The Guide to Skin Care, Beauty, Grooming & Holiday Gifts


From super luxurious to super affordable, there is something on this list for everyone.

This listing is for the person in your life who enjoys a selfie with a skin mask on and might live at Sephora. With 20 options to cover them from head to toe, the choices range from under the radar gems (like Egyptian magic cream) to over-the-top luxury (like Oribe hair care).

A few weeks before Christmas, what are you waiting for?

5 best gifts in skin care

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is made from a blend of ingredients that allegedly date back to the times of the pharaohs. We don’t know if King Tut used it, but it has many modern uses like lip balm, mask, makeup primer, brow tamer, after sun pomade and scar care, eczema treatment, softener. for cuticles, body cream, tamer split ends and makeup remover. It has a thick consistency; when warmed in your hands, it turns into an oil that can be absorbed through the skin or hair. A little goes a long way. Available at That right.

Weleda skin food.

Weleda is a renowned name in botanical skin care and Skin food is its flagship product. Appreciated for its nourishing ingredients and consistency, this thick cream is applied to the face or body and is particularly useful for dry skin in winter. Apply to dry areas of the face, feet, elbows and body. The formula (made up of lanolin, beeswax, sweet almond, calendula, and more natural ingredients) has not changed since the 1920s. Available at That right and Amazon (30 ml).

Corsx music.

Another cult product from the depths of Reddit’s rugged skin care forums is the Corsx Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence. (Yes, it’s made from filtered snail mucin.) This essence is a blend of a toner and a moisturizer; it gives the skin a lot of bounce and goes well with mask treatments. Available on Amazon.

Cryo-mask Dr Jart.

These weirdos Dr. Jart Cryo Rubber Masks are an intensive two-step treatment that doesn’t cost a fortune. There are four different options: yellow (Vitamin C, for glow), blue (hyaluronic acid, for hydration), green (allantoin, for soothing) and pink (collagen, for plumping). Available at Zipporah.

Biological Research.

Biologique Recherche PS50 is hard to find, expensive, and has a pungent odor. It is also one of the most coveted and effective skin care products in the world with a loyal international fan base. There are a few places to find the product in Canada but with caveats: you have to register to get the price (usually around $ 100 a bottle) and it often sells out. For the true skincare enthusiast on your list, this would make a knockout giveaway. Available in Canada at Radiance Therapy, Loshen and One-One Studio.

5 best gifts in body care

Dry brush for the body.

Dry scrub brushes are a relatively inexpensive and underrated self-care treatment. Strong upward movements (towards the heart) before a hot shower can promote circulation and exfoliate dry skin. (Once a week is fine, as more could irritate the skin.) Available at Amazon.

Yes body and scalp scrub.

This Yes scrub works from head to toe: the formula sugar crystals, glycerin and coconut oil foam (for the scalp and hair) and gently exfoliate (for the scalp and body). The scent of rose and bergamot is subtle and the fine consistency makes it gentle enough for all skin types. Available at Zipporah.

Body milk essential.

The no-frills packaging of Necessary‘s the packaging is suitable for the fragrance-free formula (ideal for people who like to wear perfume and not smell the lotion). Its enriching formula is all about PH balance for the skin; vitamins B, A, C, E and omega 3 and 6 are the main ingredients. Available at Zipporah.

Moroccan oil body oil.

Body oils are luxurious and a super effective and underused body moisturizer. This one from Moroccan oil is packaged in a spray bottle (helps even application and prevents spills) and made from a blend of argan, olive and avocado oils. Available on Amazon.

L'Occitane shower oil.

Combining moisturizer and cleanser, this rich L’Occitane Shea Shower Oil is ideal for dry winter skin. Available at Zipporah.

5 best hair care gifts

Oribe gift box.

Oribe is at the top of hair care prices; Holiday gift boxes combine a selection of travel-size products (this one is Gold Lust & Repair Shampoo & Conditioner, plus Dry Texturizing Spray). It’s a great way to treat someone who likes a little luxury in their daily routine. Available at Zipporah.

brilliantine

For styling, Brilliantine by Bumble + bumble is based on the description of the mark on the website: “difficult to define”. It is oil based but not greasy, adds shine and gives hair a sort of tousled texture. Available at Zipporah.

Tangle Teezer brush.

For long hair, a Tangle Teezer brush works in and out of the shower and will not damage wicks; Pair it with this light AG Haircare Detangling Mist. Both available on Amazon.

the kure hair mask.

For a nourishing hair mask, Amika’s Kure is specially designed for medium to thick hair and works to treat split ends, dryness and breakage. Available at Zipporah.

5 best beauty and grooming tools

Shu Umera eyelash curler.

The Shu Umera Eyelash Curler is so iconic that it was verified in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. Year after year, it makes the “best of” list and users rave about the quality and longevity. Available at Zipporah.

Tweezers.

The Tweezerman tweezers are a bit of a legend in the beauty world due to customer service (send it to installation in New York and the company will sharpen them for free) and a sharp, angular design. Available at Amazon, Zipporah and most pharmacies.

PMD cleaner.

PMD smart facial device (personal microderm cleansing) is a battery operated silicone scrubber that digs deep to clean the pores. Users love the ergonomic grip and the mode options (gentle and intense for cleaning and massaging). It is wireless and does not require a charger. Available on Amazon. (For a cheaper, but still popular skin care brush, there’s the spinning Olay Regenerist Facial Scrub.)

Nurse Jamie Facial Roller.

You may have already spotted Nurse Jamie’s Signature Massage Stick on a celebrity’s Instagram feed. With 24 stones embedded in the roller, it helps soothe, deflate and temporarily lift the skin. This is of particular interest to travelers because it is easy to pack and does not require batteries. Available on Amazon.

Magnetic eyelashes.

Magnetic eyelashes sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but they’re actually quite practical. The process removes the glue and instead uses a magnetic eyeliner with a set of lashes sticking to it. Reviewers love the ability to glue thick lashes on demand. However, some note that there is trial and error with the app. Available at Zipporah.

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