Even if you’re a seasoned gift-giver, the overwhelming assortment of shopping options during the holiday season can make it hard to find the just right personal present for everyone on your list. At times, it seems simpler to stock up on a bunch of basic gift cards and call it a day. Resist the temptation to take the easy way out and think a little differently about your family and friends. Chances are, they all fit under one of the unique categories that we’ve outlined below, from the trendsetter to the skincare expert. For each, we’ve designated pampering experiences — plus the perfect skincare products to seal in the glow — that will ensure the recipient remembers your thoughtful gift for years to come.
The trendsetter is your friend who seems to know about everything chic and effective months ahead of everyone else in your life. It’s almost as if they are part of a secret club (or, perhaps, reads a truly informative newsletter).
The treatment: Red Carpet 24k Gold Facial℠ ($175)
Where to get it: European Skin & Massage Studio℠, Los Angeles
What to expect: Few things feel as luxurious as adding precious metals into your beauty routine. This facial fit for royalty features the detoxifying properties of gold, which is said to leave the skin smoother, tighter, and brighter.
The treatment: Dermalinfusion® ($200)
Where to get it: Glo Spa NY℠, New York City
What to expect: This medical-grade skin-resurfacing treatment smooths, cleanses, and softens with three simultaneous actions. It stars a small vacuum-type tool that exfoliates, extracts, and infuses the skin with serum all at the same time. Regardless of your skin concerns, you can tailor the treatment to fit its needs by selecting from four available serums.
The product: Drunk Elephant® T.L.C. Sukari BabyFacial® ($80)
What to expect: This powerful, cult-favorite mask uses a concentrated blend of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to help resurface skin, revealing a smoother, tighter, brighter-looking complexion. Glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids work to boost cellular turnover, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots. Salicylic acid goes into pores to decongest your skin, while pumpkin enzymes help
The Beauty Lover on a Budget
The beauty lover on a budget knows what they like, and finds ways to get it without breaking the bank. Careful spending habits won’t get in the way of their effective skincare regimen!
The treatment: The Fine-Tune Facial℠($70)
Where to get it: Hiatus® Spa + Retreat, Dallas
What to expect: In just a fraction of the time of a typical facial, this speedy treatment will give your complexion a boost. During your 30-minute appointment, you can choose between an exfoliating treatment, an anti-aging facial massage, or a customized face mask.
The treatment: Shoulder + Back Clarity Answer Back! Back Facial℠ ($85)
Where to get it: VMV® Hypoallergenics Boutique & Spa, New York City
What to expect: Facials don’t have to be exclusively for your face. This deep pore-cleansing treatment is designed specifically to target and banish bacne. After a scrub, steam, extractions, mask, and moisturizer, you’ll be ready to show off your smooth skin.
The product: Versed® Found the LightTM Powder with Vitamin C ($20)
What to expect:Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and complexion brightener, and is often formulated in products that are up to five times the price of this one. Interestingly enough, the powdered delivery system of Versed Found the Light makes it more potent than many other products with the ingredient. Simply add a few shakes of the powder into your favorite moisturizer or serum to give it a brightening boost.
The Complexion Connoisseur
The complexion connoisseur spends hours researching the active ingredients in their favorite serums and creams, ensuring that they’re maximizing every step in their routine for the best possible results. Knowledge is power!
The treatment: Jet Set Facial℠ ($350)
Where to get it: Kát Rudu® Beauty, Los Angeles
What to expect: Like the celebrities that visit Rudu’s studio, you'll be ready for your close-up after this red carpet facial. The five-star treatment starts with a cleanse using products from her namesake skincare line, followed by microdermabrasion, extractions, exfoliation, and topped off with a hyaluronic acid brightening mask. Basically, expect to walk out of Kat’s studio looking — and feeling — extra radiant.
