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    Dec 13, 2018

    26 Gifts For Anyone Who Wants Better Skin

    Because one can never own too many magical skin care products. It's just a fact.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Clove + Hallow's Hydratint is a gorgeous blush-serum hybrid infused with hyaluronic acid and meadowfoam oil for a subtle flush that'll treat their skin lovingly. Hello, blush that elevates your natural skin!

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    It's 100% vegan and cruelty-free. We love.

    I actually use this stuff daily. It’s like this magical formula that seamlessly blends in with my skin, leaving me with a flushed look that’s the perfect amount of noticeable — not too bold, not too bright. It keeps my skin hydrated, which I am forever thankful for as my cheeks tend to get dry during colder months. But it also looks amazing when used with a setting powder on humid days. Plus, it's in the cutest bottle and ya really can’t top an adorable product that gives stellar results.

    Get it from Clove + Hallow for $20 (available in four shades).

    Read my review on this here (it's #9!).

    2. Skin Gym's rose quartz jade roller and sculpt tool kit helps tighten skin and reduce puffiness, because they shouldn't have to hit up an expensive spa to see some results.

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    Jade rolling can help with eye puffiness, as well as tightening and brightening of your skin. BuzzFeed's Rachel Miller investigated these claims herself to see how they held up, and spoiler — it worked:

    "My immediate reaction was, 'Wait, is this what my face is supposed to look like?!' My eyes were suddenly so prominent in my face — in a good way!! — and everything looked visibly brighter and tighter — again, in a very good way. I suddenly just looked so awake, so healthy, so...Disney princess-like? (A half-black divorced American princess whose name happens to be Rachel, let’s say.) At 6:10 am with no makeup on? When just a couple of minutes ago I did not look that way at all? I was legitimately shocked." —Rachel Miller

    Read her full review on jade rollers here.

    Get the set from Nordstrom for $49, or something similar from Amazon for $23.47.

    3. Glossier's Priming Moisturizer Rich calms down and preps skin for morning and overnight hydration magic — it's super thick and perfect for winter dryness, but also sinks in super quickly!

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    Promising review: "Leaves skin feeling like silk ribbons! I decided to splurge a little extra on this moisturizer and I'm so glad I did. I use this as a night cream when I'm feeling a little extra bougie (lol) and it's quickly become a favorite of mine. It really sinks in well into your skin and makes your skin feel supple and soft. In comparison to the Priming Moisturizer, this has a much thicker consistency with a light lavender scent that's not too strong — just right. Also the packaging is to die for — the acrylic pot? Yes." —Vanessa

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review on this awesome Glossier product (#9).

    Get it from Glossier for $35.

    4. Dermal's sheet masks are packed with a variety of ingredients, like collagen and vitamin E, that skin can't get enough of. And this set comes with 16 (!!) masks, so they'll be set for some much needed R and R.

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    Promising review: "I bought these to send to my daughter as part of a care package. I tried one and they are amazing. They make your skin texture noticeably smoother and hydrated. This is not a fake review, I am just a random 45-year-old mom." —Nina B

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. Supergoop!'s broad spectrum 40 SPF sunscreen is a weightless formula that protects skin (specifically from UVA, UVB, infrared, and blue light) *while* keeping makeup on. TL:DR; Give the gift of sun protection.

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    Promising review: "This is it. This is the perfect sunscreen. Supergoop has done it. I'm calling it now that Unseen Sunscreen has just broken the final barrier of sunblock for all of us. A sunblock with strong SPF, that does NOT 1) make you pale/chalky, 2) make you super greasy/shiny, and 3) sit stickily on your skin and visibly in photos. Not only does it not do the above, which I NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE, it also comes with antioxidants and good stuff for the skin. It applies feeling EXACTLY like a primer, almost immediately feels invisible from the skin, gives a vague velvety blurring effect, and accepts makeup well. Thank you, Supergoop. I'm in my late 20s, and it has never been more important to remember daily sunblock. With this, I know I will." —MsFourEyes

    Get it from Sephora or Nordstrom for $32.

    6. Mario Badescu Rosewater and Green Tea Facial Spray Duo wakes up and refreshes skin with a healthy dose of calming ingredients that smell just as good as they feel.

