The Ultimate Skincare Junkie Christmas List!

It’s that time of year again, guys! In our heads, we picture soft snow falling around us as we merrily skip from shop to shop in a cosy coat and scarf, successfully picking up gifts for everyone on our Christmas lists. In reality, we’re slipping on ice, our scarf keeps getting blown onto our lip balm, our big coats make us roast the second we step into a shop, our arms are covered in indents from heavy bags and our tubes of wrapping paper keep hitting us or knocking stuff off shelves every time we move. So I thought I’d help you all out by creating a series of Christmas Gift Lists for different types of people that you can buy from the comfort of your own home! First up, we’ve got Christmas gift ideas for skincare junkies!

This can be a tricky one – you know the person is obsessed with skincare, but you’re stumped for what to buy. What skin type do they have? What are their skin concerns? What products are good? Well, fear not, my good-intentioned shopper, for I, a fellow skincare junkie, have created a list of goodies that work for all skin types!

Take a look below!

Skincare Bibles

Korean Skincare Routine guide in a book with products

Charlotte Cho’s Little Book of Skincare is one of my new all-time favourites in this subject area. It covers a host of things, from basic skincare tips, good and bad habits, hero ingredients and ones to avoid, but also gives a fantastic insight in Korean beauty, which is growing bigger and bigger by the day. The famous 10 Step Korean Skincare routine is known worldwide and sounds complex, but really isn’t! This book breaks it down so readers can understand the basic foundations of each step, what it’s designed for, and how to add in key steps when your skin needs it. It’s not about doing 10 steps a day, it’s about being equipped with the knowledge of these 10 elements of skincare that you can switch in and out of your routine for maximum results!

(You can read about my exploration into the 10 Step Korean Skincare routine here!)

Another book I’ve been enjoying recently is Dr Anjali Mahto’s Skincare Bible. Whilst the Little Book of Skincare focuses on skincare (obviously!), a little bit of dermatology and also western/eastern skincare and culture differences, the Skincare Bible is more straight-up science. Dr Mahto explains the jargon behind skincare marketing and how to decode it – what does dermatologically tested mean? Is non-comedogenic good? Can something really be hypo-allergenic? And what’s the truth behind natural skincare? This book also offers tips on how to combat skincare issues with plans from the doctor herself, plus product recommendations and advice on keeping your skin (and bank balance!) healthy through your newfound knowledge. (Plus, the book has a very Instagram-able pink and gold cover!)

Sheet masks

Korean Skincare Step 7: Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are excellent picks for all skin types. They’re thin face masks, usually made of cotton or a gel substance, which you place on your face and leave on for 10-20 minutes. The mask is packed with skin-loving ingredients to aid with moisturising, and putting them on gives you a bit of a spa experience in your own home! (Well, it does for you – for anyone who happens to see you in the mask, it’s more of a horror experience since you end up looking like Halloween’s Michael Myers. But hey, no pain no gain, right?!)

They’re good for all skin types, because despite the rumours, even the oiliest skin types need moisture. In fact, oily skin can be caused by your body overcompensating for not having enough moisture in the skin!

Some good all-rounders include this Etude House bumper pack, or these Nature Republic masks. If they’re a sucker for cute packaging, try A’PIEU’s milkshake sheet masks, or Tony Moly’s Pokemon ones!

Sleeping packs

Korean Skincare Step 9: Moisturiser: Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack

Any good skincare junkie will be using a night cream to rejuvenate their skin while they sleep, but chances are they won’t have heard of sleeping packs. These bad boys are a Korean skincare favourite, and are designed to be used once a week in the place of your normal night cream to deliver maximum results in which ever area you’re trying to target. Whether it’s a moisture kick, a reduction in oil, wrinkle smoothing or anything in between, the right sleeping pack can really pack a punch!

They can be a little odd to get used to, as they’re a bit sticky, but they absorb into your skin overnight and you can feel the results in the morning! Personally, I’ve tried Etude House’s Bubble Tea mask (in black tea for firming – there’s also green tea for oil reduction, and strawberry tea for brightening), and the Moistfull Collagen mask by the same brand. I prefer the results from the Moistfull Collagen, but the Bubble Tea mask is just too cute!

Scrubs and masks

Korean Skincare Routine products laid out on top of Charlotte Cho's Little Book of Skincare

Again, a good scrub and mask are key products that should be in everyone’s skincare arsenal. My favourite scrubs at the moment are the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask, which exfoliates and can be left on to moisturise too, or the Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel, which is grossly satisfying as you can feel the dead skin rolling off in your hands! Next up, I plan to try the Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask.

In terms of masks, I like the Dr Jart Dermaclear Trans Foam Clay, which applies as a mask and leaves your face cleansed as a cleanser would when you wash it off. You can buy the one I have here, or buy a nice gift set of three different types here. I also love the Wow You Z’est La Vie enzyme mask, which you can find out more about and view the product here!

Lip masks

Autumn beauty: Aritaum ginger sugar lip mask in an orange tub held above other orange beauty products

Now, as a total lip balm junkie, I don’t know where these have been all my life, but I’m addicted now! These act as overnight intensive lip moisturisers, so you just whack them on like Vaseline and wake up with soft lips in the morning!

