The 31 Best Skincare Gifts of 2022

Beauty buffs covet these gifts, from splurges to TikTok famous drugstore finds

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Are you giving skincare products as a gift? Whether you’re treating someone to a pricier product they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves, like a high-tech anti-aging tool, or introducing them to that TikTok find everyone’s talking about, we’re here for it. You can also gift unique discovery sets so people can sample a brand they may not otherwise be familiar with. We also think some standalone products are so fab, that they make perfect presents in their own right because some luxe body creams are that good. 

We have skincare gifts for every price point, and better yet, they’re Byrdie editor and expert-recommended. We even took some top-rated picks for a spin, noting what our product testers thought about them. 

Ahead are the best skincare gifts for everyone on your shopping list, from your Sephora-obsessed sister to your face mask-loving friend.

Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid

Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid

Rhode

Hailey Beiber pretty much single-handedly started the “glazed donut skin” trend that’s now all over the Internet, and this product makes it easy to achieve exactly that (even if you haven’t been blessed with Bieber’s genetics). The hybrid serum-gel can be used under moisturizer, over makeup, or straight up on its own, delivering niacinamide, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to leave skin looking insanely dewy and plump. FYI, it sells out fast, so make sure to grab it while you can.

What Our Experts Say

"The Glazing Fluid is a novel formulation. It allows for a deep layer of hydration while remaining light on your skin and mixes well with makeup, allowing it to be a truly versatile essential." —Dhaval Bhanusali, MD FAAD, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Alo Head-to-Toe Glow Oil

Alo Head-to-Toe Glow Oil

Credo Beauty

The choice for anyone who loves skincare and working out, this multipurpose oil is one of the standouts from Alo’s (yes, as in the athleisure brand) recent foray into the beauty space. It’s a Byrdie fave; we gave it 4.9 stars, thanks to a lightweight yet still very hydrating-texture that works beautifully on both face and body and absorbs lightning fast. The formula is also clean, loaded with natural ingredients such as turmeric and aloe.

What Our Testers Say

“After using this product for two weeks, I can genuinely say that this is one of the best face and body oils I’ve tried in a while. My skin has responded well to the formula, and despite the slight scent, I have yet to face any irritation.”—Melony Focier, Product Tester

MUTHA Up All Night Eye Cream

MUTHA Up All Night Eye Cream

Cult Beauty

Byrdie staffers have long been fans of pretty much any and every product MUTHA launches, so it’s no surprise that this eye cream is equally as beloved. The luxurious and highly-effective formula offers long-term hydration and anti-aging benefits but also gives you a quick fix, thanks to caffeine and pearl powder, to help minimize the look of dark circles pretty much instantly.

What Our Testers Say

“While no topical product can ever actually fill in a depression, twice daily application over a weekend made my eye's surrounding skin so bright and hydrated that the hollows don't faze me.”—Amanda Ross, Product Tester

Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

5
Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

Renée Rouleau

What We Like
  • Boosts radiance

  • Unclogs pores

  • Smells good

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Byrdie HQ is collectively obsessed with this chemical peel and its results. It helps clear clogged pores and brightens the skin like no other, thanks to a hard-hitting blend of fruit AHAs, BHAs, and enzymes. It also smells, quite literally, like homemade raspberry jam. In other words, this peel is worth every last penny.

Type: Chemical | Active Ingredients: Mandelic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, blueberry extract, raspberry seed oil, pomegranate extract, bromelain, strawberry fruit | Size: 1.7 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

What Our Testers Say

"This product is not cheap. But, in my opinion, it’s worth the price tag in spades. It’s one of the only formulas I’ve used for years and seen visible results every single time. That, and it lasts for months." —Hallie Gould, Byrdie Senior Editorial Director

Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser

4.5
Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser

Ulta

What We Like
  • Unclogs pores

  • Improves product penetration

  • Can use in the shower

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Nothing against those old-school pore clearing strips we all loved and used, but this is such a gentler (and more high-tech) way to keep pores clog-free. Instead, this tool uses ultrasonic vibrations to deeply decongest pores, clearing out blackheads, whiteheads, and other gunk and grime. It also does double duty by improving the penetration of any active ingredient in the products you’re using. Facial fanatics are sure to appreciate both aspects.

