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August 30, 2022

Best gifts for skin care lovers

By Angela Garretson

Everyone enjoys treating their face to some TLC. Whether you’re shopping for someone with a minimal routine or treating them to a wish list serum or face oil, it’s hard to go wrong with gifting skin care products as long as you’re aware of the recipient’s skin type and skin care goals. 

 

The right skin care gift can soothe irritation, hydrate thirsty skin, or pamper normal skin. If you’re unsure of what they may like, a beauty gift set with plenty of products for them to sample is sure to please — or choose a bunch of items you know they’ll love to create a gift basket that’s perfect for them. 

Skin care for men

Rugged and Dapper Exfoliating Face Wash

 

For clean and refreshed skin, this exfoliating face wash works for all skin types. It’s formulated with gently scrubbing jojoba beads, aloe vera, and vitamin C to unclog pores, remove excess oil, and promote skin cell turnover.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser

 

No time for a skin care routine with tons of steps? This two-in-one cleanser and toner clears out oil and impurities, leaving the skin gently cleansed and ready for shaving. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used twice daily. Its light, herbal scent comes from botanical ingredients such as oil-controlling rosemary extract and soothing witch hazel.

 

Sold by Sephora, Amazon, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Ulta Beauty

 

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

 

CeraVe is one of the most popularly recommended brands by dermatologists, and this cleanser is a key first step to improving dry, flaky skin. It helps clear away dirt and excess oil without making skin feel stripped or greasy. Ceramides and hyaluronic acid help skin stay moisturized and hydrated.

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty and Amazon

 

Brickell Men’s Acne Controlling Face Wash

 

This fresh-scented, organic face wash is a great pick to help with acne-prone skin. It contains tea tree oil and 2% salicylic acid, both popular acne-fighting ingredients, to help clear up skin without irritating it.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Jaxon Lane Bro Mask Hydrogel Face Mask

 

They don’t need to let a beard stop them from enjoying the sheet mask trend. This one is more generously sized than usual and comes in two pieces so it can be used regardless of facial hair. The gel-like mask stays in place better to more efficiently deliver nourishing ingredients, including vitamin B3, hyaluronic acid, and green tea extract.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Cream

 

This luxurious cream softens hair to prevent irritation and razor burn. It’s part of The Art of Shaving’s four-step shaving routine, but this smooth and richly lathering cream can be used on its own. Lavender and bergamot-neroli options are also available, plus an unscented shaving cream if you’re shopping for someone sensitive to fragrance.

 

Sold by Macy’s and Amazon 

 

Hims Vitamin C Serum for Men

 

Help hardworking, tired skin look and feel refreshed with this vitamin C serum. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps skin look clearer and more awake and evens out skin tone. This serum has a light citrus scent, and it’s not tested on animals.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

 

Dry skin may require more special treatment than a moisturizer alone. If that’s the case, this serum can help thanks to hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water to help skin retain moisture better.

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty

 

Caldera + Lab The Good Multifunctional Serum

 

This multitasking serum treats skin to wild-harvested botanicals such as echinacea, prickly pear, sea buckthorn, and more. It can minimize the appearance of dark spots and fine lines. It also leaves skin looking and feeling healthier and more hydrated.

Sold by Amazon

 

Marlowe No. 123 Men’s Facial Moisturizer

 

This water-based moisturizer is lightweight and fast-absorbing, so it’s great for oily skin. It’s made in the USA with hydrating ingredients including glycerin, aloe, algae extract, and willow bark extract.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Bevel Moisturizing Face Gel for Men

 

Formulated with apple extract, vitamin C, tea tree oil, and manuka honey, this lightweight gel moisturizer hydrates and balances sensitive skin. It helps skin look smoother and more even without leaving any shine or residue.

 

Sold by Amazon and Kohl’s

 

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

 

Even in cloudy weather, it’s important to wear sunscreen to block UV rays, which can cause long-term skin damage or even skin cancer. This broad-spectrum sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for safe, mineral-based sun protection. It’s formulated to lock in moisture, plus it’s allergy-tested and safe for sensitive skin.

