Seal It with A Gift: The Skincare Guru

9 stellar products for the skincare-obsessed person in your life.
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They either rave about their jade roller, or wax poetic about the latest Top Shelf on Into The Gloss. In any case, there are skincare gurus all around us, aestheticians in the making. If you aren’t that friend who constantly brings up Mask of Magnaminty from Lush, or who dreams of regularly splurging on tubs of Crème de La Mer, then chances are you have a friend who does all of the above. In any case, we’ve rounded up the best and brightest of 2018 in skincare, all in the name of the best and brightest visage.

Goop GOOPGENES Marine Collagen Superpowder

Collagen, which makes up the majority of our skin, is always hot in the skincare market. Whether it be its moisturizing variations (see Hyaluronic Acid) or its injectability for plumper lips and cheeks, the best-tasting way to go is by ingesting it. GOOPGENES, from Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop, fizzes a little when mixed with filtered water. Coddling your sweet tooth is a bonus—it tastes like vanilla birthday cake.

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Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner’s Daugther, the pièce de résistance of face oils, got its own makeover for the holidays. The best part? The upgraded size, available on net-a-porter, means you seldom have to worry about running out. The oil itself, touted for its high concentration of active ingredients, moisturizing ability, calming scents, and transformative properties now even comes in a gilded bottle. The formula is worth its weight in gold, after all.

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Melanie Simon Skincare Serum C

Melanie Simon, electric aesthetician, (literally) shocked the world when she came out with ZIIP, an at-home facial microcurrent toning device. She’s done it again with her Serum C, an incredibly potent, treatment-strength serum including only Vitamin C and stabilizers. Not only does it form almost an enamel over the skin, it penetrates over the course of several minutes, making it both an instant brightener and a mindfulness ritual in one dropper.

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Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

Any multitasking beauty product has our vote, and the début product from the girls over at Le Prunier is sure to impress. Six times more potent than Marula Oil and nine times moreover than Argan Oil, the all-purpose product is great on the face, hair, elbows, and cuticles (and, frankly, anywhere else). The smell makes the elixir’s application a hypersensory experience, so much so that the glow it imparts only feels like a bonus.

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One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover

If you haven’t hopped on the double-cleanse train, now would be the time to start. Perfect for a light cleanse to rid dirt, makeup, and pollutants from the skin, this cleansing oil emulsifies on contact with water, making it both a decadent cleansing oil and a rich cleansing milk with hassle-free rinses. The Vitamin B complex also tones the skin, leaving you ready for your next cleanse or round of treatment.

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Nécessaire The Body Wash

The name says it all: this body wash from Nécessaire is the perfect addition to any body care routine (and an aesthetically pleasing stand-in for whatever drugstore body wash you last picked up from CVS). With Marula, Cacay, and Meadowfoam oils taking center stage, this luxe gel-oil is even pH-balanced for healthy skin function.

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Sunday Riley The Starter Kit

The skincare superstars over at Sunday Riley have developed quite a tremendous repertoire of products. So, should you not be able to choose which one to gift, gift the brand’s best-of starter kit, a collection of top-notch serums CEO and Good Genes, as well as the Ceramic Slip cleanser and Tidal Brightening Enzyme cream. And while each product alone makes the pack a heavy-hitting gift, it makes the perfect travel companion for any Sunday Riley devotee.

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Chanel Sublimage Le Coffret

Practically synonymous with elegance, the good folks over at Chanel Skincare have developed perhaps the most glamorous dopp kit currently available, and it comes with two of their most luxurious products. Their Sublimage line, the highest tier of the Chanel Skincare cake, now packages their cream and essence in a gold travel bag worthy of its own hefty price tag (and a private jet to boot).

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Dior Prestige Exceptional Regenerating Firming Mask

Speaking of luxury skincare, the average sheet mask is a-dime-a-dozen, but this pack of six from Dior is worth every penny. Each mask is the equivalent to one bottle of serum and the mask even hooks behind the ears for extra security. With the extra serum from the mask, use Dior’s pat-on method to boost the product’s efficacy.

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