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. 

Our August Beauty Picks Are All About Your Skin

Planet Beauty’s August Beauty Picks are in and this month, it’s all about your skin! Caring for your skin is always important and we’re putting the spotlight on two of our beloved brands to get you through the last month of summer.

Whether you’re looking for a new skincare regimen, planning a vacation or looking for a special gift, Dermalogica has just what you need with their skincare travel kits. If you’ve never tried Dermalogica and have always wanted to, the travel kits are the perfect way to start a new skincare regimen. Customized for every skin type, there is a kit for everyone to choose from. These travel-sized kits also make it easy for you to toss in your suitcase for traveling. For anyone who enjoys the gift of beauty, this makes a wonderful present for the skincare junkies in your life.  If you’re unsure what kit best suits you, stop by your local Planet Beauty and ask for a sample or make an appointment for a face-mapping session. Dermalogica’s face-mapping technique helps you pinpoint your problem areas and pick out the best products for your skin type and condition. As we end the summer and make our way into fall, this is a great way to revamp your beauty routine.

Prevent Aging Eyes in Your 20s

Whenever I sit customers down for eye makeup application, the first question I tend to ask is, "What eye cream do you use?" The response I usually get from my customers in their late 20's and early 30's is silence. At first, I was always surprised by this. Then I realized it made perfect sense. After all, most commercials and magazine ads target more mature women for anti-aging products. So, it made sense that someone in their late 20's wouldn't even be looking at eye cream. I only started using eye cream because my mom always emphasized preventative skin care to fight aging. If you're between 25-35 and thinking of adding an eye cream into your skin care regimen, check out some of my top picks. 

1. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado: This customer-favorite is the perfect beginner's eye cream. It's super creamy and moisturizes the delicate under eye area with ingredients like Avocado Oil, Beta-Carotene and Shea Butter. Ophthamologist and Dermatologist-tested, this eye cream is gentle enough for those with sensitive eyes. $28

2. Perricone MD's Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream: If you're starting to see little crow's feet showing up or battle dark circles and dryness, this eye cream is a must-have. Made with a powerful blend of antioxidants, Tocotrienols and Neuropeptides, this eye cream doesn't mess around. Olive Polyphenols offer rich antioxidant benefits, while Tocotrienols fight dryness to nourish the eye area. Neuropeptides work to restore firmness and elasticity, leaving eyes wonderfully hydrated. $65

Moisturizers for Dry, Winter Skin

Winter is officially here and that means it may be time for a new moisturizer. The cool weather can leave skin feeling sensitized, while the use of heaters can leave your skin dry, causing it to feel parched and itchy. Feeling skin discomfort can be common this during this time of the year, especially if you live in an area that snows. If you've been thinking of updating your beauty regimen, then check out some of our favorite moisturizers to soothe dry skin.

As a dedicated  Dr. Perricone skincare user, I find that all of the moisturizers in the line are nourishing, however, the one I recommend the most this time of the year is Deep Moisture Therapy. Anyone with dry, flaky skin will appreciate the antioxidants and nutrients this moisturizer has to offer. Tocotrienols (potent form of Vitamin E), Vitamin C Ester and a mix of Borage Seed, Coconut and Palm Oils help to instantly relieve skin, leaving it soft and supple with a velvety finish.

Dermalogica's Age Smart Super Rich Repair also relieves dry skin with moisturizing and healing ingredients like Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil and Collodial Oatmeal. A great nighttime moisturizer, this heavy duty cream can also be used as a protective salve before going out in less than pleasant weather conditions. A customer favorite, this moisturizer is a must-try.

Gifts for Him

Ladies, are you scrambling for gift ideas for the special man in your life? Have you exhausted him with sports memorabilia and sweaters he only wears once a year? This year, give your guy something he'll use daily. Men's grooming products are always a great choice and you'll get to benefit as well. 

A great fragrance is always a wonderful gift choice. Dolce & Gabbana's The One For Men is such a winning choice this time of the year. This masculine fragrance is a marriage of spiciness and sensuality. Notes of Tobacco, Coriander, Basil, Grapefruit, Ginger, Orange Blossom, Cedar, Cardamom and Ambergris marinate together for the perfect fragrance that is masculine, sexy and sophisticated. Your guy will love the reaction he gets wearing this best-selling eau de toilette. 

If you're with a man who loves keeping his hair nicely groomed, give him the gift of convenience with the Wahl Peanut Clipper/Trimmer. This wonderful 4 inch clipper/trimmer is versatile and perfect for anyone looking to clean up a haircut or trim a beard. The ergonomically design makes it easy to handle and use for all trimming/clipping jobs.

Fight Breakouts with Dermalogica's latest treatment

Dealing with adult acne can not only be stressful, but sometimes, it can actually cause physical pain and discomfort. Most products on the market will utilize Salicylic or Benzoyl Peroxide. Both are wonderful ingredients that have been proven to treat acne, however, not everyone's skin can tolerate their strength. If you're one of these people, then I encourage you to try Dermalogica's newest treatment, Breakout Control. 