 

Sold by Amazon and Ulta Beauty

 

Oars + Alps 100% Mineral Anti-Aging Mineral Face Moisturizer

 

This moisturizer offers reef-safe SPF 30 sun protection thanks to zinc oxide. It can be applied daily as part of a morning skincare routine or 15 minutes before sun exposure. It’s water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

 

Sold by Kohl’s and Macy’s 

 

Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream

 

While under-eye dark circles and puffiness can be genetic, those concerns can sometimes be addressed with an eye cream. This one is formulated with caffeine from green tea extract plus hyaluronic acid to help skin feel awake, hydrated, and firmed.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Foreo Luna 3 Men Cleansing Tool for Men

 

If he always wants the latest gadgets, he’ll appreciate this cleansing tool, which uses gentle pulses and silicone bristles to deep-clean skin and reduce ingrown hairs and breakouts. It also helps skin care products absorb better. The black silicone covering is hypoallergenic, bacteria-resistant, and easy to clean.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Jack Black Skin Saviors Set

 

Are you shopping for a frequent flier? This set offers a full skin care routine plus lip balm in TSA-approved travel sizes. It includes the Pure Clean cleanser, a moisturizer with SPF 20, an invigorating face scrub, and mint-scented lip balm.

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty, Sephora, and Kohl’s

 

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  • A lightweight daily moisturizer that offers broad-spectrum SPF 40 protection
  • A lightly tinted, vitamin C-infused eye cream to help color-correct and brighten under-eye dark circles
  • A rich night cream with powerful ingredients to restore and firm up tired or imbalanced skin
  • A dermatologist-recommended, fragrance-free cleanser for dry and sensitive skin
  • A silky, multipurpose serum to help skin repair and protect it from future damage

Skin care for women 

Creams and gels 

SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel

 

This scar treatment can be used on the face or body to minimize the appearance of pink or red scars. Using lactic acid gently exfoliates and brightens the skin and spurs cell renewal. This top-of-the-line scar removal gel aids in C-section or minor surgery recovery. 

 

Sold by Amazon and Dermstore
 

 

Derma-E Scar Gel

 

This low-cost scar gel uses botanical ingredients to naturally encourage healing, especially of textured or lumpy scars. Its soothing gel formula works well to diminish the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, minor burns, and tattoos. The gel is clear and won’t stain clothes.

 

Sold by Amazon, iHerb, and Ulta Beauty

 

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Neck & Chest

 

This multi-toning cream firms up the neck, jaw, chin, and décolletage. Not only is it a popular neck-firming cream but it also smooths and improves sun-damaged skin. It features SPF 25 to protect the skin during the day. 

 

Sold by Amazon and Dermstore

 

L’Oréal Paris Skincare Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Face and Neck Moisturizer

 

This budget-friendly cream features retinol and the Chinese herb centella asiatica to smooth wrinkles and firm the face. The moisturizing cream is made for daily wear and results are noticeable in a month’s time. 

 

Sold by Amazon and Ulta Beauty

 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

 

A widely popular color-correcting cream, this cream offers full coverage like a foundation but with the natural finish of a tinted moisturizer. It treats mature skin with hyaluronic acid and collagen. It comes in an inclusive range of shades, plus it touts a high SPF 50.  

 

Sold by Amazon, Sephora, and Ulta Beauty 

 

 

Physicians Formula Super CC Color-Correction + Care All-Over Blur Cream

 

For an easy-on-the-checkbook CC cream, this drugstore variety has a blurring effect on the face and doesn’t settle into fine lines. It smooths skin without sitting heavily on the face. It contains SPF 30. 

 

Sold by Amazon and iHerb

 

Serums

Dermalogica Biolumin-C Vitamin C Eye Serum

 

This lightweight eye serum brightens and firms the under-eye area. It contains brightening vitamin C and wakes up the eyes by de-puffing and diminishing the appearance of dark circles. It’s non-greasy but hydrating and helps with fine lines as well.  

 

Sold by Sephora, Dermalogica, and Amazon 

 

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum

 

This retinol-packed serum targets crow’s feet and fine lines that crease the delicate eye area as we age. The retinol formula is non-irritating and well-tolerated. It also tightens and de-puffs under-eye bags while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

 

Sold by Amazon and Sephora

 

Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum

 

This vitamin C serum from Image Skincare reduces the appearance of wrinkles, brightens up dark spots, and evens skin tone. It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly, leaving a pleasant orange scent on the skin. It hydrates and plumps with hyaluronic acid.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Pacifica Glow Baby Booster Serum

 

For a lower-cost glow-up, this vitamin C serum brightens and tightens skin. It packs both vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines. It also works well as a lightweight moisturizer. 

