County Fair Detox Tips

Summer doesn't feel complete until you've made a trip to your county fair. A day at the fair can be filled with so many memories, but it can also leave you feeling quite gross the day after. Your skin may feel parched from being outdoors all day. You may be dehydrated from drinking too many strawberry lemonades. Your stomach might regret that deep-fried, Texas-style turkey leg with chocolate and sprinkles--or was it bacon? You may not even remember all the junk food consumed. All you DO know is you need a county fair detox, ASAP. 

If you found yourself distracted by the carnival lights or scents of deep-fried foods and didn't reapply your sunscreen, then you're probably going to need something soothing for you sun-parched skin. Refresh and hydrate your skin with Sun Bum's Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion. Soothing Aloe helps cool down skin while Vitamin E hydrates your skin, restoring your skin's moisture and protecting it from peeling. Cocoa Butter keeps your skin ultra soft and healthy-looking.

In the process of recovering, I suggest treating your skin to a facial treatment. If your skin's been in the sun all day, Dermalogica's Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque is just what you need. Enriched with the most powerful antioxidants, this masque helps skin recover from sun damage while protecting it from future free radicals. Algae Extract helps boost skins moisture while Burdock, Licorice and Comfrey calm your skin from any sensitivity. Vitamin B5 brings nourishment to damaged skin, leaving it feeling softer and revitalized. 

Get the best sexy summer legs

If you're dreading that upcoming summer wedding because your dress requires showing off your legs, I'm here to put you at ease. This month, I invite you to try a few simple tricks to get those sexy summer legs you want. I guarantee you'll be showing them off more frequently.

Exfoliate: The first step to attaining beautiful legs is getting rid of any dead skin. kai body polish is a summer favorite because it smells wonderful, gives your body a powerful exfoliation, and hydrates your skin with ingredients like Jojoba Oil and Grape Seed Extract. You will also find Cucumber Extract and Aloe, which helps refresh tired skin. Another sensational summer scrub is Pure Fiji's Coconut Sugar Rub. Raw Sugar Cane provides natural Alpha Hydroxy acids which works to polish away dead skin, while cold-pressed Virgin Coconut and other blends of oils help to moisturize and nourish dry skin. 

Shave: The first rule to a good shave is making sure your razor is clean and you have the right shaving product. For a close leg shave, you can use Dermalogica's Close Shave Oil. It was created with men in mind, but it works great for women, too. If you've never tried shaving with an oil, this is the perfect time of year to try it. 

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is less than two weeks away and we know how hard it can be to shop for dad. Before you pick up that gift card or new lawn mower (trust us, he probably doesn't want a gift associated with house chores) take a look at our top picks for dad!

1. The Art of Shaving Soap with Wooden Bowl: If dad is slightly traditional, he'll appreciate this moisturizing bar of soap to get an old-school wet shave. Glycerin and coconut oil keep skin smooth and protected for a comfortable, close shave. Choose from Lavender, Lemon or Sandalwood fragrance. It also comes in an unscented option. Check out other gift ideas from The Art of Shaving on our website.

2. Wahl Designer Professional Clipper: Always a top-seller at Planet Beauty, this clipper is perfect for the savvy dad who doesn't want to spend money visiting a barber every two or three weeks. A light-weight design, the Designer cuts wet or dry hair and offers six attachment combs for a customized style. If dad seems to be buying a new clipper every year, it may be time to invest in a higher quality one.

Sun Recovery Must-Haves for Summer

Summer vacations always bring much needed joy and relief from hectic schedules and busy lives. Nothing is more fun than spending a little time out by the pool or beach, soaking up vitamin D and spending time with family and friends. However, sometimes we overindulge in under-the-sun fun, leaving our hair feeling a little dry and our skin looking a little dull. Check out some of our favorite summer beauty fixes to keep your skin and hair looking beautiful all season long. 

