Beauty products make wonderful holiday presents—if you know how to pick. Here, I’ve listed a few guidelines so you can choose the right products for either your mom, daughter, girlfriend or any woman in your holiday list. Whether she’s already a beauty buff or the type who thinks toner is merely for printers, this guide will surely earn you bragging rights for being the only person who truly knows what her skin needs.
Before you even head to the beauty store, ask yourself these questions:
1. What is her age?
For those ages 40 to 50, you’d want to introduce skin care products that will brighten and improve the skin’s texture.
2. What is her skin type?
By observing their normal behavior or even their complaints—whether it’s acne, oil or sunburns—you should be able to diagnose their skin type. If she has dry skin, go for a mild cleanser and a creamy moisturizer. Oily skin tends to require frequent exfoliation followed by immediate application of sunscreen to protect the new skin. Combination skin can be tricky since their skin condition tends to fluctuate, so go for products that multitask.
3. What is her skin care personality?
Is your friend a regular at the spa, a beauty-product junkie or a minimalist? If she’s the type who can’t last a week without going for a facial or peel, she might gravitate toward an at-home beauty gadget or a face mask. For a product enthusiast, a monthly beauty-subscription box would be a great year-round gift. For the minimalist, go for an all-in-one product.
4. Any health conditions to consider?
Now let’s get serious. Are they allergic to aspirin? If so, avoid products with salicylic acid. Does she have any health conditions? Certain conditions like diabetes, psoriasis and eczema can cause dry skin, so in this case a mild moisturizer, bath oils and lip balm go a long way. If you’re unsure of the particulars, it’s best to avoid peels or products with alcohol, hormones and dyes.
5. What is her lifestyle?
Another thing to consider is whether the recipient has a preference for special beauty categories. Is she vegan? Does she only use natural beauty products? Is she an animal-rights advocate? The good news is that DermStore.com makes it easy to search preferences like “organic” or “vegan.”
If you’re still unsure what to give, opt for a really potent sunscreen. Sun protection should be at the forefront of any skin care regimen. Skin is the body’s largest organ: Protecting it is the best gift you can give to your loved ones any day of the year.