 

Sold by iHerb, Ulta Beauty, and Amazon  

 

Tarte Sea Mermaid Skin Hyaluronic H2O Serum 

 

This vegan serum is versatile for all skin types that could use some moisture and glow. The lightweight serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid and marine botanicals and is appropriate for teenagers, older women, or mermaids. 

 

Sold by Sephora

 

Tools

PMD Personal Microderm Classic 

 

This at-home microdermabrasion machine is compact and easy to use. It exfoliates and suctions the skin leaving skin tone even, luminous, and radiant. It’s handy for removing blackheads and dead skin and for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. 

 

Sold by Amazon, Dermstore, Sephora, and Ulta Beauty

 

Microderm Glo Mini Premium Skincare Bundle

 

This mini microdermabrasion kit includes the suction tool, three attachments, filters, and a peptide serum for a good value. The starter kit is great for those on a budget or for travel. It’s suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone and mature skin. 

 

Sold by Amazon   

 

Mount Lai Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool

 

For a traditional method of rejuvenating the face, this beautiful gua sha tool comes in authentic jade, rose quartz, amethyst, and obsidian. Using the massaging scraper leaves skin lifted, contoured, and radiant. 

 

Sold by Sephora, Credo, and iHerb

 

BeautyBio Brazilian Contouring + De-Puffing Rose Quartz Face Roller

 

This dual-ended facial roller is made of authentic rose quartz that has been sustainably sourced. It gently contours and de-puffs the face in a centuries-old method of skin care. The pretty roller provides a calming way to start the day. 

 

Sold by Amazon and Sephora

 

Wrinkle treatments

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle and Pore Vanisher

 

This wrinkle filler fills fine lines and creases to reduce their appearance. The precision-tip applicator helps you target areas around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. The formula features light-diffusing particles that help diminish pores, leaving a velvety smooth finish. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler

 

Featuring retinol and hyaluronic acid, this filler is clinically proven to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It can be used every day under makeup and prevents foundation from settling into creases. It also smells good and moisturizes the skin. 

 

Sold by Amazon, Ulta Beauty, and iHerb 

 

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Radiance Boosting Face Serum

 

This option is a top-selling serum that reduces fine lines and plumps the skin. It contains prebiotics to improve the skin barrier and hyaluronic acid to plump skin. Its hydrating formula works immediately to give the skin a youthful glow. 

 

Sold by Sephora and Ulta Beauty 

 

Cosmedica Skincare Advanced 2.5% Retinol Serum

 

This retinol serum doesn’t irritate or dry out the skin. It features a host of natural ingredients to smooth and soothe the skin, including jojoba oil, vitamin E, and green tea. The gentle formula promotes cell turnover and collagen production to reduce dark spots and fine lines. 

 

Sold by Amazon and iHerb

 

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Beauty gift sets  

Sephora Favorites Clinical Must Haves

 

This set of skin care must-haves is an easy way to surprise any beauty enthusiast. It's packed with 13 of Sephora's best-selling products from top brands like The Inkey List, The Ordinary, Dr. Jart+, Kate Somerville, Murad, Kiehl's, and Dr. Dennis Gross. With both mini and full-size products, this gift set is a terrific value.

 

Sold by Sephora

 

Glossier The Super Pack

 

The serum aficionado in your life will surely appreciate this trio of Glossier's most iconic serums. The set includes Super Bounce with hyaluronic acid, Super Glow with vitamin C, and Super Pure with niacinamide to address their every skin concern. All three formulas are incredibly lightweight and absorb quickly into the skin.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

The Ordinary The Daily Set

 

The Ordinary changed the game with its powerful ingredients and simplified take on skin care — all for the lowest price points. This set includes three full-size daily essentials for perfectly cleansed, hydrated, and glowing skin. It's suitable for all skin types and features the brand's best-selling cleanser, serum, and moisturizer.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Dermatological Acne Treatment

 

This award-winning skin care set from La Roche-Posay is a solid pick if you're shopping for someone with sensitive, acne-prone skin. It includes a gentle cleanser, a toner, and a spot treatment to help clear clogged pores and treat acne without irritating delicate skin. The routine also works over time to clear blemishes and smooth the skin's texture.

