It’s official: The holiday season is upon us, which means you’re probably in the thick of shopping for gifts for everyone on your list. And while you might be splurging on your mom, sister, BFFs, and significant other, why not also treat yourself to something special, too? Want to give yourself (or someone you really care about) a gift or two that will keep on giving? Put down the holiday sweater and look for a few skin care products formulated to help create the appearance of a glow instead.
Keep the holiday spirit going year-round by treating yourself and your loved ones to the right skin care routine. After all, wouldn’t you agree that beautiful skin is a present worth giving? Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite skin care products to gift this year, including a charcoal mask, face moisturizer formulated with SPF and glycolic acid, and much more. Happy gifting!
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #1: CHARCOAL MASK
Brighten up your day (and the appearance of your skin) with a charcoal face mask, such as the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask. Formulated with three types of clay and charcoal, this face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, reduce the appearance of dull skin, and increase the look of luminosity. Immediately, skin looks brighter, while dirt, dust, and pollution are removed from the surface of skin. Besides the skin care perks of using a charcoal mask, face masks are also great for at-home spa days. Why not gift one to each of your girlfriends, then have them over for a slumber party? (Here are 6 Beauty Ideas for Your Next Girls’ Night In.)
To use our charcoal mask, all you have to do is apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use as part of your skin care routine three times a week for best results.
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #2: GLOW-ACTIVATING FACE MASK
It’s probably safe to say that your mom is kind of a superhero. So, allow her to pamper herself with our glow-activating mask for mature skin, the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask. This face mask helps renew skin’s youthful-looking rosiness through a fresh, cooling experience. The gel formula glides over skin to cool, refresh, and leave skin looking smooth with a glowing finish.
To use, apply the face mask to clean skin and leave it on for five minutes. Then, gently massage the face mask onto skin using light, circular motions to help exfoliate. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water—and use twice a week for best results. Pair this face mask with the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer, a daytime moisturizer for mature, dull-looking skin.
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #3: OVERNIGHT FACE MASK
In case you haven’t noticed yet, we have a thing for face masks. And it turns out you can use a face mask while you get that much-needed beauty sleep. Not sure what we mean? If you—or your favorite co-worker—travels a ton, consider picking up an overnight face mask, which you can use while snoozing on a long flight or in a hotel room. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Overnight Face Mask is a luxurious, hydrating leave-on creamy face mask that forms a virtual protective mask to cradle skin. Immediately, skin feels hydrated and looks more radiant.
Every evening, apply this face mask on clean skin before bed. You can use it alone or as the last step in your skin care routine after eye cream and serum. Smooth it over your face, neck, and jawline until absorbed, and leave on overnight to see results.
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #4: MICELLAR WATER
Is your best friend a total gym rat? Make her life easier by gifting her a no-rinse facial cleanser that she can use in the locker room without having to jostle for space at the sink. We’re talking about micellar water! Micellar water is a liquid facial cleanser that is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin (no rinsing required). All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face. Pick from the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Oily Skin to purify and mattify, L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Dry Skin to hydrate and soothe, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types to intensely purify.
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #5: MOISTURIZER WITH SPF
When it comes to putting together a daily skin care routine, sun protection should be top of mind all year round. If you’re headed on a winter getaway, spoil yourself with a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen that you can pack in your suitcase and use while on vacation. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30 is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 as well as glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol.
Apply daily as directed and remember to reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. You should also take other sun protection measures, including limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 AM and 2 PM), seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. (Go ahead and treat yourself to some cute new clothes and accessories during this time of year, too!)
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #6: PEEL PADS
In addition to charcoal masks, peel pads are another amazing skin care product that can help increase the appearance of your skin’s radiance. And since the holidays fall smack dab in the middle of winter—when skin can feel dry and look dull thanks to the lack of moisture in the air—we bet a skin care pick-me-up will be much appreciated by anyone on your shopping list.
The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads, which are formulated with glycolic acid, physically resurface dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Immediately, skin looks brighter. Use a peel pad nightly on clean skin. Gently apply in a circular motion to your face. Keep in mind that alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, so make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen as directed and take additional sun protection measures in the morning.
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #7: GLOW-ENHANCING LOTION
Add a little illumination to your complexion with the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, a hybrid skin care-makeup product that’s an ideal stocking stuffer. This lotion instantly hydrates and illuminates for an all-over, fresh look. Just dot, blend, and glow!
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #8: ALL-OVER MOISTURIZING BALM
During the cold winter months, your complexion can become extra dry—and so can other parts of your body! Literally, anyone on your list will benefit from an all-over moisturizing balm this holiday season. We love the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm – Face/Neck/Chest/Hands, which, per its name, can be applied just about anywhere your skin feels dry. It’s formulated with nourishing manuka honey, specially sourced from the nectar of the manuka tree in New Zealand, and it absorbs into skin quickly, leaving behind a healthy, youthful-looking glow.
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #9: EYE GEL
Everyone—and we mean everyone—needs a quality eye cream or gel! The eyes are the window to the soul, and they are also surrounded by very thin skin that needs near-constant moisturizing and protection. The L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel is formulated with the amazing aforementioned manuka honey, and it comes with fit with an easy-to-use rollerball wand, which glides gently over the delicate eye area. To use, apply every morning and night onto clean skin. Using the rollerball applicator, massage the formula gently onto your under-eye area in circular motions, then pat any extra product with your fingertips to help it absorb.
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #10: HYALURONIC ACID SERUM
One of the absolute best ways to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months—or any time of year—is with a facial serum that contains hyaluronic acid. This super-nourishing ingredient can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water! So, if your skin or that of a loved one could use an extra dose of moisture, gift them the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum this holiday. It absorbs into skin quickly and leaves it looking visibly plumped and radiant. For best results, use it consistently in your skin care routine; we recommend applying two to three drops onto clean skin (on your face and neck) every morning and night, then layering your facial moisture on top. Trust us; your skin will thank you for it!
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEA #11: SUGAR FACE (+ LIP) SCRUB
Regular, gentle exfoliation is essential to healthy skin—even during the winter months—but the key word here is gentle. Gift your friends and loved ones (and yourself) a yummy-scented, gentle face scrub that they’re sure to enjoy for months to come. We love the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, which contains luxurious crushed cocoa and nourishing coconut oil and cocoa butter that leaves skin feeling soft and supple. Smooth a small amount onto clean skin up to three times a week. Bonus: you can also use it on your lips for an ultra-smooth pout!
Want more holiday skin care tips? Check out The Skin Care Routine to Get You Through the Holiday Season.