One thing the pandemic taught us: We need to take advantage of every opportunity for self-care that we can find. Luckily, we consider skin care 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 to inject some much-needed radiance back into your skin, or snagging some impressive gifts for the ones you love, you can’t go wrong with anything on this list. Happy shopping, and happy holidays!
Like jumping into a soft, warm duvet, Tatcha’s The Dewy Skin Cream is fluffy, light and just plain dreamy. But, that’s not the only thing you get in this gorgeous holiday set. It also includes a full-size The Rice Wash (you will love the texture and efficacy of this cleanser) and a travel-size The Dewy Serum, plus a super chic Furoshiki Cloth Wrap (an integral part of Japanese gift giving for centuries).
For RiRi fans and beauty enthusiasts alike, this trio is “beauty sleep in a box” and sure to please. A full-size Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum is paired with a mini Instant Reset Brightening Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream and full-size Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm in Hint Hint, a super sheer light pink that hydrates a parched pout while you snooze. “When you’re sleeping, your body’s in recovery mode, and I wanted to maximize that for the skin,” says Rihanna. “I want to reset my skin, relieve it from all the stress of the day so you wake up fresh, nourished and glowing.”
Joanna Vargas All Aglow Holiday Kit ($155)
A $215 value, this three-piece set is stacked with full-size versions of the brand’s Glow to Go Mask Set, Rejuvenating Serum and Vitamin C Face Wash. The textures are dreamy, the formulas are sensitive-skin friendly, and your skin—or whoever you gift this to—will thank you. “This set is the best for holiday because it will cleanse and soothe skin throughout the stressful holiday season,” says Vargas, a celebrity facialist. “A good cleanse, followed by a mask that you can prescribe depending on your skin’s needs, and finishing with a nourishing oil-based serum, is the exact fix your skin needs to stay glowing all season long.”
If you haven’t tried multi-masking, now’s your chance thanks to this trio that provides everything you need. Suitable for all skin types, these three masks—Charcoal Detox, Phyto-Active Firming and Soothing Gel—let you treat each area of your face according to what it’s craving at the time. Need some firming along your jawline and hydrating on your forehead, but have breakouts around your nose? No problem. Once you’ve painted on each one—I like to use a brush to make it a more spa-like ritual—let it sit for about 10 minutes and then remove with a nice warm wash cloth.
An instant upgrade to any skin-care routine, this dermatologist-loved moisturizer features a patented lipid ratio of ceramides, natural cholesterol and fatty acids to course-correct aging skin while deeply hydrating and nourishing parched skin.
A trio of the brand’s best-sellers in full-size format, this ultimate gift spotlights 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. Here’s what you get: GENIUS Liquid Collagen serum, GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream—these two layer really well—and Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm that reduces the look of dark circles, bags and crow’s-feet.
Three of the brand’s best-selling formulas make up this coveted kit, which highlights the brand’s cult-favorite Liquid Gold 5-percent glycolic acid serum that dramatically improves skin brightness, tone and texture. Inside the beautiful, 100-percent recycled wash bag designed by Australian artist Morgan Jamieson, you’ll find a travel-size Balancing Cleanser, Liquid Gold and Essential Hydration Cream.
Drunk Elephant The Trunk 5.0 ($430)
Each year, best-selling skin-care brand Drunk Elephant debuts a new limited-edition “trunk”, aka suitcase filled with a complete lineup of the brand’s most beloved goodies. This year, the pink floral Monos carry-on boasts 10 skin-care favorites, including Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum, A-Passioni Retinol Cream, C-Firma Fresh Day Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, Protini Polypeptide Cream, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, and T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. The full value is $676, and it also comes with a handful of mini freebies of other Drunk Elephant products.
What skin-care junkie wouldn’t be excited to get this duo, which includes one of the most popular cleansers in the country—purity made simple one-step facial cleanser—and purity made simple pore extractor clay mask, which will leave skin clear, calm and collected. Use the two together for incredible results you’ll tell all your friends about—promise.
The ultimate way to try before you buy, this starter kit offers mini sizes of five fragrance-free Hydra Few Pure products you’ll want to give a go if you have dry skin and you’re looking for a glow (I couldn’t resist). Included in the lineup are the Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Facial Essence Mist, Facial Moisturizer, Night Cream and Eye Contour Cream that all layer and complement each other so well. Trust me, your parched winter skin will thank you many times over!
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 five pieces—Divine Cream, Divine Youth Oil, Divine Eye & Lip Contour, Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream, and Youth Hand 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.
A wonder-working duo for dark spots, this gift set is an incredible steal (it’s worth nearly double!). The two mid-size products make a perfect pair: Mix the Vitamin C Booster into the brand’s best-selling Chebula Active Serum for a potent treatment that addresses fine lines, uneven skin tone, rough skin texture, lack of firmness, and of course, pesky dark spots.
