If you're looking for some early gifting inspo, board-certified dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, FAAD is stating her case for why holiday skin-care gifts should be on everyone's wishlist. "[Skin-care products] make great gifts because everyone has skin, and everyone should be taking care of it," Dr. Nazarian says. "It's also a multi-tasking type of gift: It encourages self care and relaxation, which is great for overall mental health."
Helping people relax, stick to their skin-care routines, and achieve their glowy skin goals? Sounds like a pretty phenomenal gift. Keep reading to see which holiday skin-care gifts would make the cut onto Dr. Nazarian's personal wishlist this year, and if none of her picks seem right for someone on your list, no worries—QVC has deals on both currently trending and longtime standby brands alike, so you'll have no trouble finding a gift for everyone (and saving some money while you're at it).
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A great gloss is the *perfect* stocking stuffer—and this lip serum duo will not disappoint. Thanks to collagen and nourishing microalgae oil, this formula will keep anyone’s lips hydrated. Plus, in a consumer survey, 86 percent of women agreed that their lips appeared smoother and more plump after 28 days.
If you’re shopping for the serious skin-care aficionado in your life, this is the splurge set for them. Vitamin C is one of Dr. Nazarian’s favorite antioxidants for skin protection to help fight against free radical aggressors, she says. “I encourage all my patients to use a form of vitamin C each morning under their sunscreen to [help] preserve their skin.”
Looking for more of a body care gift? Dr. Nazarian suggests this treatment that can be used once a week. AHAs and BHAs are a great way to improve the appearance of skin’s texture, she says. “The combination of glycolic acid and salicylic acid is used to [help remove] dead skin cells and chemically exfoliate skin,” she says.
Give the gift of SPF this year with this set from ELEMIS that contains Dr. Nazarian’s recommended minimum of 30 SPF or higher and comes with an adorable headband. One of her favorite products in the set is the cleansing balm, which she says is a gentle way to remove makeup, dirt, and bacteria without stripping too much of the skin’s natural oils.
For a spa-esque gift, grab this duo of rose masks that’ll supply their DIY facials for all of next year. “I like the combination of using rose extracts with other hydrating ingredients, such as aloe, allantoin, and glycerin, which are softening and moisturizing agents,” Dr. Nazarian says. “It’s a nice one-stop shop.”
What’s the importance of hyaluronic acid to skin? We’ll let Dr. Nazarian take this one. “Using a product with hyaluronic acid is an easy way to help replenish hydration for dry skin,” she says. Basically, these body creams are perfect for anyone who could use a hydration boost.
Here’s another holiday set that has an abundance of Dr. Nazarian’s favorite vitamin—vitamin C, of course. The set of serums and moisturizer is formulated to help visibly brighten the complexion.
Need a gift for the friend who has everything? We can *almost* guarantee they don’t own an eyelid serum yet. “With ingredients like sunflower seed oil and hyaluronic acid, this product is trying to… improve moisture, which is a nice way to decrease the appearance of dry, fine lines,” Dr. Nazarian says. Cheers to getting your holiday gift list checked off early this year—now you’ve earned a self-care moment (so grab yourself a soothing face mask while you’re shopping).
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