31 skincare gifts they'll use every day — from hydrating sheet masks to cult-favorite serums

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  • The fall and winter months always seem to bring out the worst in our skin, but throw in rough winds and dry air, and you've got the perfect storm for a dull, stressed, and sallow complexion. 
  • That's why a great skincare gift like a moisturizing face mask or a set of travel-friendly oils is so thoughtful — they're the gifts that keep on giving. 
  • Here are 31 skincare gifts they'll love using, including practical e-gift cards. And if you're still stuck on gift ideas, check out all our gift guides over here. 
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Does anyone else feel like their skin is at their worst during the colder months?

Between the dreaded fall and winter winds and serious lack of sleep, skin can look tired, dull, puffy, or littered with annoying breakouts. That's why a skincare gift is a super thoughtful idea. Not only are you reminding them to take care of themselves, but good skin lasts way longer than a box of chocolates (though we won't say no to that either). 

Gifts from Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom should arrive in a timely manner (though we do have a hack if something doesn't get here in time) but don't wait until the last minute and risk paying expedited shipping costs. E-gift cards are especially great because they can be delivered immediately and gives them more flexibility.

Here are 31 skincare gifts they'll love using all year round.

Here are 31 masks, serums, creams, and more that they'll use nearly every day:

E-gift cards they can use on anything they want

Sephora Gift Card, from $25, available at Amazon

Ulta Gift Card, from $25, available at Amazon

E-gift cards are delivered immediately, so you don't have to even bother with shipping or wrapping. It gives them the freedom to buy what they want, but if you're worried that they won't have a gift to unwrap, we've got the perfect hack — just print out a picture of the e-gift card, put it in a box, and wrap that instead. 

Fruit-infused skincare that hydrates and soothes

Glow Recipe Glowing Skin Trio, $42, available at Sephora

This fruit-infused trio can help hydrate and nourish their skin while they're watching "The Mandalorian" (again). They go on pretty translucent, so they can also wear these on dry airplanes for extra moisture. 

Body-care sets in ready-to-gift packaging

L'Occitane Almond Always & Forever Favorites Set, $34, available at Nordstrom

This is a great idea if you're a practical gifter. It includes a L'Occitane hand cream, shower oil, skin oil, and milk concentrate. Gift them all in the pre-arranged set, or separate and gift separately for a small "thinking of you" gift. 

A luxurious set of body-care products

Nécessaire The Body Essentials, $60, available at Nécessaire

This set of body-care products (body wash, body lotion, and body exfoliator) is made with the same attention to detail that Necessaire applies to its skincare, including ingredients like skin-strengthening niacinamide, hydrating shea butter, and more.

A go-bag with all their favorite products

Drunk Elephant Softy The Baby Kit, $88, available at Sephora 

This set includes some of Drunk Elephant's bestselling skincare products, including the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, which we reviewed here. It comes complete with a compact mirror, too. 

Daily essentials against sun damage

Murad Start Bright Here Set, $34, available at Nordstrom

My mom only uses these Murad items every day and her skin is pretty flawless, if you ask me. Over the years, I've bought her dozens of each one individually, but at this price, you bet I'm stocking up. The set includes a travel-sized brightening serum, cleanser, and lightweight SPF moisturizer.

A trio of hydrating lip balms

Laneige Lip Daydreams Set, $19, available at Sephora

These lip balms are lightweight yet super moisturizing. This set includes both the daytime version and the brand's overnight lip mask, which we tested and loved; here's a full review.

A skincare set that soothes redness

Dr. Jart+ Cica Rescue Kit, $42, available at Dr. Jart+

If they're looking to soothe redness, they'll love Dr. Jart+'s Cica Rescue Kit. It includes a serum, cream, and facial mist to help calm skin, as well as the brand's popular color-correcting moisturizer, which I absolutely love and swear by for neutralizing the redness around my cheeks and nose. Here's a full review of the color-correcting moisturizer. 

Travel-friendly facial mists

Mario Badescu Mini Mist Collection, $20, available at Sephora

Help restock their stash of facial mists with this set from Mario Badescu. It comes with four mini sprays that'll fit any purse. 

A gorgeous set of Japanese-inspired skincare products

Tatcha Skincare for Makeup Lovers Set, $59, available at Sephora  

This set includes three popular kincare products — a pressed silk balm, a cleansing oil strong enough for waterproof makeup, and a hydrating mist that imparts a dewy finish.

Read our full review of the best Tatcha products.

Sheet masks clinically tested to provide up to 24 hours of hydration

Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask, $10, available at JC Penney

If they get regular laser facial treatments at Skin Laundry, help them keep their skin in tip-top shape between sessions with an intensely hydrating sheet mask.

This is also the same mask they get after doing an Ultra Fractional facial; according to the brand, they've been tested to hydrate skin up to 24 hours after just one use and help minimize fine lines in as little as two hours.

A microcurrent device to help tone and lift their skin

NuFace Trinity Kit, $499, available at Dermstore

This microcurrent device can help lift and tone skin, especially around the jawline and cheeks. If you follow the brand's instructions and use it on your forehead, cheeks, and jawline, it takes around 10 minutes. 

I personally used this in the months leading up to my wedding and noticed that my jaw was much more defined than usual. 