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—and Renewing Cleansing Cream with mini sizes of Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream to minimize fine lines without irritation and dark circle–fighting Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum. The bonus: You don’t even need to wrap it—just throw on a red bow and tuck it under the tree.
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.
Kiehl’s Rockin’ Hits Vault ($170)
For the Kiehl’s-obsessed person in your life (I know a few myself, and I don’t blame them!), this eight-piece set will have them smiling from ear to ear. All full-size products, the festive—no wrapping needed—kit includes Ultra Facial Cleanser, Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, Clearly Corrective Dark-Spot Corrector, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Ultra Facial Cream, Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, and Creme De Corps (a body staple you’ll want on hand come winter).
You don’t have to be a yoga buff to love this trending brand, although these are awesome gym bag essentials. Both the Enzyme Facial Cleanser and Luminizing Facial Moisturizer are full-size, vegan and packed with antioxidant-rich amla fruit extract and other clean botanicals to keep skin radiant and blemish-free.
As the world opens back up in the new year, travel plans will once again grace our calendars and mini skin-care products will once again have a place in our beauty cabinets. This trio includes the Golden Cleanser, Harmony Mask and Skin Transformation Cream for cleansing, moisturizing and recharging your complexion anywhere your travels take you. And even if you’re going nowhere but your own living room, this is a great introduction to the brand, and an easy way to test out three customer favorites before committing to full-size.
Haven’t heard of this French pharmacy staple before? It’s not too late to get on board—it’s been on the vanities of beautiful French women for nearly 100 years, and not going away any time soon. What we love about this blue light–fighting set—aside from the fact that we all need it with the amount of screen time we’re logging these days—is the mix of textures and delivery systems. Blue Techni Liss Jour is a velvety moisturizer that melts into skin and protects it throughout the day, while Blue Techni Liss Regard is a cooling gel that shields the eye area. On top of that, you get three face masks and a pouch to store them all in.
Not only is this packaging fab, but the five-piece lineup is a serious steal! Valued at $112, it includes the fragrance-free Pure Skin Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads (a cult-favorite) and Eye Duty Niacinamide Brightening Eye Cream for a visible difference in skin luminosity, Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration (a dry-skin staple come winter), and exfoliating KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA. Aside from sunscreen, it’s a complete regimen in a box!
Who wouldn’t be impressed by this serious skin-care kit, which highlights four of the brand’s most popular products: Citrus Brightening Cleanser (you’ll want to restock this as soon as you run out), peptide- and vitamin C–rich Advanced Serum Concentrate and Advanced Eye Cream, and Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer, which does exactly what it sounds like it will for healthier, younger-looking skin. What a way to reset for 2022!
Founded by licensed aesthetician Rachel Roff, this brand is a must-try for anyone with melanin-rich skin. We’re a big fan of Roff’s efficacious formulas, and especially the two that make up this duo—a mini version of the best-selling Even Tone Cleansing Bar and a full-size Even Tone Smooth & Glow Enzyme Mask—which features ClearTone Advanced Technology, a blend of five ingredients that work together to even skin tone.
For the one who loves face oils, this organic duo will not disappoint. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, the brand’s crowd-pleasing Rosehip Bioregenerate—it’s loaded with omega fatty acids and antioxidants—helps nourish skin and rev up its repair to minimize signs of aging as you sleep, and Carbon Star detoxifies skin to keep breakouts at bay. Not breakout-prone? Keep Rosehip and gift Carbon Star. It’s a win-win either way!
Whether your breakouts are from maskne, raging hormones or something else, this four-piece set contains everything you need to kick them to the curb and start the new year off with clear skin. Here’s what’s inside: mini versions of the Blemish Toner and Blemish Moisturizer, two Blemish Masks (sheet masks) and a 36-count pack of Blemish Patches (we love these!). How can you beat all that for $10, and in such cute packaging to boot?
This unisex-friendly, full-size kit features the brand’s three best-selling skin-care products: Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer and Detox Face Mask. It’s everything you need to keep skin purified (large pores be gone!) and plump. The moisturizer is a fan-favorite for its boost of hydration, firming amino acids and soothing almond extract.
For you or your health-nut/skin care–loving friend, how adorable is this superfood-infused miniature set? Sample five of the brand’s skin-perfecting staples: Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot brightens dull skin, Superfood + Vitamins Moisture Boost delivers lightweight hydration, Ginger + Vitamin C Bright Spot Tonic helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, Turmeric + Vitamin C Booster Eye Cream gives tired eyes a kickstart in the morning, and gentle Oat Milk Latte Cleanser makes the chore of face-washing a treat.
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.
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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