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    30 Gifts For Anyone Who Wants Better Skin

    A solution for every skin issue is just a Christmas tree, stocking, or surprise package away!

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


    Promising review: "The first time I opened the jar, I fell in love. Maybe it's the lavender smell? (Most glossier products don't have smells, so this was instant luxury). It's perfect for the wintertime: I even use it on my lips when I'm smothering my face in it (just don't taste it or eat it lol). I use it every morning on my face before I apply makeup and every night as soon as I get out of the shower. Super replenishing." —

    Get it from Glossier for $35.

    2. 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

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review on the rosewater spray here!

    Get the set from Amazon for $14+ (available in 4 and 8 oz sizes) or the rosewater separately from Jet for $12 and the green tea from Walmart for $12.95.

    3. Soko Glam The Essentials Value Set is a Korean beauty starter kit filled with three cult favorite products that'll have your skin saying "thank you" in no time.

    4. Foreo Get Up & Glow Collection gives your face the deep, unclogging cleanse it deserves via eight adjustable intensities and three areas of varying bristle thickness.

    The set includes:

    -Luna Mini 2 Cleansing Brush (five colors)

    -Day Cleanser

    -Night Cleanser

    Promising review (for the Luna Mini 2): "I have very dry skin, and when I exfoliate too vigorously, my skin gets dry patches. I've been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say my skin has never looked better. I use both sides for a total of two minutes with my Burt's Bees Face Cleanser. I've only charged this device once and I'll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it." —Charles and Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $139 or just the brush from Jet for $139.

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

    Get it from Free People for $22 (available in Peach, Lemon, and Coconut). Blue Raspberry and Tangerine are also available at Dermstore.

    6. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water and Wipes are a French-pioneered godsend — flocks of people swear by these babies for a deep clean when you need something fast and easy, but also extremely gentle and effective.

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    Promising review: "I originally bought this while visiting Paris last year on a recommendation from a friend. I love it. It removes makeup and dirt without any scrubbing and doesn't leave an oily feeling behind." —Kristin B.

    Get the micellar water from Amazon for $6.90+ (three sizes) or Jet for $7.48+ and the wipes (25 per pack) from Jet for $9.68 or Amazon for $9.90.

    7. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay clears all the gunk out from your pores with the powerful combo of bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar — and at a price point that seriously can't be beat!

    Promising review: "This will forever be a staple for me. I went through a horrible breakout and decided to use this. In six days my skin was significantly clearer. I mix the clay with organic apple cider vinegar, leave it on for about 35-45 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. This is definitely worth the investment. An all-natural skin clarifier and acne zapper: what can be better? The thing is you have to keep with it and it doesn't work after just one or two uses. Be patient and drink lots of water as well. Hubby also uses it and we both will be supporters for life!" —DJ Freddie W.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ or Walmart for $11.10.

    8. O.R.G Mineral Peel Face is so damn satisfying to use — spray its non-abrasive aloe vera and jojoba oil formula to gently lift and rub away dead skin cells nestled within your pores.

    I personally use this once a week and am obsessed. Skin care is a long-term game, so it's satisfying being able to see and feel instant results once in a while.

    Promising review: "My face has never felt more smooth! You can actually see and feel your dead skin with only a slight rub after the initial spray! I've always been one to use a scrub because my skin is very oily and if I don't exfoliate regularly, I find I have more frequent breakouts. This product changed it all for me! Now I can use a soothing gel cleanser, which is much more gentle on my skin." —fpSaraNJ

    Get it from Free People for $44. Also available in a travel-sized bottle for $5 and a full body version for $34.

    9. Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer lets dry skin sufferers walk right out of the shower with a soft, buttery body — no waiting for the lotion to sink in!

    Promising review: "I have the full-size in my bathroom and a smaller version in my office at work. Arid winter weather is always rough on my dry, sensitive skin, but this seems to lock in the moisture better than anything I've tried before. After a shower, I apply this while my skin is still damp (not soaking) and wait a minute before putting on my bathrobe. I definitely works best on wet skin (as the bottle says), but also works well as a regular lotion. This is THE ONLY lotion I've ever tried that gets rid of the chicken skin on the back of my arms — so that's worth a lot more than $10!" —Liz G.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.56+ (eight or 12 oz bottles) or Walmart for $10.94 (12 ounce bottles).

    10. Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit work together to uncover smoother, healthier, and more radiant skin and give results sooner than one would expect. Like the day after. Um, sign me up.

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    The product description states: "For sensitive skin, alternate use of each product nightly. For skin accustomed to treatments, apply one to two pumps of Good Genes in the morning and four to five drops of Luna at night. For most effective results, and for skin accustomed to these treatments, use products together, layering at night. Use Luna first, allow to absorb into skin, and follow with Good Genes."