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    Promising review: "I’m so surprised at the effect this has had on my skin. The two are similar but I’ve been using the green spray after the shower or whenever I need to feel cooled down (it’s in my bag at work for a refresher, etc.) and I’ve been using the rose spray to set my makeup and in place of toner if I forego my typical toner. I have absolutely noticed softer skin in just a few days, which I am so surprised about!" —Jennifer Jacob-Freese

    Get the set from Amazon for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    Read a BuzzFeeder's review on the rosewater spray (#1)!

    7. Girl Undiscovered's all-natural cleansing water takes off makeup like a dream and — are you ready for this? — has actual crystals in the bottle!

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    I could rave about this magical product all day and then some. First, the micellar water comes with two crystals in the actual bottle: rose quartz and citrine, which are believed to bring positive energy. Whether you're all about crystals or not, you have to admit — this cleanser is the prettiest thing out there! I use this after I've quickly gone over my face with a Neutrogena makeup wipe and I can't believe how much dirt and grime I still have left on my skin that this cleanser manages to pull out of the depths of my pores. It's amazing at getting the job done, all-natural, and definitely the most beautiful thing on my vanity. And who wouldn't want to get makeup remover with CRYSTALS in it?!

    Get it from Neiman Marcus for $42.

    8. Dr. Jart+'s Ceramidin Cream is heaven for sensitive combination skin. It'll keep their face hydrated, shine-free, and with a glorious matte finish from sunrise to sunset.

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    And I stand by that claim considering my coworker raves about this moisturizer!

    "I can tell you that I have seen a significant difference in my skin since I started using this cream two months ago. When I bought it, I was in the midst of a cold, and I had the very fetching nostril dryness that accompanies excessive nose-blowing. After two days of twice-daily application, all trace of dryness had vanished. This stuff also claims to 'alleviate signs of sensitivity,' which, as a skin sensie, I can corroborate. I haven't seen a trace of the garden of little red patches that used to bloom all over my face when I lotioned up." —Jessie Gaynor

    Read Jessie's full review.

    Get it from Sephora for $48.

    9. Foreo's facial cleansing brush thoroughly removes makeup and dirt while gently exfoliating the skin to make it super soft. Pat yourself on the back because this will be their favorite part of their skin care routine, guaranteed.

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    Promising review: "I'm in my late thirties and am still struggling with cystic (hormonal) acne. I needed three to four products to hide the suckers, but after a couple days of using the mini, my skin looked better. A few months later and my skin looks and feels more amazing. It's soft and smooth. I still get breakouts, but they're smaller and heal within a day or two. I've got a whole cabinet full of skin products and makeup that I just don't need anymore. Yes, I agree that it's pricey, but think of how much you'll save on other skin care products that you won't need anymore!" —M Gannon

    Get it from Amazon for $118.15.

    10. First Aid Beauty's Skin Summit skin care set comes with five crowd-favorites so their complexion can be at ~peak~ radiance.

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    The kit includes a face cleanser, repair cream, oatmeal mask, hydrating serum, and 60 facial radiance pads.

    Promising review: "Excellent set. This is my first time trying First Aid Beauty! Really good value. I haven't been this pleased with a purchase in a while. The cleanser isn't drying like some cleansers are so I really like that. In addition, the radiance pads seem to be minimizing the appearance of my blackheads! I also got a sample of the Coconut Water Cream (not included), and I'm loving this skin routine." —simlizzy

    Get it from Sephora for $48.

    11. Aztec Secret's Indian Clay mask is made with calcium bentonite clay for deep-cleaning skin and removing excess sebum — ya know, all of that oily gross stuff that clogs up pores.

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    For best results, the directions say to mix the clay with equal parts apple cider vinegar. Leave the mask on for 5-20 minutes (depending on the sensitivity of their skin), and then remove with warm water.

    Promising review: "After a bad hormonal breakout I decided to go ahead and try it. I used apple cider vinegar because I read that's how you get the best results, and my results have been fantastic!! I have been using this as a spot treatment on my cystic acne and overnight they come to a head! Instead of having big red, swollen pimples on my face for months I can get rid of them within days. Very satisfied and will have to agree that this has been magic for me!!!!" —kali hall

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    12. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are compact purse staples that are always ready to answer the calls of any unwanted shiny situations. Stocking stuffer idea, anyone?

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    Promising review: "These are by far the best shine soaker-uppers for us gals with oily skin: it's amazing how a thin film takes away the shine. I use them two times a day and they do not ruin your makeup. And it's better than patting on powder all the time to stop the shine." —KimberM

    Get a 50-pack from Amazon for $4.47.