The product: Atolla® Skin Health System ($45 per month)
What to expect: Anyone who’s intrigued by ingredients and skincare science will love diving into the Atolla Skin Health System. Developed by MIT graduates, it uses carefully-crafted testing tools to evaluate skin’s pH, oil, and moisture levels. Once you submit your results and the goals you have for your skin, Atolla creates a bespoke serum for you. In subsequent months, as your skin adapts to the formula, Atolla may tweak it, increasing the levels of some ingredients or changing the product entirely to ensure your complexion is at its peak.
The treatment: The Holistic Facial℠ ($175)
Where to get it: Naturopathica®, New York City
What to expect: Because this facial is designed to make you look and feel your best from the inside out, your appointment will begin with a comprehensive questionnaire to determine your skin personality. Based on your results, your skin specialist will give you a bespoke facial in addition to a lymphatic massage and acupressure work. The results? Lit-from-within skin, as well as a custom treatment regimen to keep that post-facial glow going.
[Editor's Note: If you take blood thinners, talk to your doctor before using a gua sha or rolling tool]
The Au Naturale Aficionado
The au naturale aficionado want results from their beauty products — they just want them to come from clean ingredients. They believe that nature knows best, and they’ve seen proof of that in their skin.
Where to get it: CAP Beauty®, New York City
What to expect: This complexion-decongesting facial proves that natural products are a formidable foe against blemishes. During your appointment, you’ll receive a deep cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, and a décolleté massage — finished off with a face mask.
Where to get it: Local Beaute℠, Los Angeles
What to expect: Relax during this 60-minute treatment knowing that your skin will be pampered with Naturallogic’s organic skincare line. Not only is this experience a treat for your complexion, but your senses will be delighted by the natural aromas of the formulas, too.
The product: Eminence® Organics Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream ($90)
What to expect: This nourishing, yet non-greasy cream is packed full of arctic plants and berries that provide powerful antioxidant defense for skin. Gardenia and gotu-kola stem cells work to fight dark spots and fine lines, while peptides derived from hibiscus seeds help firm and strengthen.
The Skincare Student
If you know someone who is new to skincare, we’re here to help you get them started. They don’t have to be an expert in the skincare aisle to get a gorgeous complexion — all they really need to know is the fundamentals!
Where to get it: Francesca Paige Skin℠, Los Angeles
What to expect: If you’re in need of a no-nonsense, results-driven facial in the LA area, look no further than Francesca “Frankie” Paige’s expert hands. She’ll cater your treatment to your specific skin needs, choosing from a mix of exfoliation, microdermabrasion, peels, oxygen treatment, and more.
Where to get it: Je'Derm Skin Atelier℠, New York City
What to expect: Indulge your complexion with this one-of-a-kind facial that's totally customized to you. Keeping your skin's current state and desired results in mind, your esthetician will thoughtfully craft a cocktail of treatments and techniques including microdermabrasion, peels, and light therapy.
The product: CeraVe® AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion With Sunscreen ($19)
What to expect: Ask any dermatologist what the most important step of any skincare regimen is, and they’ll tell you that it’s sunscreen. This one is loaded with hyaluronic acid (a molecule that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water), soothing niacinamide, and ceramides, which help seal hydration into skin for softness that lasts all day. And, of course, the SPF protects your skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays, keeping it looking younger for longer.
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Dermalinfusion Important Safety Information
The Dermalinfusion® device is a general dermabrasion device that gently removes the top layer of skin and delivers topical cosmetic serums onto the skin.
Important Safety Information
The Dermalinfusion® treatment is not for everyone. You should not have a Dermalinfusion® treatment if you have compromised skin quality. Tell your provider if you are pregnant, lactating, or have any medical conditions, including allergies, and if you are using topical medications on the area to be treated.
Typical side effects include a scratchy, stinging sensation during the treatment and temporary tightness, redness or slight swelling after the treatment. Rare serious side effects may also occur and include severe skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Pro‐Infusion Serums Disclaimer
The Pro‐Infusion Serums are intended to meet the FDA’s definition of a cosmetic product, an article applied to the human body to cleanse, beautify, promote attractiveness, and alter appearances. These products are not intended to be drugs that diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. These products have not been approved by the FDA and the statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Please talk to your provider for additional information.