Type: Electric

What Our Testers Say

"In addition to visibly pulling buildup out of my pores, the duality of the product is the one-two punch I need for clean, dewy skin; after just one use, I was hooked.” —Lindsey Metrus, Director of Commerce, People & Entertainment Weekly

SolaWave Wand

SolaWave Wand

SolaWave

As a general rule of thumb, techy skincare tools tend to skew towards the (often very) expensive side. Here’s one exception to the rule, a compact, super easy-to-use handheld device that’s a favorite of actress Sydney Sweeney. It delivers not only red LED light but also microcurrent and warming massage all in one. Spa lovers, this one’s got your name on it.

Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

4.8
Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

Violet Grey

What We Like
  • Evens skin tone

  • Lightweight

  • Absorbs quickly

What We Don't Like
  • Unhygienic container

We have yet to meet someone who hasn’t used this brand’s cult-classic face cream and gotten hooked, and this body variant is equally as addictive. It boasts the same proprietary technology that helps your cells repair and regenerate and may slightly improve the look of stretch marks and body blemishes—all while delivering the perfect amount of moisture. It’s pricey, for sure, but this is a gift, after all.

Active Ingredients: TFC8 Technology, vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin B5, (panthenol), hydrolyzed rice protein, aloe vera leaf juice, shea butter | Skin Type: Oily, combination, acne-prone | Size: 0.5, 1.0, or 1.7 ounces | SPF: None | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

What Our Testers Say

"Upon first application, the cream sank in immediately, and I could tell my parched skin was instantly being engulfed in moisture. A few hours later, I felt my skin, and it was noticeably softer. From my neck down, my skin looks and feels firmer and plumper. The rough, dry patches on my knees, elbows, and ankles are smoother than ever. The cream delivers an intense level of hydration that I haven’t experienced with other body moisturizers. I didn’t even need to reapply it every day because its moisturizing effects are long-lasting.” —Olivia Hancock, Byrdie Editor

Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

 Byrdie / Olivia Hancock

Klur Supreme Seed Delicate Purification Mask

Supreme Seed Purification Mask

Credo Beauty

What We Like
  • Luxurious texture

  • Noticeable results

  • Smells good

What We Don't Like
  • Unhygienic container

A must for the masking enthusiast, this gentle yet potent treatment leaves the skin visibly smoother, brighter, and glowier. Infused with nourishing and soothing antioxidants and plant extracts, it works to replenish stressed skin while drawing out dirt and impurities to decongest and refine pores. Bonus points for the chic, minimalistic packaging.

Benefits: Calms redness, soothes irritation, unclogs pores, boosts radiance | Active Ingredients: Panthenol, calendula, and cacao | Skin Type: Oily, stressed | Size: 2 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini Fridge

frigidaire mini retro fridge

Home Depot

What We Like
  • Travel-friendly

  • Maintains temperature even if unplugged

What We Don't Like
  • Construction could be more durable

This might be intended for beverages, but as any skincare lover will tell you, it’s also the perfect place for stashing eye creams and face masks to keep them extra cold and refreshing. It’s also a fun and different idea gift option for the product junkie who may be particular about the types of things they put on their skin. And sure, having a fridge dedicated to skincare may be a little bit extra, but that’s part of the reason why we love this so much.

