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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Every Skin-Care Lover in Your Life

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If there’s one thing 2020 has taught us, we need to take advantage of every opportunity for self-care we can find. Lukcily, for beauty junkies, skin care is considered self care, and more time at home means more time to focus on taking care of our body’s largest organ while also finding a moment of Zen. So, whether you’re treating yourself and indulging in some new glow getters or gifting the ones you love, you can’t go wrong with anything on this list. Happy shopping! 

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Algenist Collagen Dreams Holiday Kit ($115)

Three of the brand’s best-selling formulas make up this coveted kit, which highlights the brand’s exclusive Active Vegan Collagen and microalgae-derived alguronic acid—two key actives that help minimize fine lines and restore skin’s youthful bounce in less than two weeks. Inside, you’ll find a full-size GENIUS Liquid Collagen serum, a full-size GENIUS Liquid Collagen Hand Cream, and a mini version of the GENIUS Sleeping Collagen that nourishes skin overnight.

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Saint Jane The Calming Duo ($90)

For the first time, Saint Jane is pairing a mini version of its beloved CBD-infused Luxury Beauty Serum—it packs 20 potent botanicals in each bottle—and 10-percent vitamin C–rich Bright Repair Eye Cream, to give you the perfect duo for calm, radiant skin.

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Pause Well-Aging Discovery Kit ($27)

For your mom, sister or friend who is experiencing skin changes due to hormonal shifts that come with menopause, this four-piece kit is sure to please. Specifically designed to address dryness and lack of firmness—we lose a significant amount of collagen during menopause—these travel-size products are a great way to sample this unique brand. Included in the kit are two of the Collagen Boosting Moisturizer, one Micellar Cleansing Treatment and one Hydrating Cleanser.

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Rodan + Fields Let It Glow Holiday Gift Set ($156)

Rodan + Fields is offering 20-percent off two of its most popular skin-care products via this exclusive set, which features sugar-salt Micro-Dermabrasion Paste—it makes skin feels so smooth, you won’t want to stop touching it—and Active Hydration Serum, which boosts hydration levels in the skin by a whopping 200 percent. Use the two together for incredible results you’ll tell all your friends about—promise.

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Banila Co. Clean It Zero Discovery Kit ($13) 

For the cleansing balm lover, this is the ultimate stocking stuffer. For just $13, you get mini jars of all four cult-favorite Clean it Zero formulas, which melt away makeup while nourishing skin: Clean it Zero Original, the OG with acerola berry and vitamin C; Clean it Zero Revitalizing with antioxidant-rich resveratrol and grape seed oil; Clean it Zero Nourishing with moisturizing ginseng berry and royal jelly; and Clean it Zero Purifying, which calms redness with licorice and seven natural herbs.

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Hear Me Raw The Fab Four Bento Box ($30)

A $60 value for half the price, this four-piece sampler features the brand’s superstar mask-cleanser The Brightener with Chlorophyll+; mask-scrub The Detoxifier with Charcoal+; three-in-one day cream, night cream and overnight mask The Hydrator with Prickly Pear+; and The Clarifier with French Green Clay+, which is a mask and spot treatment in one for congested, acne-prone skin.

Plus, each mask is housed in the brand’s signature, eco-friendly refillable pods, so it’s a gift that also gives back to the environment.

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Naturopathica Nourish Gift Set ($86)

Everything about this four-piece set gives me the holiday warm and fuzzies. Dry, winter skin gets nourished, healed and rejuvenated with Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm—a personal favorite—Manuka Honey Hydrating Mask, Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel and rich Gotu Kola Intense Repair Balm.  

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OleHenriksen Happy Juice Brightening Skincare Set ($69)

If you’ve never tried the brand’s Banana Bright Eye Crème—it’s been a makeup artist favorite for years for a reason—what better way to get your fix than with the whole OleHenriksen brightening regimen. Also included in the four-piece set is best-selling Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum, Truth Juice Daily Cleanser and ultra-refreshing C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème. You can’t go wrong with this one!

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Kiehl’s Limited-Edition Skincare Advent Calendar ($98)

Each of the 24 tiny boxes in this advent calendar contain little hidden treasures that are sure to impress any skin-care guru. Expect to find all of the brand’s best-sellers and customer favorites, from Ultra Facial Cleanser and Creme de Corps to Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Plus, we can’t leave out one of the best parts: this year’s design collaboration with renowned illustrator and graphic designer Maite Franchi. It’s so pretty, you’ll want to leave it out as holiday decor even after it’s empty.

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L’Occitane Divine Collection ($199)

The perfect holiday gift for mom, or anyone looking to combat signs of aging with rich, eco-friendly formulas, this set is a winner. Each of the four pieces—Immortelle Divine Cream, Immortelle Divine Youth Oil, Immortelle Divine Activating Essence and Immortelle Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream—feature the brand’s signature star ingredient, Immortelle Super Extract, which is a naturally derived alternative to retinol and offers a 30-percent higher concentration of immortelle to effectively target and help fight the five main visible signs of aging.

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Korres Passport to Greece Skincare Set ($54)

We may not be spending Christmas vacation in the Greek Isles this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t gift that beautiful, just-back-from the-Mediterranean glow to ourselves or someone we love. Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser, Greek Yoghurt Probiotic Gel-Cream, Apothecary Wild Rose Sleeping Facial, and Pomegranate Resurfacing Mask make the ideal quartet for achieving brighter, pampered skin.

