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Yes, skincare can be a basic necessity, but it can also make a great gift. After all, who wouldn’t want to get that fancy face cream or luxe body butter that they normally wouldn’t buy for themselves? Plus, it’s practical, too—you have to moisturize, people.
Ahead, the best gifts that will please every skincare junkie on your list, from your Sephora-obsessed sister to your face mask-loving friend.
Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel
Byrdie HQ is collectively obsessed with this chemical peel and its results. It clears clogged pores and brightens the skin like no other, thanks to a hard-hitting blend of fruit AHAs, BHAs, and enzymes. Dull skin will literally transform in front of your eyes, making this treatment worth every last penny.
Dermaflash Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser
Facial fanatics will appreciate this tool, which uses ultrasonic vibrations to deeply decongest pores, clearing out blackheads, whiteheads, and other gunk and grime. It also pulls double-duty, improving the penetration of any active ingredient in the products you’re using.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Effective yet gentle, this peel is a favorite amongst beauty editors and skincare fanatics. This at-home version of the doctor's uber-popular peels comes in two steps and only takes a few minutes.
MDNA Skin The Beauty Roller
If it’s good enough for Madonna, it’s good enough for us (she was a partner in the development of this brand). Particularly when it comes to this techy tool, which delivers ultra-infrared energy to firm and contour and can be used on both face and body.
Augustinus Bader The Body Cream
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 addicting. It boasts the same proprietary technology that helps your cells repair and regenerate, helping to improve the look of everything from cellulite to stretch marks. All while delivering the perfect amount of moisture, of course.
Jenny Patinkin Rose on Rose Derma Roller
Fans of skincare tools and DIY treatments alike will go gaga for this dual-ended device. Start with the derma roller side, which has minuscule, hypoallergenic stainless steel needles to maximize product absorption. Then use the rose quartz side to help reduce inflammation and tension in spots like under your eyes and around your temples.
Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
This brand’s OG product is a veritable Internet sensation—at one point it had a waitlist of 20,000, so snatch it up while you can. The namesake ingredient detoxifies and purifies, and the formula is also packed with Kakadu plum, the world’s richest source of good-for-your-skin vitamin C.
Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve
This do-it-all skin saver has the same hydrating benefits of the best-selling OG Lano ointment, but with added manuka honey and vitamin E to further up its moisturizing prowess. Dab it on dry patches on your face body, chapped lips, rough cuticles, you name it, to lock in hydration for up to 48 hours.
Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum
The beauty world went nuts when Rihanna launched her makeup brand Fenty Beauty, and even more so when she recently expanded into the skincare space. The streamlined range features just three products, including this toner-serum hybrid that minimizes the look of pores and tamps down sheen, but also hydrates with its gel texture.
CLE Winter At-Home Essentials
This kit —which includes the K-beauty brand's lifting mist (two of them!), dry mask pack, and multi cream—is perfect for nourishing and hydrating parched skin during the winter months. Also nice: It's vegan, as well as paraben- phthalate-, and cruelty-free.
Korres Essentials Discovery Kit
Okay, so maybe you can’t gift someone a trip to Greece, but here’s a nice consolation prize. The complete set comes with five of the brand’s top skincare essentials—cleanser, serum, gel-cream, elixir, and sleeping mask—all taking a cue from the country’s best ingredients.
Clé De Peau Beauté Volumizing Cream Supreme
Talk about luxury in a jar. This uses a unique complex of plumping ingredients to enhance and restore fullness—and also feels simply decadent.
Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini Fridge
Sure, this might be intended for beverages, but as any skincare junkie will tell you, it’s also the perfect place for stashing eye creams and face masks to keep them extra cold and refreshing.
Best of Dermstore Problem Solution: Brightening Regimen
If glowing skin is on your holiday wish list, this carefully-curated set (by a dermatologist, no less) from Dermstore is a one-way ticket. It features skin-brightening favorites from Obagi, SkinCeuticals, Lancer, and more—a $200 value you can snag for just $75.
Pause Well-Aging Fascia Stimulating Tool
We’re all for face rolling, but mark our words, everyone is going to be about fascia stimulating come 2021. Unlike rolling, using this tool not only boosts circulation and gets the blood flowing to tamp down swelling and increase radiance, but it also moves the fascia connective tissue in the skin to help stimulate collagen production for an extra youth-boosting benefit.
Nécessaire The Hand Cream
We’re big fans of this brand’s body offerings, and their latest, this luscious hand cream is equally as pleasing. It’s packed with peptides, vitamins, and fatty acids to both nourish and protect, all in a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and fast-absorbing formula.
Erno Laszlo Cleansing Bars
These iconic bars have been best-sellers for a long time, but they recently got an eco-friendly makeover. All three of the variants—sea mud deep cleansing for oily skin, phelityl cleansing for dry skin, and white marble cleansing for discolored skin—now come wrapped in fully-recyclable parchment paper and with no plastic.
PMD Beauty Personal Microderm Pro
With this revolutionary tool, you (or a friend!) can enjoy the benefits of microdermabrasion from the comfort of the couch. We're talking a reduced appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, and enlarged pores, plus a brighter skin tone and more refined texture with continued use over time. Now tell us, who would be unhappy with a gift like that?
Murad Custom Skin Clinic
Skincare junkies will appreciate this completely customized option. How it works: Take a quick quiz about your complexion concerns, then receive a special serum tailored just for you (it even has your name on it) in the mail.