Size: 10 x 9 x 11 inches | Temperature Range: 32 to 150 degrees | Colors: Blue, pink, black, yellow | Features: Bluetooth speaker, portable carrying handle, adjustable shelves

Opulus Beauty Labs The Starter System Regimen 1

The Starter System Regimen 1

Opulus Beauty Labs

What We Like
  • Minimizes irritation

  • Potent formula

  • Can choose different retinol concentrations

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

It’s not every day that beauty editors see something entirely new, but when this device came across our desks, we were quite literally floored. Essentially, it lets you blend up a retinol cream to order on the spot, ensuring both maximum efficacy and minimum irritation. Once you buy the little blending device, you can then also purchase other formulas to whip up, choosing from an array of different masks that address a variety of complexion concerns. Fun fact: It was also created by the same scientist who created the Clarisonic, so you know it’s got to be good.

Number of Pieces: 29 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Topicals Like Butter Kit

LIKE BUTTER KIT

MyTopicals

What We Like
  • Hydrating

  • Restores skin barrier

  • Soothing

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Give the gift of skin so smooth it feels like butter. This kit contains both best-selling products from the Topicals’ Like Butter line: the Like Butter Hydrating Mist and the Like Butter Hydrating Mask. The mist is a unique spray-on skin-soother that’s brimming with botanicals, leaving the skin oh-so hydrated and smooth, while the supremely nourishing mask works to restore dry, flaky skin and fortify its natural moisture barrier. 

Number of Pieces: 2 | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier

Hey Dewy Wireless

Amazon

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Easy to use

  • Nightlight feature

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note its lifespan is short

True story: Humidifiers don’t have to be huge and bulky. This itty-bitty guy—it weighs in at just 8.6 ounces—doesn’t take up a ton of space but still is perfect to use overnight to help ward off dry skin (especially in the dead of winter). It’s wireless and can run for up to eight hours on just one charge (hence the overnight part) and also touts ultrasonic technology that makes it extremely quiet.

Size: 3 x 6 x 3 inches | Water Tank Capacity: 10.8 ounces | Run-Time: 8 hours (continuous mist) or 12 hours (intermittent mist)

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream & Refill Set

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream & Refill Set

Charlotte Tilbury

What We Like
  • Includes a refill

  • Firming

  • Reduces fine lines

What We Don't Like
  • Unhygienic container

Beauty editors and consumers rave about this moisturizer, which, in a word, really is magical. (Credit a formula that combines skincare heavy-hitters such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E, and a peptide complex.) You won’t have to worry about running out, either—it comes with a pre-filled capsule that you simply pop into the jar once you use up the original amount. It’s also a good choice for all skin types, making it a universally foolproof gift.

Number of Pieces: 2 | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Nécessaire The Hand Cream

Nécessaire The Hand Cream

Sephora

What We Like
  • Fragrance-free

  • Absorbs quickly

  • Approved by the National Eczema Association

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

We’re big fans of this brand’s body offerings, and—this luscious hand cream—is equally as pleasing. It’s packed with peptides, vitamins, and fatty acids, all in a fragrance-free and fast-absorbing formula. (It even has a seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association.) It’s admittedly expensive for a hand cream, but that’s part of its gift-worthy appeal.

Active Ingredients: Peptide, niacinamide, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-6, omega-9 | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 2.2 ounces | SPF: None | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

LastObject LastRound Reusable Cotton Round

 LastRound® Reusable Cotton Rounds by LastObject

Amazon

What We Like
  • Reusable

  • Machine-washable

  • Sustainably-sourced materials

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note pads can feel stiff

A gift that will also do good for the environment? We’re all for that. Enter this newbie, an entirely reusable cotton round that’s made from 70 percent wood fiber and 30 percent organic cotton (both sustainably sourced). Unlike many other ones on the market that feel more like cloth, this has the same feel of a traditional, single-use pad—but can be washed and reused over and over for removing makeup and/or applying toners or serums. Just one of these replaces 1000 single-use cotton pads, drastically minimizing waste.

