Male or female, adult or child, skin care products are always a hit around the holidays. From luxurious body balms that make skin feel soft and supple to exfoliants that scrub away impurities, allowing skin to glow. From sun-savvy products that protect you from harsh UV rays to quality products intended for your feet, hands or face.
Individually, skin care products make for ideal stocking stuffers or can be complementary to another gift you're handing out. Also consider purchasing a skin care gift basket
. You can even put together your own by purchasing a charming basket
and filling it to the brim with myriad skin care products.
No matter what you decide to do, we hope our list for the top holiday gifts for skin care inspire!
We all know at least one person who enjoys sprawling out under the sun with next to nothing on. There's something about the pulsing warmth of the sun's rays, a cool breeze and a pina colada within arms reach. Sunscreen and other sun-savvy skin care products are a must for such occasions. After all, nobody wants to end up with tired, leathery skin in their 30s, 40s or even 50s!
Though you'd think basking near the waters is the only time you really need to protect your skin, the reality is that you need to constantly be thinking about your delicate dermis. That's why sun care products are a great gift for practically anyone!
We love Kiss My Face's Oat Protein Sun Screen SPF 30
($13), Vichy's Face Stick SPF 50+
($35) and Fruit of the Earth's 100% Aloe Vera Gel
($5) for already sunkissed skin. As for gift sets, try surprising your favorite golf-addict with an Arizona Sun Golf Set
($10) It's a neatly composed package that includes sunscreen, lip balm, golf tees, golf balls and ball markers. We also fancy La Fresh's Sunscreen Towelette's SPF 30 Gift Box
Everyone knows there's nothing appealing about sorry, dry skin. No ma'am! As a result, thick moisturizers, luxurious creams and body balms and butters are always a smashing hit for whomever receives such a gift.
When it comes to creams, the better smelling and higher quality the product is, the better. That's precisely why we recommend any L'Occitane product
available on the market. Though a bit pricier than your typical hand store-bought hand lotion, it's completely worth the dinero and lasts for ages. Two especially swoon-worthy products that make great holiday gifts are the L'Occitane's Lavender Hand Cream Trio
($30) and the L'Occitane Hands Indulgences
($46) that includes 1 oz. tubes of their Shea Hand Cream, Sweet Cherry Hand Cream and Shea Vanilla Hand Cream.
For men consider something sans-scent, like Givenchy's Man Pro-Energizing Massive Moisturizer
($38) or the pictured Three Piece Bora Bora Gift Set by Liz Clairborne
($27). It includes 3.4 oz of cologne, 3.4 oz of body moisturizer and 3.4 oz of hair/body wash.
Treat those on your holiday gift list with skin care products made solely for feet (pun intended). They'll be stoked to know that someday in the near future, they'll come home from a long day at work and be able to treat themselves to a mini foot spa! treat! And a foot spa treat is the best kind of treat, am I right?
For this type of holiday skin care gift, we really love the idea of putting together a gift basket and filling it with all sorts of goodies. For individual products, make sure you check out Burts Bee's Peppermint Foot Lotion
($9). It's infused with peppermint oil and menthol to sooth and parsely oil and hazel to deodorize. And don't forget to include extra doo dads, like this Lather Pumice Stone
($6) and these Heel Cushions by Foot Petals
If you're low on time, you can always buy one pre-made, though. We're feeling Rochelle Rose's Fabulous Footsies Collection
($25) that comes with their Sole Mate Foot Soap, Tired Tootsies Foot Soak and Twinkle Toes Foot Cream. We also like the Complete Foot Care Gift Basket put together by Gourmet Baskets
You can moisturize, hydrolize, sterilize and scents-itize all you like -- without a proper exfoliant, your skin will look tired, dull and weary. Exfoliants contain varying sizes of grit which, when scrubbed across the skin, eliminate dead skin cells and dirt. After rinsing clean and drying off in the shower, users will notice their skin feels smoother and cleaner and is far more radiant than before.
The grit found in exfoliants come in many sizes and forms, including salt, sugar and actual stone particles. Some exfoliants only contain small amounts of fine grit. Others contain large amounts of thick, chunky grit that works well for feet, elbows and knees. Exfoliants we adore include Bidwell Botanicals' Chamomile Lavender Sugar Scrub
($19), Organic Bath Company's Lavendar/Vanilla Body Polish
($13) and Zirh Holding's Facial Scrub
Note that the lucky recipient can apply by hand, wash cloth or even bath sponge. As an added gesture, you can include something like EcoTools' Shower Mitt
($2.50) or this Earthline 7 in. Sea Sponge
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