50+ Beauty Gifts Dermatologists Give Their Friends and Family

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Whether it’s a back-to-school boost or just because, nothing gets the good-present points like a little something beauty. From serums and sunscreen to in-office treatments and a whole lot of SkinCeuticals, these are the glowing-skin gifts the experts like to give—at any and every time of the year.

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“Everyone always loves their neurotoxin and now we have four to chose from; they are all a home run. I also think getting a Clear + Brilliant laser makes a special gift. A little more pampering is involved and skin looks amazing.” —Beverly Hills, CA dermatologist Rhonda Rand, MD

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“My top three little ‘just because’ gifts: 1. Derma Topix Intensive Hand Cream ($20)—it’s the best hand cream on the planet. I dispense it at my office without private labeling. One tube lasts forever and once you’ve tried it, you can’t use any other hand cream. It moisturizes and seals without being sticky and it lasts through several hand washings.mIts also great for elbows, knees, feet and lips. 2. ISDIN Mineral Powder Sunscreen ($55). Everyone needs this in their bag or pocket all season long. I often end up giving my own container straight from my bag; I did that at the last family Bat Mitzvah to my fair-haired 19-year-old cousin. 3. Caudalie Vine Body Butter ($34). This is a pick-me-up moisturizer for anyone and everyone.  Feels great, rubs in quickly and elegantly, provides prolonged moisturization and a relaxing aromatherapy. Also great to apply to kids before bed as part of a night time relaxation ritual.” —Nanuet, NY dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf, MD

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“I love Cysteamine, which now has a new name of Cyspera, and strongly recommend it to all my patients who have any problems with hyperpigmentation. This product works on the face, on the lips, under the arms and even on sensitive areas like the inner thighs. This is one great product!” —Montclair, NJ dermatologist Jeanine B. Downie, MD

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“I usually give a Botox treatment or a chemical peel!” —Glenn Dale, MD dermatologist Valerie D. Callender, MD

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“I love a goodie bag of EltaMD tinted sunscreen ($31), Avène Thermal Spring Water ($9) and Avène XeraCalm ($34) to battle dry skin.” —Prospect, KY dermatologist Tami Buss Cassis, MD

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“I always give my girlfriends ‘Birthday Botox’ and/or Fraxel Clear + Brilliant laser treatment to re-set the clock. My friends and family have also become accustomed to receiving The A Method C-Gel Antioxidant ($118) as their annual ‘New Year, Re-New You’ present.” —Washington, D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD

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“We give the NeuLash Professional product ($80)—both neuLash and neuBrow—to our friends and family! It is a great product for lash and brow growth that offers a bitamoprost-free experience. Many people love it if they have tried Latisse in the past and were allergic or couldn’t continue it for other reasons.” —Omaha, NE dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, MD

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Iridesse Night Nutrient ($150), Iridesse Kiss ($55), Iridesse Eye Love It ($100), and SkinCeutical Fusion ($34). They are really more by request!” —Richmond, VA plastic surgeon Ruth Hillelson, MD

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Brickell’s Restoring Eye Balm for Men ($40) is a great stocking stuffer. It contains naturally derived hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, caffeine to reduce dark circles and puffiness, protein peptides to stimulate collagen production, and MSM to smoothen out pigment abnormalities. The guys in my family appreciate natural ingredients that help them look more energized.” —Washington, D.C., dermatologist Farhaad Riyaz, MD

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“The gift of prevention. A little SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic ($166) is an exceptional gift to protect, prevent and correct aging skin.” —Neenah, WI dermatologist Victoria Negrete, MD

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“At our practice, the SkinBetter Science combo pack of AlphaRet® ($110) glycolic and retinoid combination that is over-the-counter and Alto Defense ($145), an antioxidant serum, are always amazing stocking stuffers or gifts. AlphaRet helps with collagen boosting to minimize fine lines, acne and pigmentation, while Alto Defense minimizes damage from environmental assault including UV light and pollutants. The antioxidants work to cut down on free radicals generated by toxins that not only degrade collagen and elastin, but also cause mutations in cell DNA increasing the risk of skin cancer.” —Campbell, CA dermatologist Amelia K. Hausauer, MD

