Dec 6, 2017 Healthy Living

33 Beauty Products Our Editors Secretly Want for Themselves This Holiday Season

by Kelsey Clark

We won't sugarcoat it: Buying gifts for every person on your list can be as painstaking as filing paperwork or waiting in line at the DMV. But we'd argue that skincare products are a one-size-fits-all solution to any gift-giving problem. Whether you're buying for your boss, your sister-in-law, your best friend, your mom, or your brother, there's nothing an invigorating facial mist carefully encased in chic, Instagram-friendly packaging can't solve.

Considering that, at any given moment, we have a laundry list of skincare products flooding the Notes app on our phones, we decided to share the wealth. Click through to read up on the 33 skincare products our editors are in love with—whether they've admired them from afar on Instagram or apply them before bed every night.

Cosmedix Bio-Shape Firming Face Mask ($58)

"I'm a hyper-dedicated Cosmedix fan. I've been using this targeted (and active) skincare brand for years, and my skin has never been better. They recently launched a new mask that claims to lift and firm your skin with visible results in as little as two weeks. I do an at-home face mask two to three times a week (from hydrating to brightening), and I can't wait to introduce this one to my weekly regimen."

ZIIP Nano Current Device ($495)

"I have been doing my research on at-home nanocurrent devices for some time, but I think I've finally stumbled upon the one I want to invest in. According to Violet Grey, Melanie Simon spent 10 years creating the ZIIP with electrical engineers, scientists, medical doctors, and researchers to give you the results of her famous facials (which have a one-year waiting list!) at home. It might be almost $500, but it's not just an anti-aging device. The ZIIP also claims to kill the bacteria that cause acne, promote lymphatic drainage (buh-bye, puffy eye bags), and increase circulation. I'm in!"

La Mer The Renewal Oil ($130)

"Who wouldn't want to add a little La Mer to their vanity? It's by far one of the most coveted beauty brands in the world, and despite my skincare obsession, I have yet to try any of the products from the world-famous line. It's time to change that. My friend, celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney swears by the renewal oil for the ultimate in hydration (the travel size is great for long plane rides too) and as a highlighter on top of your makeup."

The Equal Beauty Travel Set ($280)

"Few people have greater skin than Australian model Jessica Gomes. It's flawless. So, of course, when she launched her own skincare brand, Equal Beauty, I developed an immediate fascination. I love the look of her moisture veil face masks that come with handy ear attachments to keep the mask on your face (instead of slipping down which tends to be the case), but since I'm off back home to Australia for Christmas, the travel set is on my wish list so I can get through customs and keep my skin fresh and hydrated on the long-haul flight down under."

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate ($89)

"I'm a sucker for serums and apply one every night before bed, especially in fall and winter. This formula makes my skin feel silky like a facial oil with the light consistency of a serum—it's a win-win."

Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream ($49)

"I can't get enough of Aesop products—I love that they smell natural and don't compete with my fragrance, and they really do work. I've just added the Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream back into my skin regimen to fight dry winter skin, and it's working wonders. Bonus: The brand just released it in a cool giftable pack."

Bastide Happy Hands Set ($80)

"This hand wash duo smells just like my favorite luxe candle, Diptyque Figuier, and makes my rental bathroom look a little bit more special."

The Nue Co Reboot Travel Kit ($160)

"I'm traveling to Finland and Lapland next week, then Australia over the holidays, so I'm on the lookout for products that'll keep my skin looking fresh and hydrated for the flight. I'm dying to try The Nue Co's Reboot Travel Kit, a collection of probiotics, 'sleep drops,' magnesium spray, and more, all designed to frequent flyers. Cool, right?"

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($14)

"I first tried this cleanser after receiving a small free sample in the mail and found myself salvaging every last drop of it for weeks to come. The simple, clean scent is what initially drew me in, but overall, I love how soft and refreshed it makes my skin feel; you actually get the sense that it's improving the quality of your skin, rather than just taking off the day's makeup."

Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish ($36)

"I've admittedly never tried Herbivore Botanical products, but the branding alone piqued my interest in the nontoxic, Seattle-based brand. Come wintertime, I'm always on the hunt for a gentle but effective body exfoliator, and the Coco Rose Body Polish, made with virgin coconut oil and Moroccan rose, definitely fits the bill. The Moroccan rose contains antioxidant tocopherols, phenolics, and beta-carotenes, which help fight aging and cellular damage in the skin."

Verso Skincare Super Facial Serum ($120)

"I started using this facial serum in tandem with Verso Super Eye Serum a few months ago, and I've been super impressed with the subtle changes in my skin. Having written about the powerful anti-aging properties of retinol creams before, I've been on the hunt for the most effective product. With daily use, this duo has visibly reduced the fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes. I'll use this for years to come."

Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment ($24)

"I still struggle with hormonal breakouts and find it extremely difficult to leave my skin alone and not pick at the blemishes (a rookie mistake, I know). I use this exfoliating treatment from Glamglow to help clean up the skin around healing blemishes and give my skin a nice, refreshing glow-up. I genuinely look forward to using this the recommended two to three times a week."

