The Ultimate Skin Care Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers


Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

This mask is packed with antioxidants that hydrate your skin. The honey delivers tons of moisture, and the royal jelly works to help cure dry skin and support skin renewal. It’s also softening and conditioning, thanks to all the awesome B vitamins.

This face mask is a great gift for anyone who wants to pamper themselves with a little bit of luxury at the end of a long day.

Cetaphil Pro DERMACONTROL Purifying Clay Mask

Bentonite clay and Amazonian kaolin clay are the star ingredients in this creamy, powerful face mask. Together, they dive deep into pores to clean them out and pull dirt away, while also removing dry skin cells.

This clay mask isn’t drying thanks to the inclusion of apple seed and cucumber seed extract, which both help to hydrate and brighten the skin.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

This pumpkin exfoliating mask is great for all skin types. Glycolic acid sucks up any extra dirt, oil, and debris from the pores, which in turn leaves your skin looking bright, smooth, and even-toned. Additionally, certified organic pumpkin honey stimulates circulation and encourages cell turnover (and smells divine).

The best part? It’s much more affordable compared with most glycolic masks on the market and makes a great stocking stuffer.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask

Teamed with squalane, a naturally occurring lipid that has anti-inflammatory properties, this overnight hydrating treatment from Kiehl’s is designed to soften the skin and lock in moisture overnight.

For those who love their beauty rest, this overnight treatment is everything you could ask for. Apply all over your face, avoiding the eye area, and let it work its magic while you snooze.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Rich in amino acids, this watermelon sleeping mask hydrates your skin as you sleep. Meanwhile, pore refining alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) gently exfoliate and clarify.

This mask is made to be deeply moisturizing and add plumpness to your skin. With regular use, it can help protect skin from free radicals (aka the atoms that break down our skin’s collagen). Plus, it’s made to smell amazing, since it’s made with real watermelon.

Because this mask is formulated for all skin types, it’s the perfect gift for any of your loved ones.


L’Oreal Paris Revitalift 10% Pure Vitamin C Concentrate

For giftees with sensitive skin, this vitamin C Concentrate from L’Oreal Paris is an awesome stocking stuffer. It contains 10 percent vitamin C (an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals) and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and visibly brighten the appearance of dull, tired skin.

This serum is allergy tested, and free of parabens, mineral oils, fragrances, and synthetic dyes. Bonus: The price is wallet-friendly.

EltaMD Skin Recovery Serum

This recovery serum is formulated to help repair a damaged skin barrier, which ultimately supports the overall health and appearance of your skin. It’s jam-packed with amino acids and antioxidants that help diminish visible signs of aging.

This serum boasts the brand’s own AAComplex Technology, which combines three amino acids that work to help restore skin damage caused by harmful UV exposure. This product also aims to calm the skin and minimize the risk of irritation.

Primally Pure Clarifying Serum

This serum contains antimicrobial ingredients, like ​​turmeric, marula oil, and green tea, to shield the skin from free radical damage. Meanwhile, prickly pear seed oil, which is rich in vitamins C, E, and K, brightens skin tone.

However, the benefits don’t stop there. This serum also targets acne and discoloration to deliver results in days, according to the company.

For lovers of aromatherapy, this clarifying serum also has a light and earthy scent to promote relaxation.

Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster

Visibly brighter skin is only a few drops away, thanks to this serum from Paula’s Choice. Complete with 15 percent vitamin C, this super booster helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, while added vitamin E and ferulic acid (an antioxidant that boosts the effects of other antioxidants) diminish visible signs of aging.

What’s equally noteworthy is the buildability of this serum, since it can be used alone or added to your moisturizer for even more hydration.

Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator

This retexturizing activator from Skinceuticals is a luxury product. The formula aims to boost radiance and reinforce the skin’s barrier via a combination of 25 percent hydroxyethyl urea and aminosulfonic acid, while hyaluronic acid hydrates and balances the skin’s moisture levels.

This product makes an amazing gift, either for yourself or a loved one.

Cleansers and face washes

CRUDE Cleanse

This microbiome-friendly oil cleanser removes all traces of makeup without messing with your skin’s biome or natural protective barrier.

This is especially helpful during the holiday season, when you might be wearing more makeup than you ordinarily do. This cleanser is formulated for all skin types, making it a good gift for anyone.

Paula’s Choice PC4MEN Nighttime Repair

No more allowing your loved ones to wash their faces with bar soap. This face wash from Paula’s Choice works to remove excess oil and dirt without stripping it. The aloe vera visibly calms any redness.

Bonus? It’s fragrance-free, making it that much more beneficial for your skin.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

This fragrance-free, gluten-free, and vegan cleanser is ideal for those with sensitive skin. A powerful botanical antioxidant blend, hydrating glycerin, and soothing aloe work in conjunction to leave your face feeling calm, clean, and comfortable.


EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Facial Sunscreen

EltaMD reigns supreme in the sunscreen category. This SPF 46 is a broad-spectrum formula that protects against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.

The formula’s hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin, and it may even help reduce the appearance of fine lines. The mineral-based formula goes on with a tint, so you (or your loved ones) don’t have to worry about any pesky white cast.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen

When it comes to drugstore skin care products, Aveeno delivers. This sunscreen and moisturizer hybrid is perfect for those who don’t want to complicate their lives with too many steps.

Equipped with SPF 30, this daily moisturizer offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays while still being lightweight.

Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

If you’re looking for a gift for the nature-lover in your life, look no further than Bare Republic’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion.

This clean, fragrance-free, mineral SPF 70 face sunscreen works on sweaty skin for up to 80 minutes. It’s also hydrating, thanks to a powerful blend of antioxidants and shea butter.


e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Face Cream

This simple and straightforward drugstore moisturizer relies on go-to hydrating ingredients, like squalane and hyaluronic acid, to balance out the skin’s moisture levels.

There’s also brightening niacinamide (a form of vitamin B that minimizes redness, blotchiness, and fine lines) and peptides in the mix, all in a vegan and cruelty-free formula.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

This French beauty staple is beloved by high-end skin care lovers and drugstore shoppers alike.

Packed with shea butter and antioxidants, this creamy facial moisturizer gives dry skin exactly what it needs. You can also use this cream as a makeup primer or face mask, making it a great 3-in-1 gift.

Tula Skincare 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream

This day and night cream from Tula is packed with probiotic extracts and skin superfoods to hydrate and deliver healthy, balanced, and glowing skin.

Suitable for all skin types and all ages, this cream works to diminish the look of fine lines, or possibly prevent the early signs of aging skin.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30

A moisturizer that works for all skin types is hard to come by, which is why this Ultra Face Cream is unique. It’s formulated with fountain plant extract to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and glacial glycoprotein to hydrate and prevent water loss from the skin.

Iman Balagam is a writer based in Houston, Texas. When she’s not laughing at her own jokes, or buying overpriced chia pudding, she can be found reading fiction novels, catching a spin class, doomscrolling through TikTok, or waiting for her delayed Spirit flight to board. You can see more of her work on her website.

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