25 skin-care gifts they'll use every day - from hydrating sheet masks to cult-favorite serums

skin care gifts 2Glow Recipe Facebook

  • The holidays always seem to bring out the worst in our skin but throw in rough winds and dry air, and you've got the perfect storm for a dull, stressed, and sallow complexion.
  • That's why a skin-care gift like a moisturizing face mask or a set of travel-friendly oils is so thoughtful - they're the gifts that keep on giving.
  • Here are 25 skin-care gifts they'll love using. And if you're still stuck on gift ideas, check out all our gift guides over here.

Does anyone else feel like their skin is at their worst during the holidays?

Between endless cocktails, plates of cookies, and serious lack of sleep, skin can look tired, dull, puffy, or littered with annoying breakouts. And it's not like the cold hair or blustery winds is helping either.

That's why a skin-care gift is a super thoughtful idea. Not only are you reminding them to take care of themselves, but good skin lasts way longer than a box of chocolates (though we won't say no to that either).

Here are 25 masks, serums, creams, and more that they'll use even after the holidays are over:

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Find all the best offers at our Coupons page.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Insider Picks team. We highlight products and services you might find interesting. If you buy them, we get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. We operate independently from our advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback. Email us at insiderpicks@businessinsider.com.

{{}}

View As: One Page Slides

Travel-friendly oils and serums

Travel-friendly oils and serums
Herbivore Jewel Box Mini Facial Oil + Serum Set, $58 (valued at $72), available at Sephora

Once they get past how gorgeous the oils and serums are, they'll realize just how effective they are at moisturizing, brightening, and nourishing skin. I personally like to use the oils on top of the serum, but this set lets them mix and layer products however they want.

A gorgeous set of clean skin-care products

A gorgeous set of clean skin-care products
Tatcha Skincare for Makeup Lovers: Dewy Glow Set, $65 (valued at $105), available at Sephora

This set includes four popular clean skin-care products — a cleanser made with moisturizing camellia oil, a gel moisturizer that intensely hydrates, a hydrating mist that imparts a dewy finish, and a primer for a smooth canvas.

Sheet masks clinically tested to provide up to 24 hours of hydration

Sheet masks clinically tested to provide up to 24 hours of hydration
Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask, $48, available at Nordstrom

If they get regular laser facial treatments at Skin Laundry, help them keep their skin in tip-top shape between sessions with an intensely hydrating sheet mask.

This is also the same mask they get after doing an Ultra Fractional facial; according to the brand, they've been tested to hydrate skin up to 24 hours after just one use and help minimize fine lines in as little as two hours.

A go-bag with all their favorite products

A go-bag with all their favorite products
Drunk Elephant Precious Cargo Kit, $88 (valued at $132), available at Sephora

This set includes some of Drunk Elephant's best-selling skin-care products, including the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, which we reviewed here. The zippered carrying case makes it easy to transport all the products too.

Best-selling Korean skin-care products

Best-selling Korean skin-care products
Best of 2019 Starter Set, $47, available at Soko Glam

This starter set includes Soko Glam's 10 most innovative and beloved skin-care products of 2019. The reusable tote comes with hydrating moisturizers, brightening serums, and more.

Here's the full breakdown of each item.

A microcurrent device to help tone and lift their skin

A microcurrent device to help tone and lift their skin
NuFace Trinity Mini Shimmer All Night Set, $199 (valued at $273), available at Nordstrom

This microcurrent device can help lift and tone skin, especially around the jawline and cheeks. If you follow the brand's instructions and use it on your forehead, cheeks, and jawline, it takes around 10 minutes.

I personally used this in the months leading up to my wedding and noticed that my jaw was much more defined than usual.

A set of masks they'll use within a week

A set of masks they'll use within a week
Dr. Jart+ 7 Day Mask Experiment, $27.50 (originally $39, valued at $57), available at Sephora

They can do a sheet mask every night with this set. Each one has a different purpose like hydrating, brightening, clearing pores, and more.

An exfoliating set that helps get rid of dull skin

An exfoliating set that helps get rid of dull skin
Kate Sommerville Get Up & Glow Kit, $49 [valued at $104], available at Ulta

A full 2-ounce bottle of Kate Somerville's cult-favorite exfoliating treatment usually costs $85 so this is an extremely good deal.

Here's a full review of the exfoliating treatment.

Invisible acne patches for breakouts

Invisible acne patches for breakouts
CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch, $5, available at Soko Glam

Everyone gets breakouts. These stick-on acne patches help deal with pimples and spots overnight, so they're gone by morning. Since the patches are clear, they can even dab some concealer on top and use them during the day.

Watermelon-infused skin-care that hydrates and soothes

Watermelon-infused skin-care that hydrates and soothes
Glow Recipe Let It Glow Set, $48 (valued at $76), available at Sephora [You save $28]

Glow Recipe's cult-favorite line of watermelon-based products are constantly sold out, so don't wait on this set. It includes a cleanser, moisturizer, and overnight mask so their skin will stay hydrated all winter long.