    13. AND! Mighty Patch's pimple patch will draw out sebum and reduce irritation like some type of skin sorcery. I mean, just take a peep for yourself (sorry):

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    Promising review: "I’m sorry if the picture is too graphic but I wanted to show how well this product works. It pulled out my whitehead in one piece and didn’t leave me with red/irritated area. It doesn’t blend well on the skin to go out in public with as other brands but this brand was definitely the most effective!" —Jessenia

    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in two sizes).

    14. Philosophy's Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash is gentle enough to use daily (but of course, they should listen to their skin and determine what frequency is best for them!) and a lifesaver when it comes to overly dry skin and uneven texture.

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    HALLELUJAH, the skin care gods have answered my prayers and gifted us all with a face wash that immediately relieves dryness and impurities. I have flaky skin in certain areas on my face that are only worsened when I apply makeup. I use this a few times a week, sometimes daily depending on how dry my skin is, and the flakes are gone in the snap of a finger. This stuff is heaven sent and I will continue throwing my paychecks at it because it's 100% worth it.

    Promising review: "I have rosacea and have to be very careful what I use on my face. I use this every day. I love it. It does a great job without irritating my sensitive skin." —dcgoode

    Get it from Sephora for $8+ (available in three sizes).

    15. Clarisonic x Kiehl's gift set features a faaancy deep-cleaning brush and a few of Kiehl's best-selling goodies. Baby soft and poreless skin is just a gift away!

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    The Clarisonic Mia smart device is great for minimizing pores and puffiness, and even pairs up with an app (because of course!) so they can keep track of their skin's improvements. I know, the 21st century is wild.

    The set also comes with three mini Kiehl's favorites: Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Moisturizer, and Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.

    Promising review: I've been using Clarisonic for many years now and I finally decided to upgrade my old one. This set is great because it includes Kiehl's products for free. I'm a big fan of the Kiehl's moisturizer. This is my first time using the Mia Smart. I was a little skeptical about the usefulness of the app because it seems gimmicky, but I actually love it. It allows you to change the routine of the device depending on your skin care needs. Clarisonics are pricy, but as someone that has struggled with problematic skin for my entire teenage and adult life, I'd say they're worth the investment. If you're interested in trying Clarisonic for the first time, I highly recommend these holiday sets that give bonus products." —KayLeo

    Get the gift set from Sephora for $199, or just the Clarisonic Mia Smart device for $199 (available in three colors).

    16. Soko Glam's Best of K-beauty set is filled with mini savers that'll help em' repair their skin on the go, no matter what problems come their way — breakouts, dryness, cracked lips, dull skin, the list goes on.

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    The set comes with all 10 of Soko Glam's 2018 Best of K-Beauty Award winners!

    Promising review: "I ordered this because it had so many products that I had wanted to try and it was the best decision. I can try the products out first and then decide if I wanted the full size ones. I have now bought a couple of the full-size products." —Sandy G.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $32.

    17. Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads will resurface clearer skin with just the flick of a wrist, thanks to their 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer. Acne is VERY afraid of glycolic acid, it's simply no match.

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    Just so ya know, the witch hazel is there to soothe and tone skin, and to balance out the other exfoliating properties.

    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" —Mitzy McMillion

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89.

    18. Harper + Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes are like mini desserts...but for showers! Crumble one up with some water so it becomes a little sudsy and then scrub all over — smooth skin, here we come!

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    Get it from Free People for $22 (available in six scents/colors).

    19. Disco Kitten's illuminating peel-off mask helps clear up complexion leaving behind radiant skin so they can shine bright like the diamond they are.

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    PLUS IT'S SHINY, SHIMMERY, AND SILVER! What more do you need?!

    Promising review: "I really, really like this mask. When you apply the mask to your face it looks like shimmering pearls. What I really like about the product is that it is a peel-off mask. Depending on how thickly you put the product on your face it only takes 20-30 minutes to dry. That sounds like a long time but it is worth the wait. When you peel this off your face and then do a final rinse your face feels and looks wonderful. I then follow with a moisturizer (that's just me). I use this product once a week. I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants younger- and better-looking skin." —Grandma Fran

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    20. Glow Recipe's Watermelon Jelly set offers them and their skin the best of this wildly popular brand, plus a cute tote to go with it. Someone is definitely receiving the best gift-giver award!

