The 33 Best Gifts for the Ultimate Skincare Lover

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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 lover on your list, from your Sephora-obsessed sister to your face mask-loving friend.

Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

5
Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel
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 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser

4.5
Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser

Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Unclogs pores

  • Improves product penetration

  • Can use in the shower

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

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 does double duty by improving the penetration of any active ingredient in the products you’re using.

Type: Electric

Golde Green Detox Kit

Golde Green Detox Kit

Courtesy of Golde

What We Like
  • Promotes gut health

  • Soothes inflammation

  • Works for all skin types

What We Don't Like
  • Mask has a strong smell

Who wouldn't love indulging in a matcha latte while basking in a greens-infused face mask? Approach skin wellness from the inside and outside with this detoxing duo, which features an (edible!) greens powdered face mask and an absolutely delicious matcha turmeric latte mix. 

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

Best of Dermstore Problem Solution: Brightening Regimen

dermstore brightening regimen

Courtesy of Dermstore

What We Like
  • Boosts radiance

  • Great value

  • Contains enough for a full skin routine

What We Don't Like
  • May not work for all skin types

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-friendly favorites from Obagi, SkinCeuticals, Lancer, and more—a $200 value you can snag for just $75.

Number of Pieces: 9 | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

4.8
Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

 Courtesy of 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, of course.

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 fl. oz., 1 fl. oz., or 1.7 fl. oz. | SPF: None | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

 Byrdie / Olivia Hancock

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Absorbs quickly

  • Refills available

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

We mentioned the face cream, but Augustinus Bader's latest addition is already poised to give that fan-favorite a run for its money. It features the brand's same TFC8 technology, just in a lighter, fast-absorbing texture. It also works for pretty much all skin types.

Benefits: Evens skin tone, hydrates, boosts radiance, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, supports collagen production, firms, tightens, calms redness, provides antioxidant protection | Skin Type: All | Dosage: Apply as needed | Size: 1 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Easy to use

  • Potent formula

  • Boosts radiance

What We Don't Like
  • May irritate sensitive skin

Effective yet gentle, this peel is a favorite amongst beauty editors and skincare enthusiasts. This at-home version of the doctor's uber-popular peels comes in two steps and only takes a few minutes.

Type: Chemical | Active Ingredients: 5 alpha-beta acids, chamomile, retinol, green tea extract | Size: 30 treatments | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Klur Supreme Seed Delicate Purification Mask

KLUR Supreme Seed Delicate Purification Mask

Courtesy of Klur

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. 

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

Korres Essentials Discovery Kit

Korres Essentials Discovery Kit

 Courtesy of Korres 

What We Like
  • Contains enough for a full skin routine

  • Cleanser can remove makeup

  • Great for soothing irritated skin

What We Don't Like
  • Sleeping mask has an unhygienic container

Okay, so maybe you can’t give 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—a cleanser, serum, gel cream, elixir, and a sleeping mask—all taking a cue from the country’s best ingredients. 

Number of Pieces: 6 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum

Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum

Sephora

What We Like
  • Absorbs quickly

  • Non-comedogenic

  • Vegan

What We Don't Like
  • Contains fragrance

The beauty world went nuts when Rihanna launched her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty—and even more so when she 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.

Active Ingredients: Niacinamide, Barbados cherry, Australian lemon myrtle, witch hazel water, Japanese raisin tree, cactus flower, green tea, fig | Skin Type: All | Benefits: Unclogs pores, evens skin tone, boosts radiance, reduces oil production, hydrates | Size: 5 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini Fridge

frigidaire mini retro fridge

Courtesy of Home Depot

What We Like
  • Travel-friendly

  • Maintains temperature even if unplugged

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

Sure, 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.

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

Dermy Doc Box Subscription

Dermy Doc Box
What We Like
  • Great value

  • Dermatologist-chosen

  • Great way to try new products

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

There are plenty of beauty subscription boxes out there, but we appreciate that A) this is all skincare and B) more importantly, it includes products that are vetted and chosen by a dermatologist. The box comes four times per year and contains different items every time, but it’s always over a $100 value.

Number of Pieces: 5+ products

Opulus Beauty Labs The Starter System Regimen 1

The Starter System Regimen 1
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. 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

Skin Proud Frozen Over

Skin Proud Frozen Over
What We Like
  • Cooling

  • Luxurious texture

  • Soothing

What We Don't Like
  • Unhygienic container

Any skincare aficionado has probably put an eye cream or moisturizer in the fridge before, but this super unique formula is meant to go in the freezer. You can use it room-temp as a hydrating gel cream, but if you freeze it, it takes on a slushy, sorbet-like consistency that feels incredible on sensitive or inflamed skin.

Active Ingredients: Aloe, lemon extract | Skin Type: All | Size: 1.69 fl. oz. | SPF: None | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

TriPollar Stop Vx

TriPollar Stop Vx
What We Like
  • One-year warranty

  • Boosts collagen production

  • Great for anti-aging routines

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Pricey, yes, but if your giftee is always after the latest and greatest at-home skin device, this is well worth it. Before it was sold in the US, it was the number one skincare device in China; more than one million have been sold in Asia. It’s an FDA-cleared radiofrequency tool that delivers RF energy into the dermal layer of the skin.

