The best holiday beauty gift guide
This is really your lucky day....
I’m the skincare go-to with loads of experience whose CV speaks for itself and a huge family for whom I have a ton of MERCH TO PROCURE.
I’m 26 and lucky enough to have both my parents in my life, along with a brother, a sister, and 10 family members with whom I am very close. Been buying them birthday gifts for 14 years now. Let’s call it 196 gifts in total. If you add Mother’s Day and father’s day, grandparents and sisters, call it 546. If you add my husband’s family, in-laws, friends, neighbours, and my own two children, call it 1289 gifts. Throw holidays in there - Rosh Hashanah, Christmas, Ramadan, and Chinese New Year - you are talking 1567 gifts.
Oh and never mind that I fibbed a little with my age; I’m actually 36, which, by my calculation, is a total of 4529 gifts. So I guess this also makes me an expert in gift-giving, so JUST TRUST that I know what I’m talking about.
Here’s my Christmas gift-buying guide... it marries my two passions, skincare and presents, perfectly -!!!
It’s the beauty editors’ best kept secret. This serum combines three powerful antioxidants; pure vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid, which neutralize the environmental factors responsible for cutaneous aging. It’s really an unbeatable skincare force that she will be so grateful for!
175 $- www.skinceuticals.ca
Parmesan feet ring a bell? You know... that thickened skin on the heels of the foot that develops over years of accumulating layers of dead skin... With PoshPeel™ Pedi Cure, dad will rediscover what it feels like to have soft nourished feet. These socks containing fruit acids will help dissolves the dead skin cells and soften feet. He will have gooshy feet as he walks around but if he wears them for one hour, his feet will peel for a week and a true miracle will ensue.
35 $ - www.patchology.com
This eco-conscious brand uses exceptionally pure ingredients procured from an Australian farm where the methods of extraction are done by hand so as to preserve their integrity. Isn’t that what he deserves?! The cedar bud in the lotion nourishes and revitalizes. Pamper him with this treatment and make his handsome mug glow.
65$ - www.jurlique.com
This fruit acid/apple cider vinegar based exfoliant is a veritable skincare star: it gently exfoliates the surface of the skin, allowing her skin to better absorb the active ingredients in her skincare routine. It’s the least you can do for the confidante you vent to all year long! P50T is milder than P50 and is perf for the climate here in Canada.
68$ - 150 ml
For your mother-in-law - Slip Silk Pillowcase
Did you know that friction from cotton damages skin and contributes to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? This mulberry silk pillowcase prevents the creases that bunch in ordinary cotton pillowcases and allows for a smooth sail into dreamland all around.
Roller encompassing micro-needles that you roll all over your face. The micro-incisions permit better nutrient absorption and stimulate collagen and elastane production. You must suffer for your beauty and this gift shouts it from the hilltops.
For the teen - Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne spot treatment
The ultimate protective armor against pimples and acne: the blue light neutralizes acne-causing bacteria while the red light reduces the inflammation surrounding the blemishes. This LED treatment is danger-free and suited to all skin types.
For me - Palo Santo sticks
Beauty flourishes from both body and mind. With the mad holiday rush, take some time to unwind and purify your energy. Shamans and healers among the Inca populations have used Palo Santo for thousands of years. This precious wood comes from Palo Santo trees along the equator and it’s clean, eco-friendly and smells divine!!!