Material: Round 70% wood cellulose, short cotton fibers | Shape: Round | Count: 7 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Skin Buttr Gingr Lemon Scrub

SKIN BUTTR GINGR LEMON

Skin Buttr

What We Like
  • Boosts radiance

  • Smells good

  • Smooths skin

What We Don't Like
  • Unhygienic container

Everyone loves a good body scrub, and this one from Skin Butter will leave your skin feeling oh-so-smooth. Made from sugar and a blend of plant butters and oils, it claims to help buff away dead skin as it boosts cell renewal and elasticity. It’s available in a number of delicious scents, but we’re big fans of the ginger-lemon version, an invigorating way to start your morning. 

Type: Physical | Active Ingredients: Lemon, ginger | Size: 3.4 or 8 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Resorè Face Towel

Resore Face Towel

Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Anti-bacterial

  • Eco-friendly

  • 700 GSM

What We Don't Like
  • Limited availability

It’s not necessarily fun to think about the fact that you wipe a germy towel all over your freshly washed face, but it happens. Enter this standard washcloth alternative. It works for all skin types—since it’s not rough or scratchy, like traditional washcloths—and is made with eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial fibers.

Material: Silverbac, lyocell, rayon bamboo, Aegean cotton | Absorbency: High | Machine Washable: Yes on warm gentle cycle and tumble dry

Drunk Elephant Drunk Elephant The Littles 6.0

Drunk Elephant The Littles 6.0

Sephora

Here’s everything you need for a complete A.M. and P.M. skincare routine. The set comes complete with the brand’s jelly cleanser, antioxidant-rich vitamin C serum, sunscreen, glycolic night serum, beloved marula oil, and polypeptide cream, all in travel-friendly sizes. Everything is housed in a super cute yellow carrying case, which also happens to eliminate the need for wrapping paper.

EleVen by Venus Williams Skin Game. Set. Match. Body Lotion SPF 50

EleVen by Venus Williams Skin Game. Set. Match. Body Lotion SPF 50

Credo Beauty

She may be a tennis legend, but we’d like to give Venus Williams equal props for her beauty skills. This lotion is so hydrating, so silky, and absorbs so beautifully that it’s easy to forget it’s actually sunscreen—we totally did. But indeed, it packs your daily dose of SPF 50 (which is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes). It may sound strange to give someone sunscreen, but this is truly luxurious enough to be a gift.

The Ordinary The Skinmalist Set

The Ordinary the Skinmalist Set

Sephora

Team Byrdie has sung the praises of this unique skincare brand time and time again, thanks to their ability to utilize efficacious amounts of well-studied ingredients in simple formulas. (And for the fact that the products all ring in at extremely wallet-friendly price points.) This offers an easy way to play with three of their most well-known SKUs: A hydrating hyaluronic acid serum, caffeine-based eye serum, and pure rosehip seed oil, the latter of which is an especially big hit at Byrdie.

Remix Re:Wand Face Tool

Remix Re:Wand Face Tool

Remix Life

Jade rollers are a dime a dozen these days. So are gua sha tools. But we have yet to see anything quite like this face tool, specially designed to offer the best of both of those worlds. The unique, whale-like shape makes it easy to use as you would with either of those tools, allowing you to address a variety of issues. (To that point, you can even go the extra mile and purchase a customized video tutorial from the tool’s creator Giselle Wasfie, DACM.) It’s made from crocodile jasper, which is both known for its tranquil energy and makes this look more like a work of art than a skincare tool.

Tatcha The Starter Ritual Set

Tatcha The Starter Ritual Set

Amazon

The stunning packaging of this set is definitely part of what makes it so gift-worthy, but the products inside deserve equal attention. It comes with mini sizes of five of the brand’s most beloved products: camellia cleansing oil, exfoliating rice polish, the serum-like essence, dewy skin cream, and peony eye cream. It’s a nice way to try a little bit of everything from some of the best this top skincare brand has to offer, and, again, won’t require that you wrestle with wrapping paper.

Pholk Beauty Pholk Beauty Hibiscus Night Oil

Pholk Beauty Hibiscus Night Oil

Credo Beauty

Great for those who like to keep their routine squeaky clean, this oil features just four ingredients: hempseed oil, hibiscus oil, infused peony oil, and blue tansy essential oil. The combination makes for a formula that’s great for all skin types, is non-greasy and non-pore-clogging, and, best of all, helps to even out skin tone and fade unwanted hyperpigmentation. And how pretty is the bottle?

