The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide for Women in Their 40s
Weeding through gift guides filled with shimmery lip glosses and acne-fighting skin care aren’t exactly helpful when you’re looking for gifts to get your 40-something girlfriends this holiday season. So, leave the neon eyeshadow and peach-scented makeup for your 15-year-old niece, and opt for these luxe picks, perfect for every woman in her 40s.
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This new-and-improved version of the brand's classic Regenerating Serum was worth the 10-year wait. Think: a lightweight yet hefty collagen and elastin boost (thanks to the new Metabolic Ferment) plus beefed-up antioxidant protection to keep pollution, UV rays and free radicals at bay.
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin Capsules ($48 for 30 pieces; $84 for 60)
Biodegradable encapsulation technology makes this no-nonsense brightener 178 times more potent than traditional vitamin C. If your sensitive skin is already worried about any potential irritation, natural clary sage, a natural anti-inflammatory, has your back.
Thinning strands? No problem. Densifying polymers instantly plump fine strands while serious peptides and botanicals create fuller-looking strands over time.
Aside from bottling the highest concentration of pure THD Ascorbate on the market (30 percent!), this supercharged formula helps fade fine lines, brighten tone and support the skin’s natural production of vitamins C and E for better-looking skin both now and in the long-run.
Beautycounter Countertime Collection (starting at $49; full collection available for $382)
Beautycounter’s long-awaited anti-aging collection is finally here, and it was so worth the wait. From the luxe glass packaging to the all-natural retinol alternative found in each product (a blend of bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine Rose) picking just one wrinkle-smoothing favorite from this collection would be a crime.
Expect deep creases to appear filled and lax skin to look lifted once you reach the end of this small-but-mighty bottle. Think it can’t get any better? Its non-comedogenic, fragrance- and oil-free formula makes it safe for even the most sensitive skin types.
If potent serums or heavy moisturizers aren’t fulfilling their age-fighting properties, it might be time to bring in the big guns. With consistent use for 5 minutes every day, this high-tech beauty device will help improve facial contour, tone and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
NewBeauty TestTube ($29.95)
NewBeauty’s reinvented TestTube is overflowing with head-to-toe products (including multiple that that are full-size) curated and tested by our editors. Friends in their 40s will especially love July's Sanitas Brightening Peel Pads ($74 value) and Skin Research Laboratories NeuLash ($65 value)—plus seven more products—all for less than $30.
If there’s anything we’ve learned the last few years, it’s that beauty really comes from within—a healthy body equals healthy skin, hair and nails. For around $30 each month, you can gift a friend or loved personalized daily vitamins, curated just for them after taking a brief survey.
Lashify The Control Kit ($145)
Not your average falsies, the Lashify brand has brought lash extensions into the comfort of your own home. Filled with two sets of lashes, bond glue infused with biotin, a clear finishing coat and a fuse control wand, the Lashify lashes can last up to one to seven days and are much stronger than your average false lashes (but less expensive than a trip to the lash extension salon).