Skincare

Pencil In Strivectin

In the beauty industry, there are always new lines that are launching, which makes working in this environment exciting. While newness can offer that excitement we all yearn for while on our search for the latest and greatest, there is something special about lines that are considered tried and true. I like to call these lines our classics. StriVectin is definitely one of those classic lines. While their research has led them to create new and improved formulas, their core beliefs have been unchanged. For StriVectin, it's always been about science. With the winter months a little closer now, I suggest you check out two of their most beloved and highly-rated products. 

While there are many factors that can cause our skin to look mature, most customers would agree that their biggest aging concern is wrinkles. StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate not only helps significantly diminish fine lines and wrinkles, but stretch marks, as well. Made with StriVectin's exclusive and patented NIA-114 technology and Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex. Peptide actives go to work to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. The texture of skin is improved and discoloration caused by stretch marks is visibly diminished. Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid keep skin moisturized and unbelievable soft. 

September Products of the Month

The post Labor Day slump isn't always fun to deal with. Between going back to work after a long weekend or prepping your kids for back to school, life can feel just a tad draining. All the summer fun may have caught up to you, leaving you feeling sluggish and unmotivated. If you're experiencing a case of the lazies, then I invite you to try our beauty picks for a sensational September. As most of you know, summertime fun can cause our skin and hair to look a little dull. What better way to ease into fall than to give your hair and skin a boost of radiance?

Invigorate your senses and treat your skin to a luxurious facial at home with Tata Harper's Purely Powerful four-step kit. Whether you're concerned with discoloration, enlarged pores, lack of moisture or wrinkles in general, then this kit is a must-have. The Regenerating Cleanser not only gently exfoliates, but treats your skin as well, acting as a 4-in-1 product. Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates skin, while Pomegranate enzymes work to dissolve debris, eliminating blackheads and reducing the size of pores. Willow Bark combats breakouts, reducing redness and inflammation present in the skin while French Pink Clay detoxifies, stimulating circulation and keeping pores tight and small. Free of alcohol, soaps and detergents, this cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean, hydrated and smooth. 

Post-Pregnancy Pick-Me-Ups

Having a baby always turns things upside down when it comes to sleeping, eating and showering schedules. It doesn't matter if you're a first-time, second-time or third-time mom. When that baby arrives, it can be hard to find the time for YOU. If you're in need of a little post-pregnancy boost, check out some of our top-picks for our super moms. 

1. mama mio's Keep Calm Nipple Balm: Breastfeeding can cause all kinds sensitivity, soreness and dryness so it's important to keep nipples moisturized and happy. Keep Calm Nipple Balm is made with medical grade Lanolin, Organic Shea Butter, Calendula, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil. Nipples are instantly soothed, hydrated and protected. If you end up with an extra bottle once you're done breastfeeding, you can use it as a balm for lips, cuticles and the driest areas on your body. 

2. mama mio's Goodbye Stretch Marks: There is no shame in embracing the tiger stripes that come with having a baby, but if if you're looking for a way to soften their appearance, Goodbye Stretch Marks is a wonderful remedy. Skin is instantly nourished with peptides, anti-aging fruit and algae extracts. Over time, stretch marks will be softer and less noticeable. 

3. Rodial's NEW Dragons Blood Eye Masks: When you're a mom, sleep is a luxury. Waking up at all hours of the night and then trying to play catch up during the day isn't easy and can really take a toll on your under eye area. Soothe puffy eyes and brighten dark circles with these amazing new masks from Rodial. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates, firms and plumps the under eye area while Arnica helps reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. 

Featured August Must-Haves

This August, Planet Beauty is inviting you to get in touch with your inner Parisian goddess. With two wonderful products from Nuxe Paris and one from Rene Furterer Haircare, you'll be looking radiant come fall. If you're in need of a beauty pick-me-up or a new thermal protector for styling, stop by your local Planet Beauty and check out our August Must-Haves.

Any product that instantly makes our skin glow is always a winner. However, a product that makes our skin glow AND has additional skincare benefits is a champion. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse multi-purpose dry oil contains a variety of six essential, planet-derived oils which include Camellia, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut and Macadamia for a dose of intense moisture. Work a few drops in your hands and smooth over your body, face and hair. Any areas that are rough or dry will instantly feel softer and smoother. Vitamin E helps heal the driest skin patches, giving you much-needed relief. Its light fragrance is ideal for this time of the year. 

If you're looking for a gorgeous, celebrity-inspired golden glow, then try Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR. You'll still get the benefits of moisturizing and healing essential oils with the added golden shimmer that makes your skin look Red Carpet-worthy. Tiny flecks of gold make your skin look radiant, enhancing the look of your skin and drawing attention to the beautiful aspects of your legs, neck and arms. If your hair is lacking some serious shine from too much time at the pool, apply a tiny amount into your hands and work from your ends up. 

Spotlight on Sun Bum

If it's time to replenish your supply of sunscreen and you have yet to try any of Sun Bum's products, then put it on your list of must-haves the next time you're at your local Planet Beauty. 

Four years ago, Sun Bum was created in Cocoa Beach, Florida and continues to grow in popularity. From the East Coast to the West Coast, sun-loving folks rely on the high-quality brand and products that Sun Bum provides. Whether you're shopping for yourself or your little ones, Sun Bum is guaranteed to have something perfect for you and your family. 