    The set includes:

    -Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment

    -Luna Sleeping Night Oil

    Promising review: "I am amazed at how quickly these products worked. I started using only the Luna Oil at night after a shower; I typically don't like oils on my oily skin, however my skin soaked it up. The next day, my skin dramatically changed. My redness was completely gone and my skin surface changed completely and was extremely smooth and buttery. I continued to only use the Luna oil for the next four nights since I have sensitive skin and wanted to test out one at a time. Then I started using the Good Genes in the AM and it just got better. My skin glows. I have been telling everyone about these and they believe me because they can see the drastic change in my skin. I barely wear any foundation and my confidence has changed because of this set. Honestly, you can't put a price tag on healthy-looking skin. I will 100% purchase again" —ginamariepen

    Get it from Sephora for $85.

    11. Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash smells 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.

    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 it from Amazon or Jet for $8.47.

    12. Disney x Kiehl’s Hydration Essentials combines cute, functional, and impactful in the best possible way: each box helps secure 212 meals for Feeding America!

    13. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion might be millennial pink, but it's a product that outlives silly trends — salicylic acid, calamine, and other quick-drying ingredients shrink 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 or Jet for $17.

    14. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb and Moisturizing Bomb use a blend of apothecary herbs to envelop skin with extremely long-lasting hydration that ~bursts~ upon contact.

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    Promising review: "This completely transforms my skin. It really hydrates without leaving any feeling of residue and sits beautifully under makeup, absorbing almost immediately. I will continue to buy this! Holy grail." —Kat00Kat

    Get them from Sephora for $22+ each: Aqua Bomb here and Moisturizing Bomb here.

    15. St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines, but works wonders as a moisturizer for all ages — plus, that giant tub (hello, crazy low price point!) will last you months and months, even with generous daily use.

    Promising review: "I buy this stuff obsessively... it smells yummy and it makes my skin really soft. I am a lifetime customer at this point!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.12 or Jet for $6.53.

    16. Soko Glam The Sheet Mask Haul Value Set contains10 cult-favorite masks guaranteed to address every skin issue one might have — hello, future nightly rituals!

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    Get it from Soko Glam for $29.

    17. Burt's Bees Best of Burt's Holiday Gift Set, Honey Pot Gift Set, and Beeswax Bounty Holiday Gift Sets come prettily packaged in red boxes and a variety of nourishing products that soften skin from head to toe — they're sure to ~bee~ mega hits!

    Promising review: "These are my three favorite products. I keep the hand cream in my purse, the cuticle cream in my mani/pedi care kit, and the foot cream on my night stand. They all smell great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get everything from Amazon: the Best of Burt's Holiday Gift Set for $12.74, Honey Pot Holiday Gift Set for $14.88, and Beeswax Bounty Holiday Gift Set from Jet for $6.87.

    18. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are compact purse staples that are always ready to answer the calls of any unwanted shiny situations — and they play nice with makeup.

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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 or Walmart for $5.47.

    19. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 gives sensitive, acne-prone skin a healthy dose of sun protection without feeling thick, greasy, or overall unpleasant — and almost 3k reviews (with 75% being five stars) don't lie.

    Promising review: "I have fair skin and my family has a long history of skin cancer, so my dermatologist implores me to wear sunscreen daily. I don't want to get skin cancer and don't care about being tan, however, I have always HATED applying sunscreen. I hate how it feels going on and it makes my makeup weird, doesn't absorb, and makes me sweat. But this one doesn't have any of the problems that I just described. It is very lightweight and quick to absorb. My skin is dry and a little sensitive, but I don't have trouble with dryness or irritation. ON the other hand, it is also not oily; it just sort of disappears (within seconds). I know it's expensive, but I would highly recommend it to anyone struggling to find a daily sunscreen that they will actually use." —Katie

    Get one from Amazon for $32.50 (also available in a tinted version for $34.50) or a two-pack from Jet for $56.65.

    20. Herbivore Botanicals Holiday Kit hits the refresh button on your skin with clarifying and detoxifying powerhouse ingredients like green tea, charcoal, and botanical extracts.

    21. Spasilk Pillowcases are more gentle on your skin (and hair!) than traditional pillowcases because less friction/rubbing = less wrinkles/creases.

    Promising review: "I never realized what a difference a pillowcase could make in the way my skin and hair look, but wow! I ordered this silk one, and also a satin one (just to compare) and this silk one is worth the extra money. My hair is smoother in the morning, with virtually no tangles and my face doesn't get those creases like it used to with my old pillowcases." —Kingfisher55

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (three sizes and 19 colors) or a similar one from Jet for $37.99+ (two sizes and 11 colors).

    If you're willing to splurge a bit, the Slipsilk Pillowcase ($79+ at Nordstrom) has earned a cult following.