I like the Laneige Grapefruit Lip Sleeping Mask, or the Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask. I also recently ordered a Burt’s Bees overnight lip mask to see how non-Korean lip masks match up!

Skincare tools

There’s tonnes of these out there! You could buy a nice konjac sponge, which are natural sponges suitable for every day use, which gently exfoliate whilst helping to rinse off your cleanser. Or maybe you could try an exfoliating brush (here’s a super cute one!), a hot cloth and cleanser, or a facial massager to help maximise the effectiveness of skincare products by helping them to absorb better and reducing fine lines. The Foreo one is the most well-known, but not the friendliest to purses – try the Sunmay version instead, which suits me excellently! Plus, it has more speed settings and a different shaped tip, which means it’s much easier to deep clean around your nose.

You can also buy cute headbands to push your hair out of your face and stop it getting wet while washing your face, with versions varying from cat ears to Disney ones and everything in between! Check out this cool set with two headbands and a face mask tools kit! Or, check out these ones, starting from just 67p!

Got you thinking?

If you’re looking for more ideas along these lines, or perhaps for movie lovers, bookworms or bloggers, check out my full gift guides here!

Was this guide helpful? Who do you find hardest to buy for each year, and why? Mine is usually my dad – he’s a tech nerd, so I can normally think up some ideas, but then I have to work out how to get them for a price that won’t bankrupt me! Leave me a comment with your trickiest gift recipient!

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24 Comments

  1. November 25, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I’ve been slacking on my skincare recently but got some goodies from Botanics and been using their cleansing balm and it’s such a miracle product, leaves it feeling super smooth. I love the range of products you’ve given here and I’ll definitely be either purchasing or gifting some of these in the future. Thanks for sharing xx

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      Ooh, I was eyeing up Botanics only the other day but told myself to rein it in because I’ve got a YesStyle haul on the way! Haha! I’m excited that you’ve given the cleansing balm such a good review though, as it’s much easier for me to get hold of than the likes of the Banila and Heimish ones that are popular!
      Aww, thank you! I hope you love whatever you purchase! xx

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      Aww, thanks so much! 🙂

  2. November 25, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    First off – your photography is so gorgeous!

    Secondly – I now have a huge shopping list of skin care…lots of products here that I have never tried before and I’m so intrigued. Going to follow you and read more of your content

    Hayley hayleyxmartin

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Hayley!

      Haha! Sorry! (But also totally not sorry, because these products rock my world, haha!) Aww, thank you! That means a lot! I’ll follow you back 🙂 xx

  3. November 25, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Great list and lovely photos!! Thanks for sharing 💜

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Jen! 🙂

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      It’s so helpful! It explains everything so well and is full of extra cool stuff around culture, plus loads of cute illustrations! 🙂

  4. November 25, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    I really like the sound of that lip mask! The fact that you apply it before you go to sleep sounds like a really effective method for me. That Little Book of Skincare also sounds like something I need in my life!

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      It’s so helpful, honestly! I apply it just like a Vaseline and it’s still there when I wake up, and my lips are soft and flake free! The Laneige one has an almost identical to Vaseline texture, whereas the Aritaum one is a bit stickier so doesn’t spread as easily, but it stays on forever! It’s stayed on after I’ve washed my face, brushed my teeth and had breakfast before, haha!
      The book is one of my faves! I’ve just bought another to gift my friend for Christmas!

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Right?! It feels like a little luxury spa treatment to kick back with them on too! 🙂

  5. November 25, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    I’m not big on skincare but I have to say your photography skills are impressive 😀

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Aww, thank you so much! 🙂 If you ever did want to get into skincare, I’d recommend the Little Book of Skincare 😉

  6. November 25, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Another great post, and gorgeous photos! I love the sound of the Charlotte Cho book, it looks incredibly informative and easy to follow. I love sleeping packs, I used to have one from TonyMoly which I used nearly every night haha! That one looks super cute, the packaging always seems so quirky xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Hannah! Oh, I definitely recommend the Charlotte Cho book! It’s so helpful and easy to understand!
      Ooh yay, so you’re already on the Kbeauty stuff! 😎 Yes, the packaging is always so adorable, I love it! Xx

  7. November 26, 2018 / 10:24 am

    This roundup is amazing! I love the sound of the book and really want to get my hands on it now. I’m such a skincare junkie but haven’t heard of sleeping packs either. So many options to consider!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com/ x

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 26, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Thanks Soph! Oh, definitely get the book – it’s so good, honestly! And sleeping packs are definite essentials for the colder weather – I whacked one on last night! Hope you enjoy your purchases! 🙂 x

  8. November 26, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I love the idea of a skincare bible as a gift! My family and friends never get me beauty stuff without me asking for it because I’m so fussy and sensitive but a book like that would be a great gift x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 26, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Yeah, that’s what I tried to cover in this guide so I’m glad it’s been helpful! I’m the same – like I’ll get given something and read the ingredients and think “eek, can’t use that!” Haha! I thought I’d try to make a guide that even us fusspots would like gifts from, haha! X

  9. November 27, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    These are such great ideas! That bubble tea mask has the cutest packaging ever- that would make such a perfect gift! xx
    https://beaulife.org

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      November 28, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Isn’t it adorable?! I really wanted the strawberry one because it’s pink but the black tea was supposed to deliver the results I wanted so I had to restrain myself 😂xx

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