Q: What’s the hottest nail color this holiday season?

A: Go for gold this holiday season with SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Gold Digger. If you prefer more traditional shades of red, give this fall’s hottest crimson colors a try. Reach for shades that are deep, rich and velvety for a classic holiday look.

Q: Every year, my otherwise healthy, clear skin looks bloated, blotchy and unbalanced in holiday photos. How can I prevent the hustle and bustle of the holidays from taking a toll on my skin this year

A: Begin by using a makeup primer like Colorescience About Face to reduce redness. Then, add a touch of cream bronzer to restore a healthy glow. Lastly, erase holiday fatigue around the eyes with a gel-based eye cream like B. Kamins Oxi Defense Hydrating Eye Care.

Q: My husband’s skin is beginning to show signs of aging. He refuses to buy his own anti-aging products and insists on using mine. Is this OK?

A: Everyone’s skin has different demands. Plus, men’s skin is different from women’s (here’s why). And with a growing market of men’s skin care, there are plenty of products to choose from to restore his skin — without compromising his masculinity. Check out M Lab for advanced anti-aging skin care formulated just for him!

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In search for that perfect present for a close coworker, friend or loved one? Consider the gift of high-quality, effective skin care. Whether it’s for your boyfriend, BFF or yourself, we’ve found the perfect assortment of skin care sets to choose from this holiday season.

1. Philosophy Makeup Optional Skin Trial Kit. The most common makeup faux pas isn’t electric blue shadow or runny liner — it’s over-application. Don’t use makeup as a mask to cover up your complexion. Instead, adopt a skin care routine that enhances the health and appearance of your skin with the Philosophy Makeup Optional Skin Trial Kit. In it, you’ll find:

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser is an all-in-one makeup remover, cleanser and toner that gently dissolves makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities from your complexion. Teeming with enriching extracts like sage, meadowfoam and rosewood, this simple, restorative cleanser creates a face that’s clean, fresh and ready to show off.
  • When Hope Is Not Enough Serum is a lightweight gel that tones, firms and hydrates — all at the same time! Toss aside your heavy makeup and use this restorative serum daily to promote beautiful, ageless skin.
  • Hope In A Jar is packed with powerful antioxidants, including beta glucan to enhance the skin’s natural ability to heal and exfoliating lactic acid to reveal smooth, healthy skin.

2. AHAVA Best of Beauty Travel Kit. For the jetsetter on your list, this carry-on-ready kit will streamline and simplify skin care on the go. It contains:

  • Mineral Hand Cream blends restorative extracts like witch hazel with soothing Dead Sea water to bring nourishment and hydration to hardworking hands.
  • Mineral Foot Cream is enriched with AHAVA's exclusive Mineral Skin Osmoter™, anti-bacterial tea-tree oil and other natural extracts to soothe and restore even the roughest feet.
  • Mineral Shower Gel is a luxuriously refreshing shower gel teeming with natural moisturizers and plant extracts to clean and hydrate from head to toe.
  • Cleansing Cream blends Dead Sea water, aloe and other soothing extracts to gently cleanse and nourish your complexion.
  • Purifying Mud Mask is the perfect pick-me-up after a long airplane ride. Enriching Dead Sea mud penetrates your pores to deliver much-needed minerals for a brighter complexion.

3. M LAB Travel Collection for Anti-Aging. It’s no secret that most men need a bit of guidance when it comes to creating an anti-aging arsenal of skin care products. The holidays are the perfect time to help him out. Whether he’s a frequent traveler or needs to jump-start his anti-aging regimen, this collection is the perfect gift. It contains:

  • Anti-Aging Cleanser contains a unique complex of cleansers, moisturizers and free radical-inhibitors to purify, protect and hydrate skin.
  • Anti-Aging Toner boasts ablend of natural plant extracts, minerals and antioxidants to help even out skin tone for a younger, fresher appearance.
  • Anti-Aging Treatment Cream is a multitasking moisturizer that tackles both dry skin and signs of aging with a male-inspired matrix of peptides, antioxidants and intense hydrators.
  • Anti-Aging Treatment Serum is a synergistic complex of age-fighting peptides, rejuvenating antioxidants and hydrating extracts that targets the toughest lines and wrinkles to improve the look of aging skin.
  • Anti-Aging Day Treatment SPF 15 infuses skin with SPF to prevent future sun damage while antioxidants and peptides penetrate pores to correct existing signs of aging.
  • Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a must for every man’s anti-aging skin care routine. Multi-functional peptides work hard to visibly minimize age lines, puffiness and under-eye discoloration for a healthy, ageless appearance.