Edible Beauty On the Fly Core 4 Travel Set ($78)

"I've been traveling a lot lately, and this four-step travel kit from natural Australian brand Edible Beauty has come in handy. While layering on four products before flying may seem excessive, my skin feels hydrated, refreshed, and ready to take on the day when I finally deplane. I personally keep the facial mist in my purse so that I can easily access it during a long flight."

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate ($60)

"I absolutely swear by this serum to use under my moisturizer twice a day. It visibly improves the appearance of my skin, and I notice a difference when I run out."

Starskin Red Carpet Ready Sheet Mask ($9)

"Sheet masks are my favorite way to give my skin a boost—and Starskin's masks are my favorite. This makes a great small gift for anyone!"

L'Occitane Shower Oil ($25)

"I buy this when I want to treat myself a little. Sure, $25 is a lot for a tiny bottle of bodywash, but this doubles as a great moisturizer and makes my skin feel insanely soft. Plus, it smells divine."

Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil ($72)

"This facial oil has been hydrating without making my super-sensitive and acne-prone skin break out. I put it on at night and wake up in the morning with hydrated, dewy skin."

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate ($14)

"I can't live without this moisturizer. My skin is so dry and super sensitive, and this creamy moisturizer soothes and hydrates without irritating my skin. It can a bit heavy for the warmer months, but it's perfect when it starts to get cold and windy here in NYC."

Eve Lom Cleansing Balm ($80)

"I fully believe in the power of facial massages to drain lymph nodes and increase circulation in the skin. When I'm feeling puffy or my skin feels dull, I reach for this cleansing balm and give myself a 20-minute facial massage. It removes makeup and dirt, soothes irritated skin, and smells so, so good—it's the best way to start an evening of self-care."

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($135)

"I've never actually tried these myself, because they're on the pricier side, but I've read so many great reviews about them. My constantly dehydrated skin would definitely benefit from the vitamin-packed serum, and I love my SK-II face wash, so I trust that these are worth every penny. If I don't get them as a gift, I may have to just treat myself to them."

Herbivore Botanicals Rose Quarts Roller ($45)

"I keep hearing everyone talking about jade rollers and how good they are for lymphatic drainage, blood circulation, and more. Rose quartz is known for its anxiety-reducing effects, and who doesn't need a little stress relief around the holidays (or anytime, really)? Herbivore Botanicals' new Rose Quartz Roller is at the top of my wish list this year."

Zelens Z Firm Lifting Face & Neck Cream ($215

"This is my favorite face moisturizer in the winter when my skin is thirsty for something richer. When I switched from drugstore products to this, I noticed a dramatic difference (which explains the price tag). Aside from long-term improvements, it's like velvet to the touch."

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream ($60)

"For something a little less expensive, I also love Lala Retro Whipped Cream by Drunk Elephant in the wintertime."

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukarai Baby Facial ($80)

"The T.L.C. Sukarai Baby Facial by Drunk Elephant is currently my favorite face mask. My skin feels instantly smoother and softer right after I use it, but I have sensitive skin, so I only use it about once a week."

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak ($18)

"For body skincare, I love this Coconut Bath Soak from Herbivore Botanicals. It softens up my skin and also brings some luxury to my nightly routine."

Odacite Aloe + Immortelle Hydra-Repair Treatment Mist ($39)

"Before I started using this potent product, I thought that face mists were just placebo water. But now I swear by a few spritzes of this soothing aloe treatment nightly for glowing skin."

Mūn Aknari Youth Brightening Serum ($95)

"When I made the switch to natural skincare, I thought I'd have to sacrifice using powerful products, but this serum is honestly one of the best I've ever used. And it smells heavenly."

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver ($100)

"This top-shelf product is a little pricey, so I use it as a spot treatment rather than a full-on mask, but it's worth every penny. It's the only product I've ever used that gave me results instantly."

Agent Nateur No. 3 Deodorant ($21)

"Deodorant may seem like an odd choice for a gift, but trust me—this all-natural product has garnered a cult following for a reason. Whoever you give this to will no doubt be a convert after just one use."

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil ($40)

"I love lathering on a few drops of this at night to refresh my skin naturally. You can also blend it into your moisturizer for easy application."

L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Cleanser ($5)

"I just started using this pure clay cleanser, and I love the way the clay turns into a light mousse as it exfoliates my skin. It's not too harsh, and it doesn't dry out my sensitive skin (plus you can get it at the drugstore!)."

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($35)

"I'm really low-maintenance when it comes to my skin, so I love that I can put this on at night and moisturize in my sleep. All I have to do is remember to put it on before bed."

Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack ($22)

"This mask is perfect for a night in when I have the time to treat my skin to something special. It's a seriously deep-cleansing mask that detoxifies the skin and leaves you with a refreshed, clean feeling."

Next up: the best foods for clearer skin, according to a doctor.