The 14 Best Beauty Gifts for Skincare Enthusiasts

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Best Beauty Gifts for The Skincare Enthusiast
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For as fun and social as skincare can be — who doesn't love swapping serum recommendations or posting a good #sheetmaskselfie? — the way our skin behaves, and how it reacts to certain products is as unique as a fingerprint.

So the hard truth is that it can take years of trial and error to find the products for our skin that actually delivers the results we're chasing.

Now, imagine trying to find great products for someone else's skin. A tough, but not impossible task, the gift of good skincare is a way to say you care about someone's well being and encourage them to take some time out for themselves. Plus, finding the right products to give is actually totally achievable, with the help of this guide.

With so many holiday sets out there, we've broken down the best skincare gifts for each and every skin type and concern.

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For the Skincare Noobie: The Ordinary The Daily Set

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Real talk: Building your first skincare routine can be overwhelming. Not only are there a lot of ingredients, there are even more products to choose from. That's where this set from The Ordinary comes in. The three products can serve as a skincare starter kit, formulated with some of the most popular, tried-and-true ingredients for hydration and skin barrier support. There's squalane for moisturization, vitamin B5 for surface hydration, and hyaluronic acid for a boost of moisture and plumpness.

To shop: $19;

For Dry Skin: Farmacy Honey Harvest Hydration Kit

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'Tis the season for dry, flaky skin, and this honey-powered Farmacy set has thirsty skin covered, whether it's seasonal or year-round. The brand's cult-favorite Honeymoon Glow Resurfacing Serum is smoothing and brightening treatment that also hydrates skin, Filling Good is a hyaluronic acid , collagen, and peptide serum that hydrates and plumps skin to minimize the look of fine lines, and the Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer is packed with antioxidants and ceramides to replenish and strengthen the skin barrier to prevent future dryness.

To shop: $60;

For the Facial Fan: Dr. Dennis Gross Merry, Smooth & Bright Set

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The gift of an at-home facial treatment is the next best thing to hitting up a spa. This Dr. Dennis Gross set contains come of the brand's cult-favorite products, including an LED light mask that uses a combo of red and blue light to treat acne, discoloration, and loss of firmness. The selfie-worthy mask can be used in conjunction with the exfoliating peel pads and the retinol and ferulic acid face and eye serums for a complete mini facial.

To buy: $435;

For the Skincare Traditionalist: La Mer The Energize & Replenish Set

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Whether you're gifting this set of mini classic La Mer products to one very lucky person in your life or yourself, it's worth the splurge. The four products are infused with the iconic brand's infamous miracle broth, a fermented juice which is said to renew cells to improve skin's overall appearance, including minimizing dullness and fine lines.

To shop: $195;

For the #Skincare Hashtag Follower: Drunk Elephant Littles Night Out

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Drunk Elephant is one of the most popular skincare brands on social media, but for good reason. The formulas all contain all-star active ingredients like retinol, peptides, and AHA acids, with a focus on plant-based ingredients. This set comes with five of the brand's cult-favorite products including a full size of Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser to cleanse, resurfacing Framboos Glycolic Night Serum for uneven skin tone and texture, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum for extra hydration, and moisturizing Protini Polypeptide Cream to smooth and firm. Plus, a cute neon mesh carrying case so you can use them wherever the holidays take you.

To shop: $50;

For the Skincare Minimalist: Youth to the People The Minimalist 3-Step Skincare Kit

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Your skincare routine doesn't need 13 steps in order to be effective. For skincare minimalists, this Youth to the People three-product set covers all of the bases. The cult-favorite Kale + Green Tea Superfood Cleanser rinses away makeup, dirt, and excess oil without stripping skin, while the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream hydrates and protects skin. Rounding out the trio is the 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum, a treatment that evens tone and depuffs.

To shop: $46;

For the Glow Chaser: Tatcha The Botanical Brightening Set

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Who doesn't love glowy, supple skin? This three-piece Tatcha set is curated with the product equipped to give you dewy dolphin skin. It includes a full-sizes of the Violet-C radiance Mask and The Silk Peony eye cream, along with a travel-size Violet-C Brightening Serum.

To shop: $110;

For Acne-Prone Skin: Dermalogica Clear + Brighten Set

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While acne was the most common skin concern in the country pre-COVID, the pandemic has created a whole new category of breakouts: maskne. Whether your friend, sister, mom, cousin, or partner is dealing with blemishes, they will appreciate you investing in their journey to clearer skin by gifting them this Dermalogica set specifically designed for adult acne-prone skin. It includes an exfoliator, serum, and spot treatment can be used to treat skin pre, mid, and post-breakout.

To shop: $45;

For Oily Skin: Clinique Great Skin, Great Deal Set for Combination Oily Skin

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There's a fine line between dewy and oily skin, and this Clinique set is here to help. It comes with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer to hydrate, brighten, and balance oily skin types.

To shop: $32;

For Dull Winter Skin: Biossance Unstoppable Glow Set

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This gentle but effective Biossance trio includes a full-size moisturizer, plus a mini illuminating face oil and exfoliating serum. Together, the simple routine can help repair dryness and uneven texture so skin appears smoother and brighter.

To shop: $59;

For Sensitive Skin: Ren Stop Being So Sensitive Set

Best Skincare Gifts

No one's skin is exactly the same, and a product you love might cause your sister or friend irritation. That's where Ren's set comes in. The products are formulated to be gentle on all skin types, but still deliver results. Consider it a foolproof option for anyone in your life who's into skincare (or yourself).

To shop: $30;

For the One Who Likes Luxury: Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask

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Everyone deserves to treat themselves simply for making it through this year. And that's where Chantecaille's Gold Recovery Mask comes in. It's infused with actual 24K gold, in addition to blackcurrant seed oil, silk, a probiotic, and peptides. Together, these ingredients promote a firmer, calmer, brighter complexion.

To shop: $275;

For Dry Winter Lips: Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm Trio

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Spending even more time at home this winter means your skin will inevitably be drier, thanks to stale indoor air and central heating. Summer Fridays' fan-favorite lip butters are treatments that soothe and restore moisture, and some even have tints. The set comes with three flavors: Vanilla, Vanilla Beige, and Brown Sugar.

To shop: $48;

For Smooth Skin from Head to Toe: Soft Services Smoothing Deluxe Gift Set

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The skin below your neck deserves some attention, too. That's where body care brand Soft Services comes in. This set includes physical and chemical exfoliants to buff dry skin and treat bumps, plus a hydrating body lotion to lock in moisture. Bonus: the products come with the brand's Soap Home bar soap case and a reusable travel bag.

To shop: $126;

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