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty 

 

Drunk Elephant The Littles Night Out Skin Care Set

 

Here's everything they need for a complete bedtime skin care routine. This set of skin-loving minis contains four of Drunk Elephant's top-selling products: their jelly cleanser, a hydrating serum, a nighttime resurfacing serum, and their iconic moisturizer, all housed in a handy travel pouch. These formulas all contain effective active ingredients and pack an incredible punch.

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty and Amazon 

 

Kiehl’s The Ultimate Kiehl’s Kit

 

The Ultimate Kiehl's Kit is a five-piece collection of daily essentials featuring customer-favorite formulas, so it ought to be good. It includes a cleanser, a line-reducing concentrate, a midnight recovery concentrate, an ultra facial cream, and an avocado eye cream for hydrated, healthy, and luminous skin. It's a great pick for dry and mature skin. 

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty 

 

Glow Recipe Fruit Babies Bestsellers Kit

 

Give them the gift of clean skin care with a fun twist. This fruit-powered, antioxidant-rich routine delivers post-facial results with its five game-changing best-sellers. It includes the brand's cult-favorite Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops and the PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner, along with a serum, a moisturizer, and eye cream.  

 

Sold by Sephora 

 

Belif Aqua Bomb Poolside Hydration Set

 

Known for its deeply hydrating formulations, this gift set from Belif is the perfect introduction to the brand's most popular products. It has everything they need to take their skin from dry and parched to plump and moisturized, including a full-size True Cream Aqua Bomb. It also includes deluxe minis of the cleansing balm, toner, and eye cream.

 

Sold by Sephora

 

 

Origins Bestsellers Recruitment Set 

 

This gift set offers a lovely assortment of five of Origins' best products to help them build a complete skin care regimen. It includes a cleanser, serum, lotion, moisturizer, and mask that come with a travel pouch. The products feature clean, vegan ingredients like bamboo charcoal and reishi mushroom to revitalize the skin while reducing redness and puffiness. 

 

Sold by Sephora 

 

COSRX All About Snail Kit

 

If they're big on Korean skin care, this iconic K-beauty skin care kit from COSRX is certainly worth considering. It includes a cleanser, a cream, an essence, and an eye cream formulated with snail mucin for moisturizing, repairing, and soothing the skin. The products also help boost the skin's elasticity and give it a healthy, dewy glow.

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty

 

Sunday Riley Go to Bed with Me Complete Evening Routine

 

This seven-piece kit from Sunday Riley has all the nighttime essentials to guarantee a glowy, fresh-faced morning. It features the brand's iconic Good Genes cream and Luna serum, which are reason enough to shop the rest. Highlights also include the A+ retinol serum, which is famed for tackling fine lines and texture without irritation.

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty and Sephora

 

Fenty Skin Travel Size Start’r Set

 

This travel-size gift set is a great way for them to test out the essentials from Fenty Skin. It includes a mini makeup remover, a toner, and a moisturizer with SPF. The clinically proven three-step regimen is noncomedogenic and oil-free and designed to work better together to help visibly hydrate, brighten, and soothe the skin.

 

Sold by Sephora 

 

First Aid Beauty Fab Faves To Go Kit

 

Ideal for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, the Fab Faves To Go Kit consists of three gentle, non-irritating products: a cleanser, an exfoliant, and a moisturizer. The trio helps provide instant relief from redness and works to hydrate distressed skin, leaving it smooth and healthy. 

 

Sold by Sephora

 

Peter Thomas Roth Masking Minis 5-Piece Mask Kit

 

No spa day is complete without using a nourishing face mask. This kit from Peter Thomas Roth is the perfect masking gift because it comes with five different masks for different skin concerns. It includes the exfoliating Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and the 24-Karat Gold Mask, as well as the hydrating Blue Marine Algae Mask, which is exclusive to this kit.

 

Sold by Sephora and Ulta Beauty

 

e.l.f. Jet Set Hydration Kit 

 

If you're after something a bit more affordable, e.l.f's Jet Set Hydration gift set is a reliable little kit for taking away on holiday. It has everything they need for a complete in-flight skin care routine, including a cleanser, a balm, a moisturizer, a night cream, and an eye cream, all at a bargain price. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

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Contributing authors: Laura Duerr, Ana Sanchez, and Esha Saxena 
 

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