfoliate like the many traditional masks we’re used to seeing, but sheet masks give your skin much-needed nutrients. Since it’s summer, our go-to of the moment is Talika’s BioEnzyme After Sun Sheet Mask. This soothing mask contains Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen, which plumps and re-hydrates sun-parched, dehydrated skin. Water-harnessing sugar stimulates the regeneration of the skin’s barrier in a natural way, while offering additional hydration. Chamomile, Arnica, Gentian and Milfoil extracts offer antioxidant protection and soothing comfort. After cleansing, simply press the mask onto the contours of your face to set it. Watch an episode of your favorite show or take a nap while it goes to work. After 15-30 minutes, peel it off, press the excess residue into your skin and you’re all set!


Say Goodbye to Breakout-Causing Habits

Dealing with constant breakouts is never fun and can really put a damper on your daily mood. If you have naturally oily skin, the battle with breakouts can seem never-ending. If you’re always feeling like your skin can’t catch a break, you may be unknowingly practicing some breakout-causing habits. Before you panic over your next breakout, see if you’re guilty of these daily habits.

Rushing your nightly routine: After a long day, it’s so tempting to just hit the hay without taking your makeup off. However, it’s just not a good idea for anyone. Relying on solely makeup wipes or only cleansing once is a surefire to welcome bacteria on your skin. Even if you don’t wear makeup, you should thoroughly cleanse and hydrate your face at night. Take your time cleansing your skin and if you have acne-prone skin, be gentle. Rubbing harshly can also cause irritation and spread bacteria.

Shop: Dermalogica Precleanse


Keeping dirty makeup brushes: You would never grab dirt off the ground and pat your face with it, so don’t let your makeup brushes go unwashed. Cleaning them regularly will help keep your skin free from unnecessary bacteria that can cause breakouts.

Shop: 2x Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove


The Season's Changed and so should your Skincare Routine

If you've noticed a change in your skin the last couple of weeks, you're not alone. The weather is slowly warming up with the changing season and that means it's time to re-evaluate your skincare products. Are you ready to spring clean your skincare routine? Follow these tips to keep your skin looking healthy.

1. Keep your skin hydrated and happy: When it's cold out, we tend to crank up the heat, causing our skin to feel dry and thirsty. Replenish the moisture you've lost during winter by hydrating your skin in spring. If it's feeling extra dry, pick up a treatment like Hyalo Plasma from Perricone MD. Three forms of Hyaluronic Acid will keep your skin soft, healthy and protected from dryness.


2. Load up on SPF: It's easy to become overzealous about spending time outdoors when the weather is a perfect 70 degrees outside, but don't forget your SPF. If you'e forgetful with your sunscreen, look for moisturizers, lotions and makeup that already has a built in SPF. Don't neglect your precious pout, either. Keep a tube of Sun Bum lip balm handy to keep your lips soft and protected.


5 Products That Will Make You Look Beautiful By Morning

Ladies, we all know how important getting our beauty sleep is. Getting the right amount of sleep not only allows your body to heal, but keeps you looking rested and youthful. There are also great beauty products that are specifically designed for nighttime use to help you wake up looking refreshed. If you're ready for that perfect I-woke-up-like-this-morning, then you have to give these overnight treatments a try. 

1. Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue: For beautiful and healthy-looking strands come morning, try Alterna's Overnight Hair Rescue from their anti-aging Caviar line. All you need to do is apply 2-3 pumps to dry hair, put it up in a bun or cap and call it a night. This healing treatment works while you sleep, moisturizing and repairing tired, stressed out hair. Ingredients like Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Keratin and Caviar Extract leave your hair softer and stronger than before. Make this a part of your nightly ritual 2 to 3 times a week for beautiful, shiny hair.

2. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil: We've all had those weeks where our skin gets a case of the blahs. You may be overworked and too tired to wash your face at night. You may have had a bad junk food week or you're drinking more coffee than water. Whatever the reason, nothing makes your skin feel better than a little detox. This amazing dry oil is used at night to renew and protect your skin while you get your beauty rest. 5 essential oils and 3 vegetal oils (all plant-based) work diligently through the night, improving cellular renewal while getting rid of aging toxins in your skin. You'll wake feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

Beauty Essentials for Every Snow Bunny

If you're planning on hitting the slopes this season, then you're going to need more than just your ski gear. Planet Beauty has all the beauty essentials you need to keep your skin and hair happy all weekend long. The next time you plan a trip, don't leave home without these must-haves!

