100+ Beauty Gifts Dermatologists Give Their Friends and Family

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Nothing gets the good-present points like a little something beauty, especially when it’s skin care–approved from the top experts who specialize in it. From serums and sunscreens to in-office treatments and a whole lot of SkinCeuticals, these are the glowing-skin gifts the experts like to give—any and every time of the year.

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“For those 30 and older, an anti-aging product pack from Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC consisting of Soap-free Cleanser, Hyaluronic Acid Quenching serum, Green Tea Cream, Daily Antioxidant Moisturizer With SPF 50 for the morning, Facial Firming and Dermal Restructuring Therapy, and Extra Hydration Cream. For something in-office, a laser photo-rejuvenation package of a BBL photo-facial and Picosure laser treatments. Products can be removed or added based on budget.” —New York dermatologist Jody A. Levine, MD

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“For the holidays, I love to treat my friends and family to the gift of glowing skin with Geneo Facials! These no-downtime, chemical-free treatments are great for all skin types for an instant glow with medical benefits for treating acne, melasma and signs of aging. My aunts and nieces love to receive medical-grade skin care products from my own skin care collection RX: Protect and RX: Restore. For the men and women in my family a gift certificate for a series of Fotona laser skin-tightening treatments for the eyelids, face and neck are very popular and much appreciated. Everyone loves to receive the gift of health and beauty.” —Monroe, LA dermatologist Janine Hopkins, MD

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“I love to treat my loved ones over the holidays and, this year, I treated my mom with a ‘combo cosmetic’ gift—some laser, Dysport, Restylane and PDO threads. Happy Holidays, mom!” —Davie, FL dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD

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“Although gift certificates at your favorite dermatologist’s or plastic surgeon’s office are great for holiday neurotoxin and dermal filler injections, there are a few other fantastic gifts I’d recommend. For stocking stuffers, Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow ($29), Makeup Eraser Makeup Remover Cloths ($20) and Alleyoop 4-in-1 Makeup Brush ($28). For special holiday gift giving, Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Eyes Are Forever Instant Eye Palette ($75), Stacked Skincare Dermaplaning Exfoliation Tool ($75), Olive and June Mani System ($80 for 6 polishes) and Opte Precision Skincare.” —Bloomfield Hills, MI dermatologist Linda C. Honet, MD

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“I’m treating my wife with Botox, Dysport, Juvéderm Voluma, Restylane Refyne and Defyne. We also have gift cards for Dr. Haberman Luxe Skin Care, which we created about 35 years ago working with an experienced cosmetic chemist.” —Saddle Brook, NJ dermatologist Dr. Fredric Haberman

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SunISDIN ($50). The specialized oral herbal and vitamin capsule supplement is used to help protect against the harmful UV rays of the sun. If I know I am going to be outside that day or in the car traveling, I typically take this in addition to applying sunscreen.” —Charlotte, NC dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD

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Exfoliating Bamboo Scrub ($49) is our best-selling product because no matter what your skin problem is, it can help. It heats up when wet and this provides a gentle pore-opening wave. I often refer to it as skin polish because after you use it your skin will glow and be radiant.” —West Palm Beach, FL dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD

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“Hydrating or exfoliating masks, eye masks from lines we carry, lip plumper and hydrators, shimmer dust in different metallics, gift certificates, shower and exfoliating products for the guys, and we love candles and air fresheners from Nest! But our big promotion for this holiday season is the Opulus. I think it will become one of the breakout products, just as the Clarisonic was some years ago.” — Spokane, WA dermatologist Wm. Philip Werschler, MD

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“Silk eye mask and pillowcase, back sleep training pillow, Revision Revox 7 Serum ($130) to use for under the eyes, SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF ($166) to reverse summer damage, Baby Foot Exfoliation Peel ($25), Clear + Brilliant session, food delivery from Blue Plate & Co.” —New York dermatologist Julie Russak, MD

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“Emepelle, Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment ($195), SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum ($265), a package of Hydrafacials, Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar ($195), Velashape series for skin-tightening, and VI peels to refresh the skin.” —Bay Harbor Islands, FL dermatologists Stacy Chimento, MD and Lucy L. Chen, MD

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The Box by Dr. Ava ($250) is my new curated ‘dermal delivery,’ so anyone, everywhere can get the benefit of a dermatologist recommended program, no appointment needed! I also like Cutera truSculpt Flex, which is a muscle-tightening, toning, firming and sculpting treatment that adjusts to your personal shape to achieve goals for abs, thighs and glutes; U.SK Under Skin offers precious and revitalizing elixirs that feature a combination of potent active ingredients, peptides, purified growth factors and precious metals or gemstone nanoparticles; Tizo Tizo3 Facial Primer Sunscreen ($42), which is ideal for sensitive skin and doubles as a primer in a silky, oil-free lotion with a luxurious matte finish; Restorsea PRO Intensive Treatment 10X ($195)—it is so much more than a hand cream, it is a full anti-aging treatment experience.” —Santa Monica, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD

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“For the holidays, I love gifting FarmHouse Fresh Shea Butter ($42) and Masks ($30). They smell fabulous and are fun! The moisturizers are great for dry skin in the winter and masks are refreshing.” —Rochester, NY dermatologist Lesley Loss, MD


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“Neurotoxin, chemical peel, microneedling, medical-grade retinol like the SkinBetter Science Alpharet ($125), which is my absolute favorite gentle retinol, and a rich moisturizer for the winter months like Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore ($128).” —Miami dermatologist Annie Gonzalez, MD

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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. I am the party-favorite for sunscreens galore!” —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. We also love to give FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Healing Body Balm ($16)—it is a great stocking stuffer.” —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 ($114) 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: an Indie Lee Cleanser, 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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