Skincare Holiday Gift Guide
We all have that one friend who’s obsessed with skincare. Whether you have that friend (or are that friend), you can never go wrong with gifting the gift of beautiful and flawless skin. That’s why we’ve rounded up 14 skincare products that you can gift or treat yourself with this holiday season! From lightweight moisturisers to brightening serums, this is what the dreams of skincare junkies are made of.
To Protect Against UV Rays
Sunplay’s Skin Aqua Tone Up
For a sunscreen that does way more than just protecting the skin from UV rays, try Sunplay’s Skin Aqua Tone Up. With a light lavender tint, this sunscreen offers colour correcting properties to reduce any yellow undertones, promoting translucent looking skin. White pearl particles are also infused into this formula to reflect light, brightening and concealing your skin’s imperfections. Essentially, this is a do-it-all product, that acts as a sunscreen, colour corrector and a primer. How’s that for a beauty bonus?
Sigi Skin’s Morning Glow Sunscreen
For the friend with ultra-sensitive skin, this sunscreen is definitely worth a try. Sigi Skin is a skincare label founded by local entrepreneur Xenia Wong. We love its light-whipped texture which is extremely blendable and gentle on the skin. Your friend won’t have to worry about any skin irritation or redness upon application. This sunscreen is also formulated with avocado extracts and Niacinamide which moisturisers and strengthens the skin’s barrier. It will leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated throughout the day.
Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber De-tox Bouncy Hydrating Gel
Friends with sensitive or combination skin types will find everything they want in this hydrating gel. We love this gel-based moisturiser for its lightweight and ultra-gentle formula. This product can replenish all the moisture in the skin lacks, without leaving it feeling overly greasy. It is also packed with cucumber extract and hyaluronic acid, giving you the instant gratification of soft and bouncy skin!
Skin Inc.’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum
For the friend who is constantly complaining about having dry skin, reach for Skin Inc.’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Don’t belittle its small bottle — with hyaluronic acid as its main component, this product can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, bringing even the most dehydrated skin back to life. Lightweight and fast-absorbing, this serum penetrates quickly into the skin without leaving any sticky residue. It’s definitely a miracle serum that’ll become a mainstay in your beauty cabinet.
Clinique’s Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
When faced with environmental pollutants on a daily basis, airborne particles can easily enter the skin, leading to a reduction in cell turnover and skin dehydration. This is why constant hydration is so important, to prevent our skin from drying out.
Laced with a barrier-protecting blend of barley and cucumber extracts, it works to not only lock-in moisture but to also shield our skin from harmful pollutants. With a fast-absorbing water-like texture, it leaves the skin feeling moisturised, fresh and protected — perfect for us city-dwellers.
Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum
I tend to avoid using brightening serums during the day because such products often contain some form of Alpha-hydroxy Acid (AHA) which will make our skin more prone to sunburns. That’s not the case for this C-Firma Serum by Drunk Elephant where the star of the show is Vitamin C (or L-ascorbic acid) and ferulic acid. These powerhouse ingredients work to brighten and repair the skin from environmental or sun damage to transform and even out the skin tone over time, leaving behind that healthy glow from within.
Sunday Riley’s Good Genes
For skin that is prone to acne scars and hyperpigmentation, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes would be the solution. Chock-full of purified grade lactic acid, this product can gently slough away all the dead skin cells that dull the skin, lightening your pigmentations with prolonged usage. This treatment is also enhanced with liquorice for an extra brightening effect and Aloe Vera to soothe the skin after all that exfoliation. The result? Smooth and glowy skin that is healthy and well-nourished. Pro Tip: we recommend using it this with Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil for quick and visible results!
Fresh’s Peony Brightening Night Serum Mask
Serums aren’t the only way to brighten and even out our skin tone. This overnight treatment mask is loaded with peony, liquorice root extract, and Vitamin C — all the ingredients that tackle dark spots and discolouration.
If you worry about dry skin, the hyaluronic acid found in this creamy mask will also serve to attract and retain moisture for a smooth, supple complexion. It’s time to treat yourselves (or your friend) by indulging in this luxurious treatment mask. Bright and radiant skin is just a sleep away.
Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser
Cleansing our skin with the right facial cleanser is always the first step to clearer and healthier skin. Made with three different types of clay (french green, bentonite, and white kaolin) and neroli oil, Sunday Riley has now launched this new and improved formula that is made for even the most sensitive of skins. These ingredients work together to draw out all the impurities accumulated in our pores without stripping the skin off its essential moisture, leaving it feeling clean and baby-soft.
Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment
Everyone’s skin needs a bit of detox once in a while, and Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment is the perfect way to give your friend’s skin that much-needed reboot. Clinically developed to address common skin concerns such as blemishes, redness and ingrown hair, this potent mud formula supports the skin’s natural oil balance while lifting away dirt and other skin congestions. Not just a detoxifying mask, this cult-favourite can act as a spot treatment as well. Dab some product onto your zit and watch it become smaller in no time!
Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder
For those who suffer from excessive and stubborn blackheads, Mario Badescu’s oil absorbent Silver Powder will help to combat that. Highly known for their drying lotion, this silver powder doesn’t fall far from its successor.
It contains natural astringents such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to clear and tighten the pores on your skin, removing those stubborn blackheads on your face. From the rave reviews we’ve seen online, it’s also great at helping with getting rid of pesky whiteheads as well so you can be sure your skin will be left feeling purified and sebum-free!
To Prevent Ageing
Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules
It’s never too early to take preventative action when it comes to fending off signs of ageing. While the constant application of sunscreen certainly puts you in the right direction, sometimes other products are also needed to maintain that youthful and vibrant appearance.
With a combination of Retinol and Ceramide, this powerful duo can visibly diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. We also love how the product is packed in individual capsules for targeted dosages and to also preserve the potency of Retinol to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Lancome’s Advanced Genefique
Inspired by cutting-edge science, Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique is the solution to any visible signs of ageing appearing on the face. With millions of probiotics packed into a single drop, this fresh and oil-free serum will penetrate into your skin instantly, getting it luminous and radiant in 7 days. For younger and plumper looking skin, this serum is definitely an indulgence you (and your friend) cannot afford to miss out on.
Clarins’ Double Serum
Double the serum, double the hydration. This dual-formula treatment is for the friend who is constantly worried about wrinkles and fine lines appearing on her face. Combining water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients, it tackles some of the biggest ageing skin concerns such as dry and saggy skin, making it firmer, brighter, and more hydrated. This formula is on the richer side, and is especially well suited for more mature skin issues.
Great skin is the perfect gift that’ll keep on giving, so don’t forget to give yourself a little something this Christmas as well! Happy holidays!