skin care

How to Make the Most of Your Skincare Shopping Experience

Making the upgrade from drugstore skincare to high-end skincare can be an equally exciting and daunting experience if you’re not totally skincare savvy. While scanning reviews online is a good way to start, it shouldn’t be your lone guide to purchasing a new skincare regimen. Luckily, there are plenty of knowledgeable and helpful beauty advisors at Planet Beauty that can help you find products that will work best for your skin. If you’re thinking about investing in high-quality skincare, here are some helpful tips to make the most of your experience.

1. Address your needs: Before you even shop, think about what areas of concern you want to work on. Since so many skincare lines have customized lines, you can get overwhelmed quickly with the amount of choices you have. Jot down what concerns you the most about your skin and what areas you would like to improve. If there is a particular skincare line you’ve wanted to try, keep that in mind. If you’re curious about certain ingredients or if there is an ingredient you might be allergic to, write those down, as well.

2. Ask for samples: The ultimate goal of every beauty advisor is to help you find products you’re going to love using. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. One thing to keep in mind is that you won’t see results overnight from trying a sample, but you can at least get the feel of a product and test for allergic reactions if you have sensitive skin.


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Top Exfoliating Products for that Summer Glow

If you're looking forward to wearing lighter makeup for summer, you're going to want to put your best skin forward. One of my favorite skincare habits is exfoliating and I love nothing more than feeling my baby soft skin after I've used a good product. This summer, feel confident in your skin and check out my favorite exfoliating products for that healthy glow.

For customizable exfoliation, my go-to product is Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant. It's gentle enough for everyday use and can be used alone or mixed with your favorite Dermalogica cleanser (I like Special Cleansing Gel). Formulated with Papain, Salicylic Acid, Rice Enzymes and a Brightening Complex, your complexion is left softer, smoother and visibly brighter. If you're a babe on a budget, you'll love how long this product lasts, too.

If you're always struggling with how much product you should be using, then you'll love the convenience of Radical Skincare's Age-Defying Exoliating Pads. Made with both beta hydroxy acids and alpha hydroxy acids, these pads really pack a punch, removing dead skin cells, supporting cellular turnover, minimizing pores and fine lines, leaving skin looking absolutely radiant. If you have sensitive skin, don't worry. These pads also contain Chamomile to calm and soothe your skin.

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

Hot Picks for November

November is here and so is the official start of the holiday season! This November, the team at Planet Beauty has picked 3 must-haves that will get you through the decorating, endless lists and countless versions of Jingle Bells! Whether you're looking for something to keep your skin in check, your well-being in check, or you're simply looking for something cute and useful for you, Planet Beauty's got your back. 

Don't let a cold, flu or stress bring you down this month. This November, we invite you to stop and take a moment to relax with the healing power of Kneipp's Rescue Kit. These Herbal Baths are formulated with powerful plant essential oils to help keep your mind and body well-balanced and happy. Whether you need a bath to ward off illness or you just need to relax after a stressful day or workout, this kit has everything you need. Look for Eucalyptus to help relieve cold and sinus pressure. Use Juniper to soothe achy muscles. Try Lavender to help you feel balanced and comforted. Make a bath with Valerian and Hops for a good night's rest. Give yourself a dose of bliss with Red Poppy. Whatever you choose, we know you'll feel instantly better after.

Glamour Magazine's 2014 Glammy Winners

Glamour Magazine has listed its 2014 Glammy Winners and we are proud to see some of Planet Beauty's own favorites and top-sellers on the list! Check out some of the winners and see if any of your must-have products made the cut. 

Best Foundation: A 10th time Glammy winner, it's no surprise that Bare Minerals foundation takes the prize yet again. A favorite among women of all ages, this foundation feels light, offers great coverage and looks beautiful on virtually all skin types.

Best Facial Cleanser: Philosophy Purity Cleanser effectively removes makeup and tightens pores while keeping skin balanced and fresh. Ingredients like Sage, Chamomile and Carrot invigorate your senses and soothe your skin. 

Best Gadget Tool or Innovation: Ladies, if you don't already own a Clarisonic Mia 2, put it on your wish list this holiday season. You will never cleanse with your hands again once you've felt the power of Clarisonic on your skin. 

Best Fragrance: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy takes the cake for fragrance because it's a fresh, fun and sexy perfume you can wear all year long. The scent of berries, warm Vanilla and Jasmine never gets old.