A clarifying duo

Herbivore Mini True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo, $24, available at Sephora

They'll see for themselves just how effective Herbivore's products are at clarifying, brightening, and nourishing skin. The set comes with two products equipped for clarifying combination and oily skin.

Bestselling Korean skincare products

Soko Glam Staycation Essentials Set, $40, available at Soko Glam

This starter set includes 14 of Soko Glam's most innovative and beloved skincare products. The reusable pouch comes with vitalizing moisturizers, hydrating serums, and more. 

A set of masks to keep them hydrated all over

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Moisture from Head to Toe Set, $48, available at Sephora 

Cold weather winds don't stand a chance with this hydrating set. It comes complete with a face mask, cream, and body lotion for moisture-filled days ahead. 

An exfoliating set that helps get rid of dull skin

Kate Somerville Face the Glow set, $39, available at Kate Somerville

A full 2-ounce bottle of Kate Somerville's cult-favorite exfoliating treatment usually costs $85 so this is an extremely good deal.  

Here's a full review of the exfoliating treatment.

Invisible acne patches for breakouts

CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch, $6, available at Ulta and Dermstore

Everyone gets breakouts. These stick-on acne patches help deal with pimples and spots overnight, so they're gone by morning. Since the patches are clear, they can even dab some concealer on top and use them during the day.

A simple and effective cleanser

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, from $25, available at Ulta

One of the editors at Insider Reviews has been using this Philosophy cleanser for more than two years and swears by the simple, yet efficacious cleanser. It's gentle on skin and won't dry it out, so it'd be great for many skin types.

Here's the full review here.

A K-beauty anti-aging starter pack

AmorePacific Travel Size Everyday Essentials Set, $75, available at Bloomingdale's

If they still haven't hopped on the K-beauty train, this set will convince them. It includes seven of AmorePacific's efficacious anti-aging products, all formulated with powerful botanicals.

Hydrating oil that also helps even out their skin

Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil, $26.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

This multi-purpose oil might not look fancy, but it's effective at hydrating, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and evening out skin tone.

Multi-tasking cream that offers 24-hour hydration

Embryolisse Travel 24-Hour Miracle Cream, $16, available at Urban Outfitters

This cult-fave French cream pulls triple-duty as a primer, moisturizer, and makeup remover. The magic is in the concentrated shea butter and aloe formula that offers 24 hours of hydration and, of course, some of that French je ne sais quoi.

An Instagram-ready pink clay mask

Sand&Sky Australian Pink Clay Perfect Skin Kit, $74.20, available at Sand&Sky

Sand&Sky's pink clay mask may be Instagram-famous, but it's more than just selfie-ready.

The mask helps draw out impurities and oil from clogged pores, while licorice evens out skin tone and vitamin C brightens. This set also thoughtfully includes a brush for easy application and an exfoliating treatment for extra-clogged skin.

A cult-favorite daily chemical peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel, $88, available at Sephora

These two-step treatment pads are loaded with alpha-hydroxy acids like lactic, citric, and malic, and beta hydroxy acids like willow bark to exfoliate, nourish, and even out skin tone.

Here's a review of why we love it so much. 

A body roller to help rejuvenate skin

Esker Beauty Allover Jade Roller, $65, available at Esker Beauty

If they already have a facial roller, they'll love this one for their body. Since skincare isn't just about the skin of their face, this large textured body roller can help destress and rejuvenate skin.

A powerful anti-aging serum

iS CLINICAL Pro-Heal Serum Advance+, $155, available at Amazon

For those who don't play around with their anti-aging routine, try this powerful serum.

It's formulated with a high concentration of naturally occurring growth factors that help improve the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone and texture.

An anti-aging duo for tired skin

Augustinus Bader The Cream, $265, available at Net-A-Porter

Rich but lightweight, this cream has been 30 years in the making. It's loaded with vitamins A, B, C, and E to help brighten and fight off damaging free radicals, and formulated without parabens, fragrances, and mineral oils.

A micro-roller to help treat hyperpigmentation and uneven texture

StackedSkincare MicroNeedling Skin Refining Tool, $62.50, available at StackedSkincare

For those who are into beauty tools, this micro-roller will become a new staple in their routine. When used solo, it can help rejuvenate skin; when used with serums or oils, it can help skin absorb products better and deeper.

A cult-favorite serum

SK-II Pietra Aura Kit, $110, available at Bloomingdale's 

One splash of SK-II's iconic essence will help lighten dark spots, improve radiance, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. This kit includes a brightening serum and cleanser too.

Multi-tasking creams they'll want to keep in every bag

Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm Duo, $27, available at Bloomingdale's

I use this multipurpose balm everywhere — face, hands, cuticles, even the ends of my hair. It's super hydrating and doesn't leave behind a heavy scent or tacky feeling. In fact, I might buy a second one for myself this year.

A Bluetooth-enabled LED mask

Foreo UFO, $199, available at Dermstore

When used with the brand's masks, this innovative Bluetooth-enabled LED tool helps ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin for more efficacious results.

A colorful mask that's fun to use

Graffiti Collective Pure Grit Exfoliating Mini Mask, $7, available at Graffiti Collective

This bright blue mask exfoliates and makes for great self-care selfies. It's made with walnut shells, papaya enzymes, bentonite clay, and kaolin clay to help get rid of dead skin and congested pores.

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