Meet the 4 Products Byrdie’s Senior Editor Uses for a Fresh-Faced Holiday Look

From a powerful retinoid to a festive lip balm.

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After over a year of social distancing from friends and family, I think we can all agree that we deserve some quality time with our loved ones this holiday season. But with the full-fledged return of the holidays also means the return of holiday chaos. Whether you’re planning the perfect holiday party right down to the evergreen-adorned napkins or anxiously tracking your online gift orders, stress is no stranger come December. 

Amidst the chaos, it’s so important to carve out time for self-care this season—whatever that means for you. For me, it’s ordering all of my gifts early from a trusted retailer to avoid shipping stress, treating myself to a few splurge items, and investing a little extra time in my skincare routine. That’s why this year, Dermstore is my absolute go-to for gifting loved ones and myself the ultimate gift of feeling their best this holiday season. So what exactly am I shopping this year? Ahead, discover my top Dermstore picks for a fresh-faced, radiant glow this holiday season—we all deserve it. 

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum

Retinoid Serum
Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum $85.00

If you aren’t already familiar with retinoids, it’s time to cozy up and get comfortable with this miracle ingredient. Retinoids are powerful exfoliants that decongest pores, slough away dead skin cells, prevent and treat fine lines, and promote a clearer, more brilliant complexion. They’re one of the most powerful anti-aging products available to us, and the sooner you start using one, the better your skin will fare down the line. This formula from Sunday Riley is my absolute go-to for both my own routine and to gift to others. It’s incredibly potent, and features an easy-to-apply serum-like viscosity. I’ve been using this product consistently for a year now and my skin has never been clearer, brighter, or fresher looking—I’ve even given up my full-coverage foundations and concealers. If you invest in one gift to yourself this holiday season, I’m begging you to choose the Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum—your skin will thank you years down the line. 

NuFace Mini Hydrate and Contour Mini Gift Set

Nuface mini set
NuFace Mini Hydrate and Contour Mini Gift Set $268.00

You’ve probably already seen the viral results from the NuFace on TikTok, but if you haven’t, here’s the gist: The NuFace uses microcurrent technology to target your facial muscles for a lifted, sculpted appearance. I personally use this device every morning during the holiday season to help with that extra puffiness from sodium-rich Christmas casseroles and festive cocktails. It makes a definitive, more sculpted difference—particularly around my cheekbones and jawline—in just a few minutes. Perfect for travel, this Dermstore gift set features the mini version of the NuFace along with the hydrating conducting gel and an application brush. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer

Facial steamer
Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer $149.00

Looking for an excuse to get some alone time and get dewy, plump skin at the same time? Whether you’re gifting yourself or a loved one, this facial steamer from Dr. Dennis Gross is a huge winner in my experience. It gently steams your face with a warm mist to hydrate and soften the skin, priming your pores for your skincare routine and leaving you with a fresh-faced glow (seriously—people always ask me what brand of highlight I’m wearing after I use this bad boy). 

Coola Tinted Lip Balm in Firecracker

Tinted lip balm
Coola Tinted Lip Balm in Firecracker $18.00

When it comes to your beauty routine, truly nothing is more festive than a classic red lip. But I personally don’t enjoy traditional lipstick formulas—they feel heavy and drying on my lips. That’s why I’m fully hooked on this tinted balm from Coola. It feels incredibly smooth and nourishing on the lips, and features really impressive color payoff. It looks like you’re wearing a luxurious, velvety lipstick, but it feels like you’re just wearing lip balm. 

Want to score my curated picks? Be sure to shop my fresh-faced holiday essentials at Dermstore, and have a very merry, self-care filled holiday.