skincare

The Gift of Skincare

Christmas is around the corner, so if you celebrate you may need gift ideas. I have some skincare gift ideas for the beginner skin enthusiasts in your life. I say beginner because an advanced enthusiast is probably going to have all the skincare they need or they are not going to be impressed with products I’m going to share.

For a basic three step system all you need is a cleanser, a moisturizer, and sunscreen. The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser is a quality choice at a good price. It’s gentle, melts into your skin, and dissolves all the gunk on your face. The Moisturizing Cream from Cerave is quite popular in the skincare community, probably because it’s developed with dermatologists. It contains ceramides that restores your natural skin barrier and hyaluronic acid to maintain your moisture levels.

As far as SPF goes, I’m going to recommend one for oily skin, one for dry skin, and one for sensitive skin. DermaControl Oil Absorbing Moisturizer is lightweight, has a matte finish, and provides broad spectrum protection. Black Girl Sunscreen is emollient with a capital E. It has several different oils in the ingredients list, like jojoba and sunflower oil. It’s so moisturizing, you can skip adding lotion. Definitely dry skin friendly. Here is where I would – under normal circumstances – suggest the Purito Comfy Water, but after the scandal over its SPF rating being lower than the 50++++ stated on the bottle, I’ll have to suggest my second choice, which is the Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen by Biossance. It doesn’t come in first because of the price ($30!) Also, I noticed that when I would layer this on my skin for the second or third time in the day, there was a slight white cast and it’s a bit too emollient for the oily areas in my skin. You know what? The Guards Up sunscreen is probably a better option for oily skin and Squalane + Zinc is best for drier skin. It had a similar performance issue with cast, but it was more reasonably priced, and it felt less greasy upon application.

All of the products I mentioned above I’ve used, are budget friendly, and fragrance & essential oil free. (By my standards, anything under $20 is friendly to my budget, anything over $40 is out of range.) However, if that doesn’t matter to you and you have $100-ish dollars to spend, then you can splurge and get the All Four One 4-Piece AM + PM Skincare Bundle from Fenty Skin. To be honest, I don’t have any personal experience with these products, but I did buy the initial three piece set for my cousin who didn’t have a skincare regimen, and she said it evened out her skin tone and got rid of dry areas. I mean, who wouldn’t want a gift set from Rihanna?

Addendum: If the person you are buying gifts for deals with mild acne, consider getting them some pimple patches.

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