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Cult Beauty’s pick of the best skin care gifts

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert3 years ago
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Whether you’re shopping for colleagues, your granny or tough-to-please teens, our pick of the best {skin care gifts} makes it easy to guarantee smiles (or at least a vague smirk) come December 25th…

For your wing-woman

The friend who is right by your side ‘til the end of the night (whether IRL or virtually…), this special sidekick requires a duo to help her recover her get-up-and-glow. Step forward: Sand&Sky’s {Australian Emu Apple Mega Glow Kit} – a polish and Dreamy Glow Drops that are key to appearing fresh-faced (when you’re anything but). Packed with radical-scavenging antioxidants and cell-quenching hyaluronic acid, the drops are a great way to dial up the brightness. Sand&Sky, reporting for dew-ty!

For your gorgeous granny

You can’t go wrong with {IT Cosmetics} – a range that’s created to cater to every age, skin type and common concern – which is why your gran’s sure to be thrilled when she opens {IT’s Celebrate Your Skincare Routine}, a four piece collection of heroes to give her a confidence boost. Starring Confidence in a Cleanser, Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in an Eye Cream and Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep (phewf!), that’s a whoooole lotta confidence (and who wouldn’t want that?).

For your marvellous mum

A trio you mum will love more than The Bangles, the {Day & Night Hydration Set) from fresh will make her happier than listening to ‘Manic Monday’ on repeat (and the family won’t take the mickey). Uniting the beautiful, dew-boosting Rose Deep Hydration Toner, with the Moisturiser and Sleeping Mask, this leaves her face soft and decidedly petal-esque.

For your dapper dad

A trio of chic skin care staples for parents with debonair flair, Aesop’s {Balance: Classic Skin Care Kit} is a streamlined regime pour ton père (or your mère!). Lovingly blended with natural extracts to make more rebellious types to the line, the In Two Minds Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser help to keep T-zones in check (and look good in the bathroom).

For your super-cool cousin

…look no further than Glow Recipe’s {Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops} – a cute, luminosity-boosting elixir that plumps as it lends a fresh, well-rested finish. Packed with calming, time-defying niacinamide to help prolong skin’s ‘spring’, this is ‘glass skin’ in pastel pink bottles and, it’s really good-looking to boot.

For your clean-eating colleague

If Annabel in Accounts knows her way round the salad bar better than most, appeal to her clean-eating ways with a skin care collection that chimes with her plant-centric diet. FARMACY’s {Green House Kit} pairs the bestselling Green Clean – a beautiful, aqua-hued solid-to-oil cleansing formula – with discovery sizes of Daily Greens Moisturiser and Cheer Up Eye Cream. Consider it a salad for your face.

For your Secret Santa

Spread a little glow ho ho with REN’s {Glow to Go Trio} – a line-up of travel-sized treats that will swiftly eliminate dullness and whisk away signs of the worst-year-on-record*. Boasting the fan-favourite Glow Daily AHA Tonic – sufficiently gentle for everyday use – alongside mini Skin Renewal Mask and Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream, this kit will delight any lucky man, woman or disgruntled student.


Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...