This gel is perfect for anyone who simply can't use products with Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. Whether you're pregnant, nursing, or just looking for another alternative, you'll appreciate the natural antibacterial agents in this gel treatment. Lactobacillus Ferment works to clear your skin and prevent breakouts without over-drying, which can make your face feel uncomfortable and itchy. An Azelaic Acid derivative then helps control excess oil production which can also lead to breakouts, while improving the tone and texture of your skin. Colloidal Silver eliminates bacteria and control acne, while Tea Tree and Zinc Sulfate sooth the skin, minimizing redness and discomfort. Say goodbye to redness and take control of your breakouts! 

Tips for happier skin: 

  • Avoid touching your face unecessarily
  • Always wash your face before bed
  • Keep makeup brushes and pillow cases clean
  • Use a clean towel to dry your face
  • Drink plenty of water and practice healthy eating and sleeping habits


5 Face Serums You Need to Try Before The End of the Year

With cooler, dry weather often comes parched skin, particularly if you live in a state where it snows. Most of us change our moisturizer to fit the changing season. However, some of us may find that we're still in need of a little something extra. Using a face serum can really offer some great hydrating benefits, while giving skin the additional love it needs during fall and winter. If you've been on the quest to find one that suits your skins needs, check out some of our favorites.

1. Dr. Perricone's Chia Serum: Nourish and hydrate your skin with this luxurious, multi-tasking serum. Rare extracts of chia oil and fat soluble essential vitamins heck to transform dry, dull skin to a glowing, radiant complexion. This lightweight serum is good for all skin types and helps protect skin against moisture loss and free radical damage. Use it alone or cocktail with your favorite moisturizer for maximum results. You can also use this serum before applying your foundation for a beautiful, smooth finish. 

2. Dermalogica's Overnight Repair Serum: Part of Dermalogica's Age Smart line, this powerful peptide-infused serum is enriched with Argan and Rose Oils to hydrate and soothe your skin. Use nightly to stimulate cellular repair and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Wear it alone or mix it into  your favorite nighttime moisturizer for a firming boost that will leave your skin looking luminous and radiant. 

October Featured Picks of the Month

This month, Planet Beauty is featuring three--that's right, not one, not two, but three awesome must-haves to get you through October. With the changing weather, we want to ensure you feel good from head to toe. Sure, maybe those of us in California--particularly the Southern part, experience a very subtle change. However, even the slightest changes in weather can make a difference in how you feel. For my friends back east, I realize the change is a lot greater. Wherever you might be, the last part of the year can definitely feel cooler and dryer, leaving your skin feeling more dehydrated than normal and your body more susceptible to illness. Check out our must-haves for a smooth October.

Windy, cool weather can have quite the negative effect on your skin. Flaking, sensitivity and redness can all result from dehydrated skin. Give your skin a hydrating boost with Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating Booster. This light-weight treatment can be used to treat specific areas of the skin, or on the entire face and neck. Ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and Algae Extract work almost instantly to relieve dryness and discomfort in the skin. Layer it on with your other skincare products or mix it in with your favorite Dermalogica moisturizer. Whether or not your skin is chronically dry, you'll want to have this treatment handy to keep your skin hydrated, plump and healthy. 


A New Brightening Trio Has Arrived

If your skin needs a brightening boost, Dermalogica has a new trio system to give you a healthy, gorgeous glow. The new Powerbright TRX system replaces the previous ChromaWhite regimen and is a condensed, improved and is easier to incorporate into your skincare routine. These three new products are the perfect solution for Dermalogica fans whose main concern is hyperpigmentation and discoloration of the skin.

C-12 PureBright Serum is a light-weight, powerful and active topical treatment that fights hyperpigmentation all day long. This advanced formula absorbs effortlessly into the skin, working quickly to increase skin luminosity. Dermalogica's exclusive blend of oligopeptides, rice-derived Phytic Acid, antioxidant Zinc Glycinate and Red and Brown Algae work together to regulate the overproduction of melanin, while treating hyperpigmentation. Over time, skin looks brighter and smoother. 

Follow with Dermalogica's Pure Light SPF 50. This medium-weight moisturizer is ideal before makeup application. This new daytime SPF contains Oleosome technology, which uses natural plant spheres filled with sunscreen to boost performance. A powerful peptide helps regulate melanin, while a potent blend of Red and Brown Algae and botanical extracts help balance uneven and discolored skin tone. Hyaluronic acid strengthens skin's natural moisture barrier, reducing the appearance of fine lines. 

Soothing Treatments to the Rescue

Experiencing face sensitivity can be quite uncomfortable to deal with. Your skin can suddenly feel extremely warm to the touch, itchy and just downright painful. Whether you were born with naturally sensitive skin or have recently experienced sensitized skin due to sun damage or facial treatments, it's important to use a soothing treatment. Using a treatment can help calm your skin and relieve it from redness and pain. The next time you're in need of a serious soothing treatment, consider some of our customer favorites.

Dermalogica's Ultra-Calming Serum Concentrate: Part of a an entire system dedicated to sensitive and sensitized skin, this serum helps calm stressed, reactive skin with collagen-stimulating peptides that help skin's tolerance to future irritation. Their exclusive UltraCalming Complex is made up of Oat and botanical active ingredients that work to fight inflammation that causes sensitivity. It also helps minimize discomfort caused by burning and itching. Oil of Evening Primrose, Avocado and Sunflower Seed Extracts protect skin against future sensitivity by restoring the skin's natural lipid barrier. 

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