A trio of masks they can use on-the-go

A trio of masks they can use on-the-go
Summer Fridays Merry & Brighter Set, $64 ($90), available at Sephora

This set includes three different masks that hydrate, exfoliate, and plump skin. They can use them separately or together for major TLC.

Overnight hydrating lip masks

Overnight hydrating lip masks
Laneige Kiss Me at Midnight Set, $28, available at Sephora

These overnight masks are thick, but they'll bring your lips back to life. In fact, I use a light layer during the day to keep my lips smooth and nourished; here's a full review.

A K-beauty anti-aging starter pack

A K-beauty anti-aging starter pack
AmorePacific Travel Size Everyday Essentials Set, $75 (valued at $96), available at Nordstrom

If they still haven't hopped on the K-beauty train, this set will convince them. It includes five of AmorePacific's efficacious anti-aging products, all formulated with powerful botanicals.

Hydrating oil that also helps even out their skin

Hydrating oil that also helps even out their skin
Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil, $12.99, available at Ulta

This multi-purpose oil might not look fancy, but it's effective at hydrating, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and evening out skin tone.

Multi-tasking cream that offers 24-hour hydration

Multi-tasking cream that offers 24-hour hydration
Embryolisse Travel 24-Hour Miracle Cream, $16, available at Urban Outfitters

This cult-fave French cream pulls triple-duty as a primer, moisturizer, and makeup remover. The magic is in the concentrated shea butter and aloe formula that offers 24 hours of hydration and, of course, some of that French je ne sais quoi.

An Instagram-ready pink clay mask

An Instagram-ready pink clay mask
Sand&Sky The Ultimate Pore Perfection Kit, $49 (valued at $59), available at Sephora

Sand&Sky's pink clay mask may be Instagram-famous, but it's more than just selfie-ready.

The mask helps draw out impurities and oil from clogged pores, while licorice evens out skin tone and vitamin C brightens. This set also thoughtfully includes a brush for easy application, a mitt to help wash off the mask, and an exfoliating treatment for extra-clogged skin.

A complete skin-care routine

A complete skin-care routine
Clarisonic Smart Skincare + Mario Badescu Holiday Gift Set, $169, available Ulta

If they're looking for a whole new skin-care routine, this is a great starter set. I

t comes with a smart cleansing brush from Clarisonic (the OG of cleansing devices) and three best-selling Mario Badescu products — a cleansing gel, facial spray, and my personal favorite — a nourishing night cream.

A cult-favorite daily chemical peel

A cult-favorite daily chemical peel
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel, $88, available at Sephora

These two-step treatment pads are loaded with alpha-hydroxy acids like lactic, citric, and malic, and beta hydroxy acids like willow bark to exfoliate, nourish, and even out skin tone.

Here's a review of why we love it so much.

A powerful anti-aging serum

A powerful anti-aging serum
iS CLINICAL Pro-Heal Serum Advance+, $148, available at Amazon

For those who don't play around with their anti-aging routine, try this powerful serum.

It's formulated with a high concentration of naturally occurring growth factors that help improve the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone and texture.

An anti-aging duo for tired skin

An anti-aging duo for tired skin
Augustinus Bader The Cream, $265, available at Neiman Marcus

Rich but lightweight, this cream has been 30 years in the making. It's loaded with vitamins A, B, C, and E to help brighten and fight off damaging free radicals, and formulated without parabens, fragrances, and mineral oils.

A micro-roller to help treat hyperpigmentation and uneven texture

A micro-roller to help treat hyperpigmentation and uneven texture
StackedSkincare Micro-Roller, $30, available at Amazon

For those who are into beauty tools, this micro-roller will become a new staple in their routine. When used solo, it can help rejuvenate skin; when used with serums or oils, it can help skin absorb products better and deeper.

A cult-favorite serum

A cult-favorite serum
SK-II Pietra Aura Bright Kit Fantasista Utamaro, $110 (valued at $160), available at Sephora

One splash of SK-II's iconic essence will help lighten dark spots, improve radiance, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. This kit includes a brightening serum and cleanser too.

Multi-tasking creams they'll want to keep in every bag

Multi-tasking creams they'll want to keep in every bag
Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm Duo, $27 (valued at $33.90), available at Nordstrom

I use this multipurpose balm everywhere — face, hands, cuticles, even the ends of my hair. It's super hydrating and doesn't leave behind a heavy scent or tacky feeling. In fact, I might buy a second one for myself this year.

A Bluetooth-enabled LED mask

A Bluetooth-enabled LED mask
Foreo UFO, $279, available at Sephora

When used with the brand's masks, this innovative Bluetooth-enabled LED tool helps ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin for more efficacious results.

A colorful mask that's fun to use

A colorful mask that's fun to use
Graffiti Collective Pure Grit Exfoliating Face Mask, $45, available at Neiman Marcus

This bright blue mask exfoliates and makes for great self-care selfies. It's made with walnut shells, papaya enzymes, bentonite clay, and kaolin clay to help get rid of dead skin and congested pores.

Add Comment()
Comments ()
X
Sort By:
Be the first one to comment.
We have sent you a verification email. This comment will be published once verification is done.