Sunburns happen more often than we'd like to admit. If you've ever dozed off while laying out by the pool or simply forgot to re-apply sunblock, then you've probably experienced a sunburn or two. We all know that terrible burning, itchy feeling of discomfort. You'll do anything to end the painful experience. If you find yourself sunburned this summer, check out Dermalogica's After Sun Repair. Our featured product for June, we know this healing, lightweight gel will come in handy for our sun-loving friends. Ingredients like cucumber, aloe and rose flower oil help to soothe irritated skin, offering a cooling relief, replenishing moisture and minimizing redness. Once summer is over, you can even use this after waxing treatments year-round. 

Essential Buys for Every Guy

Beauty isn't just for women. More men seem to be interested in trying a different hairstyle, playing with facial hair and taking care of their skin, too. Caring a little extra about appearance isn't anything to be ashamed of. Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, David Beckham and Joseph Gordon-Levitt all know a thing or two about being stylish from head to toe. It's no surprise that ladies go crazy for them. Who doesn't admire a guy who puts his best foot forward, too? If you need a little inspiration, check out our top 5 must-haves products for every guy.

1. A Go-To Styling Product: Every guy needs his go-to hair product. Whether it's a gel, pomade or wax, choose something that you find easy to use. If you want a polished, professional look, American Crew's Fiber is always a favorite. It has a high hold with low shine and helps to texturize hair, giving it some fullness. For a stronger, matte finish, Enjoy's Dry Wax is always a top-seller among guys. If you want to recreate a classy, polished look like Brad Pitt at the Oscars this year, Layrite's Original Pomade will do the trick. We know there are tons of products to choose from, so experiment until you find something you love.

Music Festival Survivor Guide!

Next month, thousands of people will flock to Indio, California for two of So Cal’s biggest music festivals. Coachella and Stagecoach always deliver with some of the greatest musicians traveling from all over the world to share their music and talent. Being outdoors all day listening to amazing musical acts can be such a spiritual experience. However, it can be easy to get caught up in the day and forget all about your usual beauty routine. If you’re one of the lucky ones who will be in attendance this year, then let you’re going to need some festival survival products to enhance your experience.

SPF, SPF, SPF: Ladies, if you’re going to be out in the sun all day, you’re going to need more than that cute hat to protect you from the sun’s damaging and harmful rays. A few of our favorites include Coola’s Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, Sun Bum’s Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion and Dermalogica’s newest Protection 50 Sport. If you went too long without re-applying and end up with a sunburn, then you’ll either need Sun Bum’s Cool Down Gel or Dermalogica’s After Sun Repair. Both will instantly relieve the burn and cool your skin, perfect after a hot day outside.

So You Slept in Your Makeup... Again.

We’ve all been there.  Maybe you did it last weekend—either way, if you don’t do something about it, it can turn into a big problem.  Ugh, sleeping in your makeup  seems like a good idea at the time—but do it too often and your skin is going to start to resemble the surface of the moon.  When we’re at rest, our skin is actually up all night working hard to repair the damage we’ve caused it during the day, and it has a way tough time doing that when there’s a layer of dirt, oil, & makeup.  Hey, it’s ok—just follow the steps to undoing the damage and get your skin back to glowing!

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Scrub a Dub Dub!

We talk about exfoliation, how often you should do it, chemical exfoliation versus manual exfoliation, and which ones are best for certain skin types.  But all that is mumbo jumbo unless you know what the words mean!  Well, beauties, here’s your guide to decoding the wonderful world of exfoliation!

So what exactly is exfoliating?  You wash your face, moisturize, occasionally throw in a serum or an eye cream– what more do you need?  Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Why bother? After skin cells form, they trek through the epidermis toward the top layer — drying out and dying along the way. Ick. When cells reach the surface, they build up, making your skin look thick, rough and lifeless. Beauties over 30 years old are more prone to cell buildup, because natural cell turnover tends to slow as we age. Exfoliation takes care of this buildup, replacing the dead cells on the surface of your skin with fresher, healthier cells.  Ever see people who seem to have glowing skin? I’ll bet you they exfoliate.  Regularly. 

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