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Holiday Gift Guide: Higher Education Skincare Edition

It’s that time of year again!

The holidays are the best — cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and opening presents by the fire… But let’s face it: they can also be the most stressful and busiest time of the year. Between midterms and traveling back home, finding the time to get the perfect gift can be nothing short of overwhelming.

It’s three days before Christmas and you STILL haven’t gotten a present for 5 people on your list: panic ensues and you reach for your 2nd peppermint mocha.

Luckily, we’ve got ideas for everyone on your list so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the snow:

  1. If she’s your bestie...

Show your best friend how much you love spending quality time with her by making a "girl’s night in" kit. Throw in a DVD of the classic rom-com, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, two packets of hot chocolate (or a bottle of her fave red wine), and a tube of Study Buddy™ Clarifying and Brightening Mask. Is it even a girl’s night if you don’t do a face mask while hearing the latest and greatest? I think not.

  1. If your pal is an overachiever…

What to get the girl who has already been accepted to five grad schools, finished her term paper early, and seems to always have the most perfect, luscious hair? Wow her with a retinol like MBA™ Night Renewing Serum with .5% Retinol. Overachievers like to be one step ahead of the game, and the best way to stay ahead in skincare is retinol. This powerful ingredient keeps wrinkles at bay and helps prevent acne while diminishing dark spots. It seriously does it all, just like your go-getter pal.

  1. If you have a cousin/co-worker you get in Secret Santa that you don’t really know, but still need to buy a present for…

Awkward. We all have that one cousin we haven’t spoken to in years who’s finally coming to Christmas. Get her something foolproof, like Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads. They’re perfect for all skin types—so it’s guaranteed to work for your mysterious cousin—and everyone can use a little more exfoliation in their life. Let the AHA do its job; before you know it, she’ll remember you as ‘the cousin who gifted her with glowing skin.’

  1. If your friend is a sophisticated ski bunny and about to hit the slopes…

So, you have a friend whose winter break plans include plenty of skiing? Yeah, I’m jealous of her, too. But you’re probably not going to be jealous of the dry, chapped skin she ends up with after five days in a winter wonderland. Before her vacation, gift her with Goal Digger™ Moisturizing Cucumber Crème to keep her moisturized through every black diamond. With cucumber and vitamin B3 working their magic, her skin is sure to stay ultra-hydrated during après ski.

  1. If your BF needs a stocking stuffer…

Boys need skincare, too! Chances are, your boyfriend is seriously ignoring his skin health. Now’s the perfect time to pop this in his stocking and nudge him in the right direction with Make Out Ready™ Moisturizing Lip Balm. With SPF 15 and vitamin E, he’ll quickly start to feel the effects of taking care of his lips. Plus, with a name like “Make Out Ready,” he’ll be happy to use the entire tube—and you’ll be happy, too.

  1. If your friend is a total night owl and never sleeps...

We all have that one friend who never seems to go to bed before 2 AM. What are they even doing up that late? The world may never know. But those late nights take a toll on the under-eye area. Give her a little pick-me-up with Night Owl™ Reviving Eye Complex. This eye cream contains caffeine to depuff and wake up the eyes, even after the gnarliest of all-nighters.

  1. If you have a friend who parties hard…

Got a buddy who’s always the life of the party? Same. If your friend is anything like mine, then she may not always remember to take her makeup off when she gets home at 1 AM after a night of fun. We’ve all done it before, where you wake up in the morning looking like a raccoon. Save your friend from ‘raccoon face’ with the gift of Cheat Sheet™ Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes. Even if she's exhausted, all she'll need to do is give her face a little wipe for makeup removal and the ultimate hydration. Easy peasy!

  1. If she's makeup obsessed

If your friend is a makeup addict like me, then chances are she’s constantly on the prowl for the perfect cleanser. How you take your makeup off is just as important as how you apply it; any beauty guru would agree that it’s crucial to have a good base. Gift her a twofer with No Brainer™ Gentle Skin Cleanser and Pre-Req™ Invigorating Foaming Cleanser. No Brainer™ is a gentle cleanser, perfect for the days when her skin feels dry and sensitive, while Pre-Req™ contains the antibacterial tea tree oil to clear the skin of bacteria and any traces of makeup like no one’s business. Not lying, I might gift this to myself… A girl needs to cleanse!

  1. If she never gets off Instagram…

Blue light from digital devices, like computers and smartphones, can cause very real photodamage to the skin over time. Yikes! The perfect gift for the gal who can't tear herself away from Twitter: Cram Session™ Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion. Not only will it moisturize her skin and limit the production of free radicals (which can be caused by blue light, amongst other things!), but it contains added melanin to help shield her skin from all that blue light the next time she’s scrolling through IG or Pinterest.

  1. If your sister is a total beach babe...

Get that girl some SPF, stat! Chances are, you already know that too much sun exposure can wreak havoc on the skin and cause premature aging. Sisters don’t let sisters get wrinkles! Do her a solid and gift her Spring Break™, so that the next time she goes out, she can enjoy the sun safely. This oil-free, broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen will protect her from both UVA and UVB rays, all while soothing her skin with added aloe vera.

  1. If your friend is obsessed with having silky smooth skin…

So, one of your friends’ older sisters just had a baby and now she can't get over how soft their skin is? Seriously, it's like silk. I get it. Your friend's skin may never be quite like a baby's again, but she can get close with some good exfoliation! For this gal, gift her Grinding Away™ Skin Polishing Scrub and Rush™ Clear Complexion Wipes With 2% Salicylic Acid. Grinding Away™ will provide her with physical exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and reveal a new baby-soft layer of skin, while Rush™ will keep her skin super clear and fresh with 2% salicylic acid. Baby who?

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