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!
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 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!
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
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!
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!
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!