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    The set comes with Glow Recipe's best-selling products in travel sizes: Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer, Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask.

    Promising review: "Been eyeing this gift set since it came out and received it as a birthday gift. I was definitely not disappointed! First of all, how could you even resist with this packaging?! The sleeping mask is amazing and made my skin noticeably smooth, and so glowy after just one use! The moisturizer is so amazing and I love the liquid consistency of it, not to mention how amazing it all smells. I have yet to try the sheet mask but if it's a more concentrated version of the sleeping mask then I'm sure my skin will be glowing for days. Definitely well worth the money and this will definitely be my go-to gift this Christmas!" —Kimidanielle

    Get it from Sephora for $35.

    Read our beauty writer's review on the jelly mask here (it's #1!).

    21. A powerful steamer because a DIY facial is just what they need to bring out those darn whiteheads in the fastest way possible.

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    It lasts for 12 minutes at a time and even features a UV light to sterilize the steam! It also comes with a blackhead extraction kit, but (cue mom voice) be careful with them! Or watch some tutorials first.

    Promising review: "This is almost a life changer. I always steam my face in the shower so I can pop my pimples (I know, it sounds so gross but seriously). However, this steamer is AMAZING. I highly recommend it if you are suffering from acne and want to give yourself your own DIY facial. Overall, fabulous purchase." —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two colors).

    22. Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash feels like fluffy clouds and angels, in addition to being one of the most beloved and gentle brands out there — its hypoallergenic, soap-free formula replenishes hydration levels without any harmful side effects.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this because essentially every review I read said it smelled like heaven, and the second I opened the box, I prepared myself for the first whiff. Despite all the hype, I really wasn't expecting it to knock me off of my feet and make me want to cry like I'd just smelled an angel, but that's what happened. This stuff smells like the mixture of a pretty cloud, soft pillows, and just a hint of sugar. I've always loved Dove body wash (and basically every product of theirs ever) because it doesn't smell cheap and lathers like no other. I love the thick formula: it's almost like an in-shower body lotion that I scrub onto myself via loofah. So go ahead, add it to your cart, and prepare to be engulfed by angel wings when you pop the cap open." —Ophelia Amoret

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $21.76.

    23. Fresh's Roundtrip Ritual gift set includes — surprise — five of their cult classics so your gift recipient can get their hands (and face) on some of the best out there.

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    I can personally vouch for Fresh's soy face cleanser. It's heaven. I have yet to find a cleanser that feels like liquid silk and makes my skin glow like this stuff.

    The set comes with their soy cleanser, rose face mask, black tea eye concentrate, moisturizer, and sugar lip treatment.

    Promising review: "This kit worked a miracle on my skin after one use, which I have never experienced before. I am so impressed. I love that they use botanicals in their products because it feels and smells fresh. Feels great, skin looks great, and well worth the cost. I have sensitive skin so I have been trying many products but have finally arrived. Highly recommend and will both refill for me and gift for loved ones!" —Danidahl

    Get it from Sephora for $65.

    24. La Roche-Posay gel acne cleanser is a salicylic acid formula that will STRONGLY encourage breakouts and excess oil to ~clear out~. In fact, they won't really have a choice.

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    It's gentle enough to use twice a day — and specifically works to target and control oil, and then treat blackheads and breakouts so their skin is left clear, clear, and clear.

    Promising review: "I was lucky enough to have clear skin in high school so I never understood how awful acne really is. When I was about 21-22 years old, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful — laying on my pillow hurt my face! To top it all off, my skin was also dry, and irritated. I tried every skin care line on the market for about two to three years, with no, or very little, results. Finally, I found La Roche-Posays skin care products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about four to five years now, and I haven't had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake, one I will not make again." —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion has salicylic acid, calamine, and other quick-drying ingredients for shrinking ugly whiteheads virtually overnight, meaning it'll be a bathroom cabinet staple for years to come.

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    Promising review: "It’s cruelty-free and gets rid of my whiteheads overnight and it doesn’t dry my skin out too much, just enough to get rid of those pesky period zits." —Gaunkle

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    26. And lastly, Julep's Love Your Bare Face Cleansing Oil melts the makeup right off and leaves skin feeling clean, soft, non-greasy, and ready for the rest of their skin care routine.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff: it's amazing for taking off all of your makeup at the end of the day or even just to give yourself a fresh start in the morning. Great for every skin type. My skin is generally a little oily and it has been great for it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28+.

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