NuFace NuFace Mini+ Starter Kit

NuFace Mini+

NuFace

This device is a great example of how high-tech skincare tools have gotten these days. It’s a scaled-down version of the O.G. NuFace when it comes to size (great for traveling or for those who have limited real estate in their bathroom or vanity) but has all kinds of cool features. The microcurrent device syncs to the new NuFACE App, which helps you tailor the various settings to achieve exactly what your skin needs. (There are tightening, lifting, and toning modes, each of which works at different levels in the skin.) It’s an ideal gift for those who are all about trying the latest and greatest in-office treatments.

Versed Skin Versed Skin Deck the Shelves

DECK THE SHELVES

Versed

A true standout in the affordable skincare space, Versed is one of our favorites for offering clean, effective formulas housed in cool packaging—at a jaw-droppingly affordable price point. This discovery kit is a great way to try out a little bit of everything and features five of their best-sellers, including a cleansing balm, two different serums, a brightening toner, and a lightweight gel moisturizer.

Dr. Dennis Gross DrX SpectraLite FaceWare Pro

4.8
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro

Sephora

This may just look like a very expensive way to channel your inner Power Ranger, but this high-tech mask really is worth the splurge. It relies on two types of LED light—red, known to help combat inflammation and potentially even help stimulate collagen production, and blue, which kills acne-causing bacteria. You can use the lights separately, though there’s also a setting that combines both. It works in just three minutes, and, unlike giving someone a bottle of lotion or serum, this is the gift that keeps on giving—they’ll just need to charge it occasionally.

Soap & Glory Peepers & Pout Eye & Lip Mask Set

Soap & Glory Peepers & Pout Eye & Lip Mask Set

Walgreens

If you’re looking for an affordable gift that’s still sure to please, check out this drugstore find. It features two Korean-made hydrating lip masks and two sets of brightening under-eye gel patches. (You could even split them up as individual stocking stuffers.)

54 Thrones African Beauty Butter Mini Gift Set

54 Thrones African Beauty Butter Mini Gift Set

Sephora

Oprah previously named this set one of her favorite things, and hey, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us. All joking aside, we get her motivation. As the name suggests, African shea butter is the star of the show in this deeply moisturizing formula, a choice for quenching extremely parched skin (especially on the hands and body). There are five scents of the butter in this set, all naturally derived and featuring sophisticated combos such as Kenyan Hibiscus and Moroccan Rose, Egyptian Lavender, and Moroccan Mint.

Lawless Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask

3.8
LAWLESS Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask

Sephora

Perfect as a stocking stuffer or when you need a little bit of a smaller ticket gift, this lip mask is basically like a lip balm on serious steroids. Shea butter and hyaluronic acid impart tons of moisture, and as the name suggests, it also makes your pout look noticeably fuller when you wake up, thanks to the addition of a plumping ingredient known as Maxi-Lip. But no, it doesn’t burn or sting, just feels cushiony and delightful.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray Collection

Mario Badescu the Facial Spray Collection

Amazon

For those with ever-changing moods (and skin temperaments), consider this set of four skincare veils of mist (which, FYI, also work great on hair). There are rejuvenating, reenergizing, balancing, and refreshing formulas available, all of which are perfect to grab any time your complexion needs a quick pick-me-up.

Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum

Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum

Sephora

It took 15 years to develop this formula, so you know there has to be something exciting going on. Indeed, it utilizes a unique type of APT technology that essentially helps skin function better on its own, all while also relying on tried-and-true ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. The result? A serum that helps skin appear smoother, plumper, and glowier. And despite all those benefits, it still looks pretty and high-end rather than super medicinal, making  it very gift-appropriate.

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Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s written countless gift guides across a wide array of topics and categories.

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