Everybody needs skincare in their lives, which is why skincare products and tools are the perfect gift idea. Whether you are shopping for a birthday gift for a beauty aficionado or a Christmas gift for a skincare newbie, there’s a product out there for them. We’ve rounded up the ultimate list of the best skincare gift ideas for any occasion — from glycolic acid peels to gua sha stones:
Facial cleansers are the foundation of any skincare routine, which is why they’re a great choice for a present. Many people struggle with dry, dehydrated skin during the winter, making a calming milk or cream cleanser an excellent option. However, some people with very oily skin still prefer a gel or foaming cleanser for shine control, even in the colder months. Since you’re planning to give this as a gift, seek out a facial cleanser with elevated formulations and beneficial ingredients, such as those offered by Lancer Skincare.
Face Peels and Exfoliators
Face exfoliators and their stronger cousin, facial peels, aren’t usually a daily step for most people, but they are an important part of a weekly skincare routine. Even though lots of people cut back on exfoliating during the winter, lest it dries out their skin too much, regularly exfoliating with a quality product is still necessary for dissolving dry flakes and smoothing out skin texture. Peels and exfoliators should always be followed up with a moisturizer, which gives you an easy pairing to complement this gift.
Moisturizers and Lotions
Even if your recipient has very oily skin, having an anti-aging moisturizer or lotion in their skincare routine is an absolute must during the wintertime. Thankfully, you can choose from formulations across a spectrum — from very lightweight gel cream that melts into the skin to heavy night creams that are designed to repair the skin barrier. Look for ceramides, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and other beneficial ingredients to hydrate and moisturize the skin.
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Facial oils like our Omega Hydrating Oil, are by no means a required step in any skincare routine, but they can be a luxurious addition to the wintertime months, especially for people with dry skin. Facial oils help to form an occlusive barrier on your skin, preventing water loss and locking in your other facial products to make them even more effective. Many people also find the texture of facial oils much more pleasant to use than other alternatives such as petroleum jelly — plus, the oils instantly give the skin a glow. Your recipients can either mix the facial oil into their moisturizer or apply it alone as the last layer of their skincare routine.
Wearing sunscreen every day (yes, even during the winter!) is the single best thing that you can do to fend off visible signs of aging — and who doesn’t want to give the gift of anti-aging? If your gift recipients haven’t yet joined the daily sunscreen train, consider presenting them with a highly wearable, non-greasy sunscreen such as those offered by Lancer Skincare. If they have darker skin, choose either a chemical sunscreen or a mineral sunscreen with a tint to avoid accidentally giving them a white cast, which will definitely not encourage them to keep wearing sunscreen.
Eye Care Products
While you can use most facial products on your eyes, it’s nice to have dedicated eye care products to make sure that the delicate skin around your eyes is getting the care that it needs. We especially enjoy using a luxurious eye cream in winter to ensure that our eyes stay hydrated and to protect against fine lines. If your recipients tend to wear a lot of makeup, also consider gifting them a dedicated eye makeup remover to make it much easier to wash their faces after a long day at work.
Lip Balms and Masks
The skin on your lips is pretty sensitive, and it’s also exposed to lots of irritants in the form of food, drinks, and cold weather. That’s one of the reasons your lips tend to be one of the first parts of your body to dry out and get chapped during cold and dry weather — and why lip balms and masks are one of the best skincare gift ideas. Lip balms are more for everyday use, while lip masks are designed for sleeping and feature a thicker texture and more nourishing ingredients to protect against water loss for a longer period of time.
Not sure what kinds of products your friend is missing from their skincare shelf? Skincare kits featuring mini-size products are a great solution that allows them to sample many different products without committing them to full-size bottles. Mini 3-step skincare kits are also incredibly convenient for travel since most of them are designed to pass TSA carry-on standards and take up very little room in a suitcase as a result.
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Your hands are prone to drying out and cracking when it’s cold, and you may also experience dry hands if you wash your hands frequently. No matter the time of year, it’s imperative to apply hand lotion every time you wash your hands and especially before you go to sleep at night. That’s also why hand cream is one of our go-to skincare gifts. Even if they already own some, they could always use another tube to keep in their purse, car console, or nightstand. Also, consider giving them a pair of gloves (if they don’t already own one) to protect their skin from the elements when they have to go out in inclement weather.
Reusable Eye Masks
Eye masks are the perfect addition to an extra-long Sunday evening skincare routine, and they can also reduce puffiness and eye bags first thing in the morning as well. We’re especially big fans of reusable eye masks, which can be used many times instead of having to be thrown out after one use. These eye masks are usually made of cooling gel and can be popped into the fridge or even the freezer for instant de-puffing benefits that will make your recipient look more awake in minutes.
Face rollers and globes are a skincare trend that’s here to stay, which is why they frequently top lists of the top skincare gift ideas. These skincare devices come in many designs—from jade face rollers to skin globes that can be chilled in the fridge before use. For a slight twist, consider a gua sha, which comes in various curved shapes that are especially suited to the face. Not only are these tools cooling and soothing, but many people claim that they help skincare products absorb better and also promote lymphatic drainage.
LED Face Wand or Mask
Many dermatologist offices now offer LED (light emitting diode) treatments to help treat acne, fine wrinkles, and more. While at-home LED tools don’t offer the same potency, they can result in benefits with consistent use over time. LED skincare tools come in wand and mask models, depending on your recipient’s needs. Wands are more portable and more affordable, but they take longer to treat the whole face, making them better for targeted treatments. LED face masks are more expensive and take up more space, but they require less time to treat your entire face and neck.
Microdermabrasion involves sanding off the top, uneven layer of skin to reveal smoother, newer-looking skin underneath. While in-office treatments are the most effective, you can also see results with at-home microdermabrasion tools like the one offered by Lancer Skincare. These tools allow you to do light microdermabrasion in the comfort of your own home whenever it is convenient for you, making it easy to stick to a consistent schedule that will help you see results eventually. The at-home treatment requires little to no downtime (unlike office treatment), and many people see visible results immediately.
A skincare fridge is truly a gift for the person who owns everything. While a skincare fridge is by no means necessary for an effective skincare routine, it does keep your products and tools at a pleasantly cool temperature. A dedicated skincare mini fridge is way more hygienic than putting your skincare in your regular fridge with all the food. Look for a small, energy-efficient model that won’t take up too much counter space. For bonus points, choose a design and color that will complement their existing bathroom decor for a harmonious addition.
If your friend struggles with pillow scars in the morning that won’t go away for hours, consider gifting them some real silk pillowcases. The smooth finish of silk is easy on the skin and won’t cause creases, so your recipients will wake up looking fresh even if they’re side sleepers. As an added bonus, silk pillowcases are also great for preserving hairstyles because they don’t catch and snag the hair the way that more textured fabrics do, making this a two-in-one gift perfect for friends who are obsessed with all things beauty.
Facial Steamer or Humidifier
A steam facial is an easy way to open up your pores and help yourself relax. While the old “pour boiling water in a shallow bowl” trick always works, you can elevate your friend’s steam facial routine by giving them an at-home facial steamer that makes the whole process as easy as pushing a button. Consider a humidifier that puts moisture back into the air for a slightly more versatile gift. This is a must for dry climates and can be a real savior for seriously cracked skin that isn’t responding to topical products alone.
Looking for high-quality skincare products to give to your friends, family, and other loved ones? At Lancer Skincare, we offer premium products featuring tried-and-tried ingredients and effective formulations developed by celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer. All of our orders come with free, fast shipping within the United States so that you can rest assured you will get your gifts on time!