Type: Electric

Drunk Elephant The Littles Night Out

Drunk Elephant the Littles Night Out
What We Like
  • Contains enough for a full skin routine

  • Travel-friendly

  • Vegan

What We Don't Like
  • Products are sample-sized not travel-sized

Here’s everything you need for a complete bedtime skincare routine. Think mini sizes of Drunk Elephant’s jelly cleanser, glycolic night serum, hydrating serum, and polypeptide cream, all housed in a yellow carrying case that’s sleepover-ready.

Number of Pieces: 5 | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Topicals Like Butter Kit

Topicals Like Butter Kit

Courtesy of Topicals

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

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Magic

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Magic
What We Like
  • Boosts radiance

  • Smells good

  • Cute packaging

What We Don't Like
  • Contains fragrance

Alexa, play "Watermelon Sugar." In all seriousness, this trio harnesses the power of antioxidant-rich watermelon in some of the brand’s cult-favorite products. It comes with a face mask, a radiance-enhancing serum, and a toner, all of which have the prettiest pink hue.

Number of Pieces: 3 | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Dr. Jart+ 10 Mask Must-Haves

Dr. Jart+ 10 Mask Must-Haves
What We Like
  • Treats various skin concerns

  • Great value

What We Don't Like
  • Rubber masks are fragile

No matter your complexion concern, this set comes with a face mask for that. The K-beauty brand is known for its amazing masks, and here you get 10 different kinds: a mix of sheet masks and unique rubber masks that target everything from dryness to wrinkles.

Number of Pieces: 10 | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier

hey dewy portable facial humidifier

Courtesy of Hey Dewy

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 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). 

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

111Skin The Jetsetter

111Skin the Jetsetter
What We Like
  • Travel-friendly

  • Treats various skin concerns

  • Great value

What We Don't Like
  • Contains PEGs

You can never have too many eye masks, particularly when they’re these high-end ones. This trio features three different variants that come in a zip-top keepsake wallet that’s available in three different colors.

Number of Pieces: 4 | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Dr. Lancer Pro Polish Microdermabrasion Device

Dr. Lancer Pro Polish Microdermabrasion Device
What We Like
  • Works on face and body

  • Works for all skin types

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

This derm-developed skincare line is well-known for its efficacious products, which is why we were so excited to see that they were now launching a tool. It’s inspired by the same technology and equipment that the celeb dermatologist uses at his clinic, with diamond tips that can be used to exfoliate both face and body, as well as three suction settings for a customized treatment.

Type: Electric

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream & Refill Set

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream & Refill Set
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. 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. 

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

Uviña Skin The Isabel Peppermint Facial Cleansing Bar

Uviña Skin The Isabel Peppermint Facial Cleansing Bar
What We Like
  • Soothing

  • Affordable

  • Lathers well

What We Don't Like
  • May irritate sensitive skin

Looking to support a small, Latinx-founded brand this season? This is the one. In particular, we love this natural facial bar that helps to cool and soothe the skin and is made with ethically- and sustainably sourced palm oil. 

Active Ingredients: Peppermint, plant-based oils, palm oil | Skin Type: Acne-prone | Size: 3.65 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Nécessaire The Hand Cream

Nécessaire The Hand Cream

 Courtesy of Nécessaire

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 its latest—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.) 

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

LastObject LastRound Reusable Cotton Round

LastObject LastRound

 Courtesy of Kickstarter

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% 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.

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

Peachy Gift Card

Peachy Gift Card

 Courtesy of Peachy Studio

What We Like
  • Can use for virtual appointments

  • Great for anti-aging routines

What We Don't Like
  • Products are not under $30

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.

Gift Card Amount: $25, $50, $100, custom

Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve

Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve

 Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Multi-use product

  • Long-lasting hydration

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Feels greasy/sticky

This do-it-all skin saver has the same hydrating benefits as 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, lips, or cuticles to lock in hydration for up to 48 hours.

Active Ingredients: Quadruple lanolin, vitamin E, manuka honey, beeswax | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 1.76 oz. | SPF: None | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Duo

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Duo
What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Oil-free

  • Recyclable packaging

What We Don't Like
  • May take a while to see results

This best-selling serum is ideal for all skin types and all types of skin aging. There are no fancy bells and whistles here—just a set of two at a nicely discounted price, which is great for anyone who is serious about their skincare (or who you know loves this serum). 

Benefits: Unclogs pores, evens skin tone, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates | Skin Type: All | Dosage: 1 dropper full morning and night | Size: 1 oz., 1.7 oz., or 3.9 oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Skin Buttr Gingr Lemon Scrub

Skin Buttr Gingr Lemon Scrub

Courtesy of 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 helps 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 oz. or 8 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Resorè Face Towel

Resorè Antibacterial Face Towel
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 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

What We Like
  • Works on face, body, and hair

  • Smells good

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Seventeen natural oils are blended 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 use 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.

Active Ingredients: Coconut oil, olive fruit oil, safflower seed oil, argan oil | Skin Type: All | Dosage: Several drops | Size: 1.7 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Murad Custom Skin Clinic

Murad Custom Skin Clinic

 Courtesy of Murad 

What We Like
  • Treats various skin concerns

  • Can update serum as skin improves

What We Don't Like
  • Takes around two weeks to ship

Skincare lovers 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.

Benefits: Varies | Skin Type: All | Dosage: Varies | Size: 1 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes

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