4. StriVectin SD Gift of Results Kit. For the Cadillac of skin care collections, reach for the StriVectin Gift of Results Kit. StriVectin’s clinically proven ingredients provide at-home results that rival those of pricey, professional anti-aging treatments and procedures. This comprehensive kit contains:

  • StriVectin SD Instant Retexturizing Scrub is the first step toward youthful skin. This exclusive scrub is engineered with the patented NIA-114 that’s proven to rebuild the damaged layers of skin for improved texture and tone.

5. Elizabeth Arden Intervene Pause And Effect Moisture Lotion Kit is the ideal skin care regimen to slow the signs of aging while protecting against future damage. Built on proven anti-aging technology, this easy two-step collection is perfect for women on the go and features:

6. Philosophy Candy Cane Lane Holiday Gift Set. ‘Tis the season for crisp scents, warm lotions and high-gloss lips. This peppermint-inspired set provides pampering for you or someone you love. In it, you’ll find a foaming shower gel and bubble bath, body lotion and yummy lip shine.

7. L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Shower Set. This luxurious shower set is the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season. Each formula features a refreshing blend of sweet almond oil and five essential oils — angelica, lavender, geranium, ylang-ylang and patchouli — for aromatic cleansing from head to toe. In addition to Aromachologie Revitalizing Shower Gel, this set also includes:

  • Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo smoothes and softens the capillary fibers within each individual strand of hair, leaving your locks looking and feeling full and healthy.

8. Sundari Gift of Healing Bodycare. This fragrant collection of healing formulas makes a beautiful gift this holiday season. This revitalizing skin care collection features the following all-natural products:

  • Neem and Manuka Body Cleanser is an earthy infusion of herbal extracts and oils that soothes and hydrates tired, thirsty skin. It also boasts anti-bacterial properties to target body acne and odor.
  • Neem and Triphala Body Oil is an aromatic oil for all skin tones and types. This rich blend of essential oils, neem and triphala heals, hydrates and softens skin all over.
  • Neem and Blood Orange Body Lotion is a sweet, sensual hydrator that boasts a complex of essential oils, including blood orange to energize, refresh and balance dry skin.

9 . Ole Henriksen Spa Body Kit. Now you can stuff stockings with the gift of the spa! The Ole Henriksen Spa Body Kit brings spa-inspired luxury to the comfort of home and features:

  • Body Sleek Lotion is a hydrating mixof Swiss collagen protein, vitamins A and D, and avocado and apricot oils that nourish and moisturize even the driest skin.
  • Clarifying Body Wash is the perfect post-holiday pick-me-up. This sensual herbal shower cleanser is teeming with purifying and soothing extracts to leave skin feeling silky, fresh and clean.
  • Lavender Body Oil delivers the calming properties of lavender to your skin care routine. Simply massage into skin from head to toe for an invigorating, spa-worthy experience in the comfort of home.
  • Loofah Body Scrub brings the spa into your everyday shower experience. With energizing menthol, healing antioxidants and nourishing vitamins, this stimulating, exfoliating scrub will refresh and brighten winter skin.

10. Molton Brown Now We Are Six. Inspired by the children’s classic Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne, this skin care collection appeals to the imagination. Rich in flower extracts, antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids, these luxurious body lotions and bath products boast ingredients such as spicy black pepper oil, revitalizing Brazilian suma ginseng, soothing eucalyptus oil and energizing grapeseed and raspberry. In addition to Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Bath and Shower, this bath collection features:

Give the gift of beautiful skin with these top-rated skin care collections. Whether you wrap up the whole set or give one of these featured formulas, these skin-inspired gifts are sure to make your family and friends glow with gratitude this holiday season.

See also:

5 Beauty Products to be Thankful For This Season

Exploring Eco-Friendly Skincare: 5 Top Brands

The Hottest 10 Fall Skincare & Beauty Products

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M LAB Anti-Aging Eye Cream The M LAB Anti Aging Eye Cream contains multi-functional peptides to visibly minimize age lines, puffiness and under-eye discoloration."
Sundari Amrus Scented Candle The simple but delicious Indian desert called Amrus inspires the scent. The treat consists of chilled mango pulp garnished with fresh basil fusing both sweet and peppery notes."
Philosophy Candy Cane Lane Holiday Gift Set a cool, crisp season comes to life with this invigorating candy cane gift set. "
Ole Henriksen Lavender Body Oil As an essential oil, Lavender is simply unsurpassed and is truly a miracle worker. Often referred to as 'burns first aid', Lavender’s anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties are amazing."
Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath And Shower Transport yourself to steamy faraway shores with this highly exotic new bathing therapy. "
L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner detangles, softens and adds luster to hair. This conditioner nourishes and deeply restores capillary fiber, repairs, stimulates and regenerates hair."
AHAVA Smoothing Moisturizer Day - Normal to Dry This rapidly absorbing moisturizer drenches the skin with natural long-lasting hydration boosting the skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) enabling your skin to achieve a smoother, firmer and younger-looking state."

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