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“I encourage everyone to wear sunscreen every day, so I give it in many varieties: Brush-on powder (Colorescience Sunforgettable [$65]), clear (EltaMD UV Clear [$33]), and water-resistant (EltaMD UV Sport [$24]). Also, SkinMedica HA5 ($178) is a universal favorite for hydrating and smoothing skin. —Newport Beach, CA dermatologist Anne Marie McNeill, MD

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“For my close friends that I know well, I customize a skin-care gift with a few essentials: An oil-free tinted sunscreen, an antioxidant (like C E Ferulic) and an eye cream. Those are three things everyone needs.” —Rockwall, TX dermatologist Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD

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SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($281).” —Washington, D.C., dermatologist Sarika Snell, MD

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SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($166) and SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Moisturizer ($128).” —Jericho, NY dermatologist Sarika Banker, MD

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“Botox is always a family favorite—who doesn’t appreciate the gift of reduced wrinkles for the holidays? Other favorites are Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream ($97) and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum ($166). EltaMD sunscreens and Revision Skincare Black Mask ($43) make the perfect stocking stuffers. I have witnessed an all-out war over the Revision Skincare Black Mask during a dirty Santa gift exchange. I also love Jane Iredale’s Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($30) for the gift of dewy skin during the winter months. I love it so much I practically bathe in it year-round.” —Covington, LA dermatologist Christel Malinski, MD

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“My go-to winter gift is Vivant 8% Mandelic Acid Serum ($60). It’s an inexpensive light peel that targets skin rejuvenation—plus acne, blemishes and aging—so it’s a perfect fit for many skin types (and picky friends). For any stronger peels, this must only be done in the office by a board-certified dermatologist.” —Chicago dermatologist Danny DelCampo, MD

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“A skin-care regimen goodie bag with products I’m loving like Skin Better Alto Defense Antioxidant Serum ($145), EltaMD UV Clear ($33) and Alastin Restorative Skin Complex ($195). When you add in a prescription retinoid, then you can really prevent, treat and restore for youthful, glowing skin.” —Laguna Hills, CA dermatologist Jennifer Channual, MD

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“I spoil my three sisters and mother each year with one top-notch product. This year I’m giving Epionce Intensive Nourishing Cream ($86) because it’s just the drink of water dry skin needs and it goes well with all the tretinoin and retinol I have them hooked on from last year! Also, you can’t go wrong with luxurious lashes with Latisse, of which I’ve been known to put in stockings.” —Dermatologist Kimberly Jerdan, MD of the California Skin Institute

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“My go-to holiday gift is Alastin HydraTint Sunscreen ($55). It’s a lightweight, all-physical broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides environmental protection. Lastly, the universal tint works for all skin types.” —Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew J. Elias

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“A ‘Botox Browlift’ to keep those eyes bright through the party season; Restorsea Eye Serum ($85) for those under 35; Aivita Root of Skin MD Eye Cream ($120) for us older girls!” —New Orleans dermatologist Mary Lupo, MD

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“My family’s and friend’s favorite gift is always Botox or Dysport. I also think Replenix Retinol 5x or Citrix Vitamin C Cream are great products to gift. These, along with daily sunscreen and a hydrating moisturizer, provide the basics for a good skin-care regimen.” —Fairfax, VA dermatologist Sarah Nakib, MD

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“Definitely Botox. Also, I love the SkinBetter Science line for eliminating wrinkles around the eyes and face.” —Astoria, NY dermatologist Lilly-Rose Paraskevas, MD

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“This year, I’m giving a smorgasbord of sunscreen to my relative who is still a sunbather so she finds one she likes: Alastin HydratTint ($55), La Roche-Posay AOX SPF 50 ($43), EltaMD Clear SPF 46 ($33), Colorescience Sunforgettable Powder ($65) and Ilia lipstick with SPF ($28). My other relative is older and only uses clean products so I’m getting her: Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser ($32), Mad Hippie Vitamin C ($34), Coola sunscreen, Herbivore Orchid Oil ($64), and Follain Body Wash ($24).” —Brookline, MA dermatologist Papri Sarkar, MD

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