According to the UK beauty market, skincare is booming. The term ‘treat yourself’ has switched its meaning. Our desire for ‘natural beauty’ is at its highest ever this year. With the majority of people swapping makeup for innovative serums and quenching moisturisers, it’s clear we want to re-create the flawless effect, without masking it. Basic skincare won’t do.
Whether they’re into changing up their routine, or not, you can’t argue with this trend. For me, skincare is always the best Christmas present because it shows you care. Choosing the right skincare gift isn’t hard with this guide. I’ve made sure to include five gifts every non-skincare fan and every beauty obsessive didn’t know they wanted, until now…
#1 It’s an excuse to pamper them
As the world gets busier, and ‘me time’ slips further down the agenda, the gift of a face mask is way more impactful than you think. Not only does it force your loved one to devote a few minutes to take time out for themselves, but it also gives them the instant gift of a skin-reboot, which they don’t have to take a trip to the spa to enjoy.
The words DIOR and luxury go hand in hand. But what’s most impressive about receiving this face mask is its ability to renew skin in just 60 seconds; it’s pretty amazing. DIOR has created this ‘next generation’ peel, that recreates the glowing effects of an at-home microdermabrasion treatment.
The luxe, heavy packaging will stand tall amongst everyone’s beauty cabinet. As soon as you take it out of the box, you can feel the quality of the product before you even take the lid off. As you unscrew the cap, its baby-pink tinted cream smells fresh and not too overpowering, then when worked it into your skin instant cooling effects take over, which feels like heaven after a busy day. Star ingredients developed in DIOR science labs such as exfoliating acids, BHAs, AHAs, and flower acids eat away dead skin cells and tackle pores in record timing – this is my go-to mask for getting rid of dullness.
#2 They might not buy it for themself
It’s always the case; you see your giftee eyeing up a particular product, but they never take the plunge and buy it; they’ve heard it’s incredible, but something is stopping them. My advice? Swoop in and save them with your thoughtfulness – they’ll love you even more!
I’ve chosen a facial oil, as many people don’t realise their full potential. Cushiony, nourished skin is possible when adding a few drops into your routine; whether that’s at night, mixed with moisturiser or as an extra skincare step each morning.
Midnight Recovery is the UK’s #1 facial oil. I don’t go a day without hearing a success story; this cult-favourite facial oil has become a ‘holy grail’ for many that they would never be without, so Christmas is the perfect time to stock up existing fans, or introduce newcomers to its skin-boosting powers.
What’s so great about this oil is that its ingredients are all 99.8% naturally derived. So all skin types can benefit from its replenishing benefits overnight.
#3 Luxurious skincare is the new lipstick
Premium skincare never fails to impress. Details such as beautiful packaging, efficacious textures and scents, along with scientific innovation, are what makes high-end skincare feel like a unique treat.
GUERLAIN’s Abeille Royale range has been tried and tested by my mum, my nan and me. We can all confirm that after completing the Abeille Royal ritual, our skin had never felt smoother or looked plumper; which makes this an excellent gift for any age wanting to see youthful results.
Abeille Royale is one of my most favourite routines, ever, as it’s the epitome of high-end skincare. The gold glass bottles and honey-bee inspired designs are just as detailed as their innovative ingredient line-up. The range features exclusive ingredients made by GUERLAIN themselves, such as Guerlain Royal Jelly for intense nourishment and the purest honey in the world, from Black Bee Island in Brittany to repair skin tissues.
It’s no surprise GUERLAIN’s Youth Watery Oil is one of our best-selling products here at Escentual. Anyone that tries it falls in love with it. Plus, it slips into every skincare routine, no matter how many steps you have.
Its oil-lotion concentrate has golden beads filled with the exclusive GUERLAIN ingredients, instantly making your skin glow. If your giftee currently uses a serum and moisturiser, tell them to slot it in before the serum for an instant skin boost. Or, if they prefer to keep things minimal, they would use this in place of their daily serum.
Take a look at the full Abeille Royale range here.
#4 You get to show off your expertise
In case you haven’t heard, retinol is trending. Everyone wants to know more about it, but are unsure about how to use it. That’s where you come in! In short: retinol is the best skincare gift for anyone who wants to fight ageing, as once again, it’s one of the only ingredients proven to target collagen production. With the right guidance (below), your giftee will be over the moon with this choice.
Redermic R is perfect for beginners. With a 0.3% strength, its award-winning formula has been clinically tested to be efficient against wrinkles, while being gentle enough for sensitive skin. Best used at night, this evening concentrate helps improve your skin’s natural ability to renew itself, by stimulating collagen and elastin production (the proteins that keep your skin looking line-free and youthful).
Want to know more? Get them clued up on retinol by sending the link to or printing them off this article.
#5 Perfect skin is priceless
When it comes to skincare (speaking from experience), sometimes the task of defining your own skin type can be hard, along with developing a routine that you know will also work well. By choosing my fail-safe option below, you will help transform yours or your loved one’s skin for the better, plus you’ll also educate on the hows too.
The fact that Genifique has won over 170 awards, received over 8,500 5-star reviews and has sold over 25 million bottles all over the world makes this serum, no doubt, a stellar gift. When used every morning and evening, Genifique is clinically proven to give effective results when it comes to ageing, and overall radiance.
It’s simple. By the power of microbiome science, Genifique uses probiotics and prebiotics to help the skin restore its protective layer; leading to the diffusion of fine lines and wrinkles, along with improving the recovery and renewal time of your skin for smooth, healthy results.