    22. Ole Henriksen 12 Days of Ole Glow Skincare Advent Calendar delivers, yes, 12 skincare minis across their Truth, Transform, Balance, and Nurture lines to help you count down to better skin (and the holiday as a bonus, I suppose).

    23. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is loved by the masses for its strong yet mild formula — thank the rosewater and comfrey root extract for healing and soothing dry, stressed-out skin.

    Promising review: "This was the very first Glossier product I ever tried, which also coincided with the start of my obsession with the brand. This is the only cleanser that doesn't dry my skin out after I've rinsed it off, while still feeling clean and fresh. It truly does feel like a jelly and feels so smooth on the skin, and it isn't abrasive either. As an esthetician, I really appreciate how high on the ingredient list rosewater is. Not only did it give such a lovely, light scent, but it's also great in helping hydrate my skin." —Shel

    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    24. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub exfoliates, cleanses, and brightens with plant-based active ingredients like organic sea kelp and lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily stem cells for results one can ~sea~ right away.

    Promising review: "I only use natural beauty products and I check all my products on, a website that rates beauty products based on harmful ingredients such as synthetic fragrances and artificial colors. Acure products rate 1 out of 10 (10 being the worst). I have combination skin and cystic acne and this scrub doesn't irritate my skin at all. It leaves my face feeling soft and clean! —Paige

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    25. Drunk Elephant The Littles is a travel-friendly kit of products safe for all skin types and proven to prevent breakouts, reduce dark spots/scars, and smooth out uneven skin tones — no ~DEtours~ here.

    The set includes:

    -C-Firma Day Serum

    -T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

    -Lala Retro Whipped Cream

    -Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

    -And more!

    Promising review: "With all the hype around this stuff I've been dying to try them, and they did not disappoint. My skin has totally transformed. I suffer from large pores and after just one day I noticed they were about half the size they were previously and every day I use this stuff they shrink more. I wanted to see if this stuff would take care of the under-the-skin blackheads on my jaw I've had for MONTHS and in four days they are entirely gone. My skin feels very soft And looks so healthy. I will100% be going full-sized because my skin has never looked so good." —shaybby

    Get it from Sephora for $90.

    26. Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel packs a punch while feeling almost weightless — it's known to be a sworn enemy of puffiness (supports microcirculation) and dark circles (supports lymphatic drainage).

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    Many outlets like Racked, Allure, and Refinery29 have reported its Sephora best-seller status. I'm a personal fan too (I use it every night!) and now most other eye creams feel way too heavy and take too long to absorb.

    Promising review: "If it does wonders for a 73-year-old such as myself, imagine what it can do for you. I tried many, many others and so far this is has been the best!" —kikimora

    Get it from Sephora for $54.

    27. Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment contains 2% salicylic acid that instantly starts dissolving oil and deep cleaning pores without leaving your skin feeling stripped — the result is a pimple left shaking in fear (meaning it becomes smaller, less red, and eventually gone altogether).

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    Promising review: "I only have to apply it a couple of times on a pimple to get rid of it. It worked well with my teenage pimples and now it works like a dream with my pregnancy pimples. It's a great product which doesn't over-dry my skin, although I do have more oily skin to begin with. A tube lasts quite a while and it's definitely worth the price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    28. Glamglow Let it Glow! Supermud Set lets mask fiends sample four powerful yet soothing peel-off treatments (for the price of one full-sized product!) that leave skin feeling baby-soft, firmer, and clearer.

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    The set includes:

    -Supermud Clearing Treatment

    -Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

    -Gravitymud Firming Treatment

    -Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a good mud mask because I have sensitive skin. I've tried each mud mask and they all help my skin stay super soft, moisturized, and clear from breakouts. I'm going to have to buy more of each product." —Jane Klemen

    Get it from Sephora for $69.

    29. Julep 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 your skincare 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+.

    30. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is the secret for Instagram filter skin, well, without the filter — the milky emulsion consisting of red algae, squalane, and Tatcha's signature HADASEI-3 Complex leaves your skin with a weightless, years-younger glow that lasts from sunrise to sunset.

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    Also works well as a primer, makeup setter, hair conditioner, and body mist (the possibilities are endless, people!). And according to many reviewers, people might think misters are way younger than they appear.

    Promising review: "If I could fill a tub with this magical elixir and bathe in it, I would! The scent is intoxicating and I have to keep myself from reaching for this 20 times a day so I don't go bankrupt staying dewy. LOL. It does exactly what you think it would — it creates a soft veil of hydration that leaves you looking more radiant than a Kardashian! I recommend this to everyone. I think I'm on my third bottle this year!" —Pumpkin

    Get it from Tatcha for $20 (travel size) or $48 (full size).

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