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Derms Share Their Holiday Wishlists, and Some of Their Picks Will Surprise You

dermatologist recommended beauty gift sets

We’re willing to bet that you’ve never asked your dermatologist for holiday shopping suggestions before. It may seem unexpected, in theory, but the concept actually makes a whole lot of sense: Derms are tuned in to the latest beauty and skincare launches and the most covetable gadgets — many of which would thrill any beauty-loving recipient. So, we asked four dermatologists to share the goodies they’re pining for this holiday season — and we were pleasantly surprised by their chic picks. From luxurious bath salts to pop-up saunas (yes, you read that correctly), read on for eight of the items dermatologists are looking to gift and get this holiday season.

WelleCo® The Super Elixir™ Caddy 
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WelleCo® The Super ElixirTM Caddy 

Julie Russak, MD, loves this gorgeous caddy from WelleCo. Sleek exterior aside, it’s brimming with the brand’s Super Elixir Greens — an organic, plant-based protein powder spiked with skin-loving superfoods. “I love WelleCo’s Super Elixir Greens ($135 for a 300g caddy) because of the brand’s commitment to supporting healthy skin, hair, and nails,” Dr. Russak notes. The Super Elixir formula contains probiotics, vitamins, and a bevy of superfoods. Add some to your morning smoothie, and you might just find that you’re sipping way to better skin.

Goop® G. Soak Set™
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Goop® G. Soak SetTM

On a similar wellness-centric note, Dr. Russak is eyeing Goop’s best-selling bath salts ($85). The set contains three distinctly different blends of essential oils and botanicals, each of which is designed to transport the body and mind to various states, ranging from zen to zealous. “These salts help to calm, re-energize, and detoxify the body,” Dr. Russak notes. We’re partial to G.NiteTM, a soothing mélange of valerian and sandalwood that’s designed to lull you into a restful sleep. Gift the full set, or split them up and distribute according to your giftees’ most pertinent concerns.

Kuppet® Portable Infrared Home Spa
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Kuppet® Portable Infrared Home Spa

Infrared saunas are trending in the wellness world, and Dr. Russak is totally on board. In fact, she’s hoping for one of her own. This portable home spa from Kuppet ($186) is a DIY version of the popular treatment, which claims to soothe sore muscles, detox the body, and calm the mind. While less sophisticated than a professional infrared sauna, the Kuppet heats up in as little as five minutes and even comes complete with a heated foot pad and chair. “This will help increase circulation for some much-needed detoxification and relaxation during the busy holiday season,” Dr. Russak says.

Dyson® Airwrap®
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Dyson® Airwrap®

Dermatologist Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, MD, can appreciate a clever, time-saving hair tool just like the rest of us — which is why she’s hoping to get her hands on the Dyson Airwrap ($550) this season. “This tool gives you many different ways to style your hair,” she says, referring to the interchangeable barrels. “It also avoids using extreme heat, so it protects your locks [from damage],” she adds. Lastly, Dr. Bae is fond of the curler’s portability, which allows for easy packing. 

Clarisonic® MIA Prima®
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Clarisonic® MIA Prima®

For the skincare buff who lives for a deep clean, Dr. Bae suggests gifting the Clarisonic Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing System ($99). “The bristles are soft, yet they’re also effective at removing buildup and keeping skin clean,” she notes. 

MoxieLash® Starter Kit
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MoxieLash® Starter Kit

For the giftee who struggles with lash glue, consider presenting a mess-free option: magnetic lashes. The category grew tremendously this year, and Dr. Bae has taken to the trend. “They can have a steep learning curve,” she admits, “but they’re one of the quickest routes you can take to looking glam!” Her pick: MoxieLash Starter Kit ($69), which comes with magnetic lashes and liner, plus a handy tool to help you perfectly place your faux lashes.

Alastin® TriHex™ Preview Regimen
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Alastin® TriHexTM Preview Regimen

To give the gift of hydrated, plump-looking skin, Jenny Liu, MD, recommends this Alastin TriHex Preview Regimen kit ($175). The set includes four of the brand’s essentials, including cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. “This would make a great starter gift for anyone looking for a simple, yet effective anti-aging regimen,” Dr. Liu says. “[These products] help stimulate new collagen and elastin formation,” she adds. (Each product is also within the TSA-approved size limit, making this collection an excellent gift for the traveler in your life.)

$175
The Eterno® LED Device
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The Eterno® LED Device

Dubbed “the eight-week facelift,” The Eterno LED Device ($254) harnesses the skin-tightening, collagen-inducing properties of LED. According to Amanda Doyle, MD, the device is also an ideal gift for sensitive and/or acne-prone skin types.

“If you’re inflamed from an acne breakout, [try] incorporating the Eterno LED red light device into your regimen,” she says. Combined with a solid preventative acne-care routine, the device is excellent at reducing inflammation and redness. “It [also] helps the medication to penetrate more deeply, making skin appear clearer and refreshed,” she adds.

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