Innbeauty Project Slushy Serum
Here’s a perfect gift for anyone who loves skincare, but likes to keep their routine simple and streamlined. The innovative formula is a serum-moisturizer combo, that, as the name suggests, has a slushy-like texture and packs the benefits of both hydrating hyaluronic acid and anti-aging bakuchiol. Also noteworthy: The bottle is the world’s first fully-recyclable pump bottle.
Habit No41 Mister SPF 41 Mist
We know what you’re thinking—since when is sunscreen gift-worthy? Well, we think this unique formula most certainly is. The featherweight SPF spritz can go on or over makeup and is sure to please both sun care aficionados and those who still haven’t hopped on the sunscreen bandwagon alike.
Oribe Gold Lust All Over Oil
Seventeen natural oils are blended together in this do-it-all formula, which can be used, quite literally, from head to toe. Not only does it work beautifully on the face, neck, and décolleté, it’s choice for using elsewhere on the body, and is an excellent dry hair treatment as well. And in true Oribe fashion, it also smells amazing, lightly citrusy and lemony.
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Glass Glow Face and Body Gloss
Straddling the line between skincare and makeup, this is the product to try for those looking to achieve the trendy ‘glass skin’ effect. Infused with passion fruit and marula oils, the gloss looks gorgeous dabbed onto bare skin, but can also be mixed in with moisturizer and/or foundation, too.
We’ve had dermatologists tell us time and time again that a serum is one of the best skincare products you can buy when it comes to getting a big bang for your buck. There’s certainly no shortage of serums out there, but we appreciate that this new brand is doing serums and serums alone. Choose from a curated line-up of five formulas, each tailored for specific complexion concerns and boasting carefully-chosen active ingredients to address those issues.
Jordan Samuel Skin The After Show Treatment Cleanser
While a cleanser may not seem like the most obvious or special skincare gift, it’s undeniably practical. This particular pick is definitely gift-worthy, both for the effective and non-stripping gel-to-oil formula just as much as it is for the chic and minimalistic packaging.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask
Also in the vein of practical skincare gifts, eye patches are choice to reach for on sleepy mornings or before a big event. These are special enough to gift, touting the same ingredients found in the brand’s other beloved Advanced Night Repair products to help leave the eye area brighter and smoother in as little as 10 minutes.
What Our Testers Say
"While this mask is not meant to be used more than once a week, the day after using it, I found that my under-eye area was less puffy than usual, and the delicate skin was significantly more hydrated." — Leigh Weingus, Product Tester
Kubra Kay Skincare Ice Globes
Stash these babies in the freezer and you’ll have an instant skin pick-me-up at the ready whenever you need it. Roll them over your face and neck to tamp down puffiness, minimize the look of prominent pores, decrease inflammation—you name it, they can pretty much do it. We also appreciate that these particular ones, unlike many others, are smartly-designed with hand grips to keep your fingers from freezing.
LastObject LastRound Reusable Cotton Round
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% wood fiber and 30% 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.
MUTHA Face Oil
This brand’s body oil is a go-to for Byrdie’s VP/GM Leah Wyar, and also nabbed a coveted Byrdie Eco Beauty Award, so we were more than excited when they launched a face variant. The 100% natural formula is jam-packed with 22 active seed oils, meant to not only impart (non-greasy) hydration but also deliver anti-aging benefits. Plus, how pretty is the packaging?
Danessa Myricks Beauty Dew Wet Balm
Even just a tiny dab of this translucent, lightweight balm instantly delivers a gorgeous gleam. Infused with jojoba oil, it’s nice and hydrating and can easily be used on its own, though it also works beautifully dabbed over powder makeup.
Peachy Gift Card
This New York City-based skincare spot is all about wrinkle prevention and treatment. Along with Botox injections, they also offer customized consults to help you find the perfect prescription retinoid. And don’t worry, your recipient doesn’t have to be in NYC; these gift cards can also be used for virtual consults and spent on product.
Town & Anchor Golden Masque
A true treat for your complexion, this mask —which does in fact have a beautiful golden hue—is packed with cold-pressed oils, plant-based antioxidants, and revitalizing skin-loving minerals. It’s choice for calming inflammation in stressed skin, but also works to increase radiance and brighten, too.
Primally Pure Mini Body Butter Collection
This trio is not only cute, but it’s also super practical. You get three scents of the brand’s best-selling body butter (citrus and mint, eucalyptus and lavender, and almond and vanilla), all in travel-friendly size that are great for on-the-go.
Pholk Beauty Honeysuckle Rose Face Mist
Despite the fact that there are only four ingredients in this spray, it’s still a magnificent multi-tasker, balancing, cleansing, soothing, and toning your complexion with every spritz.
The London Grant Co. Honey Coco Body Custard
A true treat for skin, this plant-based cream is rich and luscious, the perfect antidote to parched spots anywhere on your body. An organic mango butter base imparts plenty of moisture, while a litany of different oils does everything from add even more hydration to brighten to build elasticity.
Elina’s Organics Angelite Crystal Elixir
We’ve seen crystals popping up in skincare before, but this is the first product we’ve seen with this particular one, a powerful healing stone that also cools and rejuvenates the skin. Here, it’s combined with snow mushrooms and copper peptides in a serum that does everything from hydrate to brighten to calm.