1. CoTZ Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40: Don't be fall victim to a winter sunburn and keep your skin protected with this customer favorite from CoTZ Skin Care. More importantly, make sure to reapply as needed. The high altitude and reflection of UV rays on the snow are the perfect recipe for disaster if you don't protect your skin. The natural tone of this sunscreen evens out your skin tone and reduces the appearance of redness in your face, too. 

2. jane iredale LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm: Avoid dry, chapped lips and protect your lips against sunburn with this top-seller from jane iredale. A blend of waxes and oils smooth, soften and protect your lips from getting dry. Carrot and Avocado oils provide antioxidant protection, as well. Unlike balms that seem to sit on top of your lips, this one melts right into them for maximum moisture. 


Nighttime Skin Care Rituals to Follow For Better Skin

Achieving healthy-looking skin is is a full-time job and what you do at night can really make a difference in how your skin looks and feels. If one of your beauty resolutions is to take better care of your skin, then follow our nighttime rituals for beautiful and healthy skin. 

1. Remove your makeup thoroughly: Going to bed without taking your makeup off is a big no-no, so if you want to maintain healthy skin, be disciplined with this important skincare step. Make sure you thoroughly remove your makeup, too. Leaving traces behind can clog your pores and cause unwanted breakouts. Dermalogica's Precleanse will quickly dissolve your makeup and prep your skin for cleansing. Olive, Kukui and Apricot oils breakdown your face and eye makeup, leaving your skin refreshed and ready for the second cleanse. 

2. Boost cleansing with a skincare tool: Make your cleansing ritual more effective by giving your hands a break and letting a skincare device do the work. Both Clarisonic and Foreo LUNA offer your skin amazing cleansing benefits that will leave your skin glowing after each use.

3. Leave blemishes and pimples alone: When it comes to picking, the struggle is real. Experiencing a breakout is never fun, but you should always practice restraint when it comes to touching and poking at your face. Attempting to pop a pimple will only spread the bacteria and potentially leave a scar after. Kate Somerville's EradiKate Acne Treatment is great to use when skin starts flaring up. Formulated with Sulphur and Alpha Hydroxy Acids, this treatment will help keep your skin clear and free from imperfections.

Swap the Photo Filters for These Makeup Must-Haves

In the age of social media, it's all about putting your best selfie forward. Your hair and makeup may be on point one day. Your entire outfit may be on fleek one weekend. Sometimes, it's all about the right lighting and background. Other times, it's just about using the right filter to smooth out that little blemish on your chin. While filters are amazing (I just LOVE Valencia), isn't it exciting when you take a picture that you don't feel requires one? That unfiltered perfection can be achieved just by using camera-loving beauty products. The next time you think about snapping a selfie, use one of these amazing products beforehand for unfiltered success.

1. Murad's Invisiblur Perfecting Shield: What's better than a product that feels invisible on the skin and blurs out imperfections? How about one that erases the signs of aging and offers sunscreen protection as well? Murad's Invisblur Protecting Shield is great as a primer, but it also goes to work for your skin by utilizing mushroom peptides to restore loss of firmness and elasticity, while helping fight the visible signs of aging. Cucumber, Barley and Sunflower extracts keep your skin moisturized and youthful, as well.

2. Dermalogica Hydrablur: One of Dermalogica's newest products to make its way to our shelves, this primer is a necessity for anyone dealing with dry, parched skin. Made with an H2O Release Complex and Abyssinian Oil, skin is constantly recieving essential moisture while these key ingredients also lock in much-needed hydration. Whu-Zhu-Yu Fruit Extract gives your skin a boost of radiant the natural astringent of Mushroom keeps pores and wrinkles minimized. Micro-encapsulated tint activates upon application to even out skin tone. Skin is left looking smooth and dewy.

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