The best skincare gifts worth the splurge
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When life gets overwhelming, taking a moment to pamper yourself and your skin can make a big difference. So while you can’t always give your friends a get-out-of-this-draining-obligation-free-card, you can get them skincare gift sets and little luxuries that will at least help repair some of the worry lines and inflammation the stress caused. We love stress relief gifts , so here are our picks for the best skin care gifts that offer relaxation, repair, or care.
- Best for lowering inflammation: Mount Lai Gua Sha
- Best for starting a routine: The Youth System by Youth to the People
- Best for lips: Burt’s Bees Lip Passion Set
- Best for a day out: Supergoop! Mineral Sheerscreen
- Best for a night in: Let’s Do This Sheet Sheetmask Set
- Best for bringing the spa to you: NuFACE Trinity Complete Facial Toning Kit
- Best for treating sun damage: Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream
- Best for the clean freak: FOREO LUNA 3 Facial Cleansing Brush
- Best for the early bird: Drunk Elephant Wake Up Haul Day Kit
- Best for hydration: The Water Cream by Tatcha
- Best for the guy on the go: Jack Black Jetsetter Set
- Best for his full body refreshment: MALIN GOETZ Essential Starter Kit
- Best for the beard-grower: Harry’s Winston Shaving Holiday Set
Best for lowering inflammation: Mount Lai Gua Sha
Give the gift that is lymphatic drainage. Even if you don’t want to reduce puffiness, a Gua Sha is a great way to incorporate a relaxing facial massage into daily life. Mount Lai’s gua sha is made from jade and glides on the skin to provide a cooling effect. Although some TikTok users may tout gua sha as a new “trend,” this technique has been around for far longer and originally originated in China as a way to treat sickness. These stones can be used to relax the face and make your mornings more relaxing.
Best for starting a routine: The Youth System by Youth to the People
Looking for a way to encourage a friend to start their skincare routine? This 100% vegan and cruelty-free skincare line is a favorite among beauty lovers and might be the perfect option. The Youth to the People Youth System set includes six products that can be used as a foundation for any skincare routine. The gift set includes mini-sized versions of an Allure Reader’s Choice winner cleanser and moisturizer, as well as a microdermabrasion treatment, eye cream, glow oil, and energy serum.
Best for lips: Burt’s Bees Lip Passion Set
If you’re looking for a smaller stocking stuffer-style gift that will make your friends giddy, this Burt’s Bees Lip Passion set is the perfect choice. This iconic lip-balm brand is a top choice for its moisturizing lip creams. This gift set includes three options in passion-fruit flavors: a lip oil, an overnight cream, and a balm. It allows your friends to choose from a variety of lip-nourishing products.
Best for sun protection: Supergoop! Mineral Sheerscreen
If you’ve been following skincare, you’ve probably seen Supergoop! Supergoop is a brand that’s well-known for its lightweight sunscreens. Sunscreen isn’t just the thing you regret when you forget to bring it to the beach; it should be incorporated into your daily routine to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. Mineral sunscreen is great for people with sensitive skin who may react to chemical sunscreens. It doesn’t feel as heavy as other general-purpose sunscreens. This sunscreen blends beautifully with a very minimal white cast, even though it isn’t completely clear. If you don’t have sensitive skin, try the invisible, equally reef-friendly, broad-spectrum, oil- and scent-free, Unseen Sunscreen. The velvety, beard-friendly feel has made this the sunscreen of choice for our associate managing editor, who really dislikes heavy lotions.
Best for a night in: Let’s Do This Sheet Sheetmask Set
Looking for stocking stuffers that can treat a variety skin conditions? This set is for your. I Dew Care’s Let’s Do This Sheet Set includes five vegan sheet masks that will give your friend the ultimate self care experience. This set has a mask for everyone, regardless of whether you want to firm, nourish or illuminate, or hydrate. Plus, if you need to scare anyone away or are looking for a super low-effort Halloween costume that doubles as a spa treatment, slap one of these on your face, and they’ve got you covered–for about 20 minutes.
Best for bringing the spa to you: NuFACE Trinity Complete Facial Toning Kit
It may seem scary, but the shockingly good results of the NuFACE Microcurrent System are what really makes it stand out. This FDA-approved facial toner sculpts the skin by sending currents to the muscles beneath the skin. It basically works to tighten the skin and strengthen the facial muscles. Microcurrent devices were once only available in expensive spa treatments. NuFACE devices can be used at home. The NuFace Trinity device, red light therapy attachments, lip and eye attachments, and gel primer are all included in this NuFace kit. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, the device also comes in a mini size.
Best for treating sun damage: Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream
Lots of topical over-the-counter products claim to reduce signs of aging and sun damage, but none actually do it quite like retinoids. This Drunk Elephant cream is vegan and contains retinol and vitamin F to improve skin texture. Retinol is strong so you only need a small amount. This cream contains vitamins and antioxidants to counter irritation caused by retinol. Retinol’s collagen-producing properties and cell turnover-promoting abilities make it possible to reduce hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
Best for the clean freak: FOREO LUNA 3 Facial Cleansing Brush
Our faces can get soiled, as can our towels, brushes and hands, if we don’t take care of them. The Foreo cleansing toothbrush cleans the face and keeps it clean. The silicone material used in this brush is non-porous, making it more resistant to bacteria than other materials. This handheld device gently pulses to remove make-up and buildup. It’s almost like a massage for your face every time you wash it.
Best for the early bird: Drunk Elephant Wake Up Haul Day Kit
Start your day off right with the Drunk Elephant Waking Up Haul Day Kit. This kit includes four products, including a full-size of the popular C-Firm Day Serum, a vitamin C concoction that firms and brightens skin. Drunk Elephant is known for its products’ abilities to mix and benefit from one another, so this set will have you well on your way to sunny skin in no time. But if you aren’t shopping for a morning skincare person, the Night to Remember kit might be for you.
Best for hydration: The Water Cream by Tatcha
If you want to fight winter dryness, this fan-favorite crème could be the answer. This cream moisturizes the skin and minimizes the appearance pores. This oil-free cream moisturizes skin without making it oily. It is suitable for combination or oily skin types.
Gift sets for men
Best for the guy on the go: Jack Black Jetsetter Set
This gift set contains five nourishing products, all packed in a perfect travel bag. You will also receive a moisturizer with SPF! This set includes a moisturizer (with SPF! ), cleanser and conditioning shaving cream. It also includes a deodorant. You will feel pampered and luxurious, even while on the move.
Best for his full body refreshment: MALIN GOETZ Essential Starter Kit
This set is perfect for gifting a complete body experience. This gift set includes six of MALIN GOETZ’s most popular products, including a body wash, moisturizer, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and body moisturizer. They also have a conditioner and shampoo.
Best for the beard-grower: Harry’s Winston Shaving Holiday Set
Take a vacation to Harry’s hotel with this shaving set (not to be confused with Harry’s House–sorry Stylers). Your lucky gift recipient will receive a shaving gel, body wash, and razor with some of the world’s sharpest high-grade steel replacement blades. Harry’s razors are now available at major retailers such as Target. This means that if your friend enjoys their new razor set, they can easily stock up on more.
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