Best Bronzer or Self-Tanner: Summer may be coming to an end, but it doesn't mean your tan has to. St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse gives you a beautiful, sun-kissed glow that will have you turning heads year-round.

Best Nail Polish: OPI, OPI, OPI we love you. OPI Polish never disappoints us with their gorgeous new shades and endless creative and fun names.

Ideas for a Girl's Night In

We always talk about the need for a girl's night out, but when's the last time you had a fun, girl's night IN? Popping open a bottle or two of wine and spending time with the girls at home can always be a blast. What better way to bond with your favorite gals than to treat each other to some beauty treatments? After all, with busy schedules and lives, many of us have a hard time pressing the pause button. Whether you're looking to plan a simple Friday night in or a low-key bachelorette party, check out some of my ideas for your beauty shindig. 

1. Facial Mask Party:
What you'll need: Refreshing drinks (for summer, I love a good basil-cucumber water), delicious fruit salad, homemade trail mix, your favorite face masque, facial towels, disposable beauty spatulas and of course, a clutter-free sink for your guests.

Make your gals feel like they're at the best spa in town! Face masks can be so therapeutic for your skin and can give you the boost you need for a beautiful complexion. Whether you're looking to detox and remove impurities or simply hydrate and firm, Planet Beauty has an array of masks to choose from. Some of my favorites include: GLAMGLOW'S Youth Mud, Rodial's Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask and Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask. If you still haven't tried Perricone's new Chloro Plasma, you must. It's definitely on my top new favorites. If you choose a clay mask that hardens, I suggest a fun game to see which one of your girlfriends "cracks" first. Trust me, it's harder not to smile with friends around.

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.

Shh, Don't Give It Away!

Going to the salon for root touch-ups is second nature to a lot of women. Every four weeks, appointments are made and hair is refreshed and beautiful once again. After all, no one wants to have those pesky grays peeking out. Women go to great lengths to avoid those telling patches of grey and white, often keeping products handy at home for in-between salon visits. However, there are two areas women often neglect among the frenzy of hair color.

Our hands and neck often fall victims to the early signs of aging. The tell-tale markers present themselves in the form of wrinkles, loss of elasticity and more often than not, age spots. For some women, this seems to happen overnight and can be quite surprising. If you're one of the few who still hasn't seen it, then I suggest some preventative action to keep yourself looking healthy and youthful. 

Jurlique's Purely Age-Defying Hand Treatment is rich with Vitamin C, Jojoba, Tumeric and Safflower Seed Oil to moisturize and brighten up discoloration and uneven skin tone. Use just once and you'll notice a difference in how soft and silky your hands feel. Another great option is Mavala's Anti-Blemish Cream for Hands. Packed with botanical extracts and free of harsh chemicals, this hand cream exfoliates skin to eliminate dead skin, restore moisture and improve radiance. For a more natural option, pick up Caudalie's Hand and Nail Cream. Infused with rich antioxidants, this hand cream is lightweight and has a beautiful orange fragrance to invigorate your senses. 

The Doctor is in!

When it comes to skin care, your options are endless! Suppose you are looking for something that can be aggressive with your skin care concerns, but also more on the natural side. Or, what if you want something aggressive and don’t care about what chemicals are in it?  Either way, you want something that is backed up by research and proven to work.  And what better way to see results than with skin care formulated and researched by the people we go to with our every little concern: doctors!  That’s right, dermatologists have skin care lines too, and Planet Beauty carries lines by several of the best.  This blog is dedicated to giving you and education in people who have dedicated their lives to making you beautiful!

 dr dennis gross extra strength alpha beta peel The Doctor is in!

PB Spotlight: Rodial!

Good day, beauties, and welcome back to another installment of beautifying tips and tricks from your favorite Blogging BeautyBuff!  This week, a spotlight on a line that’s taking Planet Beauty—and the US—by storm!  You’ve undoubtedly seen the line at your local store, and have definitely read about it on our lovely blog, but here is a whole blog dedicated to the newest European transplant to hit US shelves: UK based company Rodial!  With product ranges to target your every skin care need, Rodial is sure to become a quick favorite of Planet Beauty shoppers—it already is making waves with the Buffs who sell it!  Read on for information about this hot new line!

Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum 300x296 PB Spotlight: RODIAL!

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