All of Sun Bums sunscreens are tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation, which is internationally recognized for its education and leadership regarding skin cancer prevention. In recent years, Sun Bum has been featured time and time again in style, celebrity and fashion magazines, winning accolades for its performance, affordability and family-friendly products. 

While Sun Bum is seen as a care-free company who loves to get their fans involved in fun contests and beach lovin' fun, they also spend a significant amount of time giving back to the community, working with foundations like Surfers for Autism, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Pipeline to A Cure, Slater Brother's Invitational and of course, The Skin Foundation. 

Whether you're shopping for your next favorite sunscreen or are in dire need of a soothing treatment post-sunburn, Sun Bum has you covered.

Happy surfing, sailing, boarding, BBQing, etc!

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. 

Featured July Must-Haves

It's a new month and that means trying new beauty must-haves. Our team at Planet Beauty is excited to share their July picks for every beauty loving' junkie. If you've been itching to try a new product this month, then we welcome you stop in and check one of these out.

A few posts ago, I mentioned some of our top favorite products for minimizing pores and refining skin. Murad's Skin Smoothing Polish can be added to that list, as well. This face cleanser and treatment works to clear blackheads and clogged pores using micro-polishing beads. Witch Hazel and Cinnamon Extract help restore balance in the oil production in your skin while tightening pores. Starflower Extract leaves skin feeling softer than ever. This is the perfect treatment for anyone who loves the feeling of a powerful grainy scrub. Use 2-3 times a week and see your skin's glow improve significantly. 

We're always big fans of products that help prevent and reverse the signs of aging. If you're still in search of the right sunscreen, maybe it's time to try Sonya Dakar's MicroVenom Daily Defense with SPF 30. This ultra lightweight sunscreen pairs synthetic snake venom (Syn-ake) with the micro-delivery power of Apple Stem Cell Technology to give you an anti-aging sunscreen unlike any other. Skin is left feeling beautifully supple, looking radiant and younger than before. This month, Planet Beauty will also offer a special 25% discount. You have to try it.

Want Soft Feet All Summer Long?

Summer is all about showing off our feet and cute, colorful toe polish. Flip flops, sandals, wedges and open-toed heels seem to overpower our style for months, leaving our feet feeling less than pleasant. It's important to take special care of our feet during this time of the year, as they can start to feel dry and callused. If you're looking for some great products to keep your feet soft all summer long,  check out my list of must-haves!

Clarisonic facial cleansing systems have been leaving the skin on our face looking radiant and beautiful for years. Now, they have their very own Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation. With three speeds available, you can really customize your own treatment, depending on your specific needs. The pedi smoothing disc smooths out the roughest, callused skin on your feet, leaving them feeling so much more softer. The wet/dry buffing brush head helps exfoliate and buff away dryness and dead skin, as well. Included with the Pedi Sonic Foot is Clarisonic's Pedi-Buff, Pedi-Balm and Pedi-Boost. All three products help exfoliate, soften and moisturize, leaving your feet feeling heavenly. If you love doing your own pedicures from home, this is definitely worth the investment. 

Another great product to try is Bliss' Foot Patrol. This magical little tube really goes to work for you by exfoliating AND softening your skin. Peppermint Oil relieves fatigued feet, while Salicylic and Glycolic Acids help to exfoliate rough, dry skin. Aloe Vera keeps feet soft and healed. 

Pore-Shrinking Products We Love

Are you going through a seasonal skin freakout? Do your pores seem larger than normal? If your skin type is combination/oily, then I know you're familiar with this very common skin concern. While we can't control our skin type, we can take charge and use the right kind of skincare to help our skin look as flawless as possible. Many habits contribute to how big or small our pores look: sleeping with makeup on, using products that are too heavy, not cleansing properly, etc. If you're looking to try something new for pores, check out some of our go-to products.

A good cleanser will really make a big difference in how your skin looks on a daily basis, especially if you're more oily. It's particularly important to cleanse well if you wear makeup every single day. After all, residue left behind can clog pores and potentially cause breakouts. Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Cleanser foams beautifully for a deep, refreshing cleanse. Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark and Tea Tree Oil all work simultaneously to exfoliate, purify and calm the skin. He has a full range of products that target pores, so if you need a little extra help, consider pairing this cleanser with something else from this regimen. 

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness month and with summer officially weeks away, it's important to stay protected from the sun's hazardous rays and be on the lookout for any changes in moles and birth marks. It's also important to make sure you don't forget to protect your lips and ears, as they are the two most forgotten about areas to apply sun protection. With so many wonderful options to choose from, we narrowed down 5 products to check out.
1. CoTZ Face: A non-chemical sunscreen formulated with minerals, we love CoTZ and its sheer, matte finish. This sunscreen does not contain any fragrance and works beautifully as a primer before makeup and is completely oil free. You can use the light formula or tinted one if you want some added color.
2. Murad Environmental Shield Essential C Balm SPF 35: If you're an active person who needs an easy to carry and apply sunscreen, this balm is a great alternative to lotion sunscreens. It's extremely compact and won't spill in your bag, which is great if you're traveling, too.

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