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Beekman 1802 Skincare Stars 7-Day Gift Set ($65)

A $110 value for nearly half the price, this seven-piece set is stacked with travel-size versions of the brand’s Buttermilk Cleanser, Milk Wash Jelly Cleanser, Dewy Eyed Illuminating Serum, Milk Drops Probiotic Ceramide Serum, Bloom Cream, Milk Mud Warming Clay Mask—the perfect activity on a cold winter night—and Milk Foam Calming Bubble Mask. The textures are dreamy, the formulas are sensitive-skin friendly, and your skin—or whoever you gift this to—will thank you.

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Murad Take Time Off Kit ($89)

The perfect pick for the person who loves serious skin care, this four-piece kit pairs a full-size Retinol Youth Renewal Serum—one of the brand’s best-selling products—with mini sizes of Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, dark circle–fighting Renewing Eye Cream, and Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel to minimize fine lines without irritation. The bonus: You don’t even need to wrap it—just throw on a red bow and tuck it under the tree.

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Drunk Elephant Dewy Kit ($75)

Four of the brand’s fan favorites—plus a cute compact mirror—make up this special holiday kit (valued at $108) that gets you one step closer to dewier, smoother skin with each use. After cleansing with Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser (mini), layer on A-Passioni Retinol Cream (mini)—it’s a strong one, so start slow if your new to it—B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum (mini), and Protini Polypeptide Cream (full size!) and get glowing!

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Josh Rosebrook Mini Mask Trio ($75)

NewBeauty Brain Trust member Josh Rosebrook, founder of his synonymous skin-care brand, has created a highly sought-after trio of his best-selling masks in mini sizes: his first-ever product that propelled him into success, the Cacao Antioxidant Mask, as well as the Active Enzyme Exfoliator and the Advanced Hydration Mask—all packed with efficacious, plant-based ingredients. Pair this with a bottle of wine and you’re gifting the ultimate in self-care.

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Jillian Dempsey Repair…I Swear! ($245)

Makeup artist Jillian Dempsey’s first holiday kit is a win-win for anyone looking to indulge and #treatyourself. Her signature and celeb-favorite Gold Sculpting Bar—it was also a 2019 NewBeauty Award winner—releases facial tension while her new Hydrating Eye Masks reduce puffiness (two things many of us need help with right now thanks to 2020 stress). Plus, you can also glide the gold bar over the eye masks while you wear them for a relaxing, double-duty treatment.

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MZ Wallace x Supergoop! Must-Haves Kit ($95)

We can’t forget about sunscreen, and what a fun, chic collaboration! This MZW-exclusive, custom-designed pouch (the inside is camo print) houses two full-size Supergoop! bestsellers: invisible Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, which also doubles as a makeup primer, and Cloud 9 100% Mineral Sun Balm SPF 40, a super nourishing, 100-percent mineral balm that’s great for uber-dry or cracked skin.

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La Mer The Hydration Concentrate Mini Collection ($200)

For the one on your list who always talks about La Mer but never makes the splurge, this Nordstrom-exclusive trio will have them smiling from ear to ear. The Concentrate, a potent barrier booster, strengthens skin, The Neck & Décolleté Concentrate helps smooth stubborn neck bands, and The Eye Concentrate hydrates thin skin under the eyes to minimize the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.

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Ahava Everyday Mineral Essentials Kit ($81)

If you have yet to experience the nutrient-dense magic of Ahava’s Dead Sea minerals, it’s not too late! This hydrating trio not only features the best-selling Hand Cream—a personal favorite of mine—but also the Essential Day Moisturizer and Purifying Mud Mask (I like to wear this one while I’m taking a bath for a mini spa day at home).

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37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Cream ($195 for 1.0 oz, $295 for 1.7oz)

Give the gift of time travel this holiday season. The High Performance Anti-Aging Cream from 37 Actives is loaded 50+ active organic ingredients including powerful wrinkle-fighting ones like vitamins C + E and resveratrol to turn back the clock on fine lines.

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Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($185)

What do you get when you combine jasmine, rosehip, turmeric and 19 other top notch skin-care ingredients? This serum is brimming with anti-agers, brighteners and hydrators that function almost like an all-in-one skin concern panacea. And if that weren’t enough to convince you: our fave MUA Pati Dubroff reaches for the serum for recent bride Priyanka Chopra for a seriously luminous look.

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FARSÁLI Liquid Glass ($54)

Sephora’s best-selling FARSÁLI was created as a present for beauty vlogger Farah Dhukai from her husband, who was inspired to launch the brand after Dhukai mentioned her struggles with traditional skin-care serums. Liquid Glass is both a gift to Dhakai and to us: it creates dewy skin on demand and ensures you won’t to overdo it on highlighter to get the ultimate in radiance. 

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Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil ($48)

This Cleansing oil is a crowd-favorite for a reason: this elixir is tough, but not overpowering (thanks to a combo of jojoba, olive, and sunflower oils). Made for sensitive skin and for defending against environmental stressors, this wash is a staple in any beauty lineup. BONUS: Washing your face feels like a treat with the luxurious jasmine scent.

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Tatcha The Water Cream ($68)

Like jumping into a soft, warm duvet, Tatcha’s The Water Cream is fluffy, light and just plain dreamy. This weightless whip boasts Japanese florals like wild rose and leopard lily that cleanse while also minimizing the appearance of pores.


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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($44)

Nothing says romance more than roses, and this toner might just be the pinnacle. In addition to boasting beautifying ingredients like hyaluronic acid and rosewater, this love potion contains actual, floating floral petals that make it just as beautiful on the skin as it is in the bottle.

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Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter ($81)

We hope you believe us when we tell you that Susanne Kaufmann’s Body Butter is true poetry in lotion. One of our favorite winter frostings, this moisturizer protects skin from caustic weather, courtesy of shea butter and olive oil (and actual magic, probably). 

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