’Tis the holiday shopping season, and odds are you still have a few people to cross off your list. As a dermatologist, I can’t think of a better gift to give than healthy, happy skin, and these picks for this year have the ladies and men covered from head to toe. And while you’re at it, you may want to get a few for yourself.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Stencils: Not everyone has the luxury of an on-call brow guru, but these stencils are the next best thing. Featuring five shapes so you can “try on” different looks — and achieve a natural-looking result effortlessly — simply align a stencil and fill in your brows with powder or pencil.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Trio: You can never have enough hand cream, and this set of three lets you stash one in your bag, on your desk, next to the sink or wherever you find yourself needing a surge of soothing, smoothing moisture.
Coola Liplux SPF 30: Sunscreen-wise, the lips are the most neglected part of the body. This nourishing balm provides broad-spectrum UV protection and antioxidants that are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
BareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15: If you avoid your eyes when applying sunscreen, you’re not doing your skin any anti-aging favors. This innovative cream-based shadow offers blendable, long-lasting color plus brightening, line-smoothing and UV protection benefits.
Bloxsun Sun Gloves: From driving to outdoor activities, you probably don’t realize how much sun exposure your hands really get —and this UV damage can show up decades later in the form of sun spots, crepey skin and a bony appearance. These discreet gloves help shield your hands from the sun without the need for slippery sunscreen.
Chella Heated Eyelash Curler: Heat-styling isn’t just for the hair on your head, and this safe eyelash curler gently coaxes lashes into a curl without pinching.
Senté Intense Eye Therapy: Formulated to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark under-eye circles, this potent treatment helps brighten and tighten delicate skin around the eyes without irritation.
Sunscreen: Many of us are unwilling to splurge on sun protection, so why not give a gift that helps prevent visible signs of aging and skin cancer? My favorites are Obagi Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50, PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 and Blue Lizard Sensitive.
Cetaphil DailyAdvance Lotion: Moisturizing daily is the best way to keep dry skin at bay, and this lightweight lotion provides skin from the neck down with non-greasy, fast-absorbing hydration. For maximum moisture, apply after showering while skin is still damp.
PAORR 100% Organic Moroccan Argan Oil: Offering head-to-toe moisture, soothing and protection for skin and hair, there’s not much this antioxidant-packed oil can’t do. Apply as needed to your face and body, add a bit to your bath or use it as a smoothing treatment before and after styling your hair.
Essopi Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 2X: Available exclusively through dermatologists, I like this retinol serum because it contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and caffeine to minimize redness.
Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Growth Supplements: Whether you’re dealing with hair thinning, hair loss or a bad haircut, this drug-free daily supplement has been proven to boost growth.
Heliocare: There’s no such thing as too much sun protection, and these powerful antioxidant supplements increase your skin’s resistance to UV damage from within.
Just remember, healthy skin requires a year-round commitment. Check out my new blog at LeslieBaumannMD.com for a steady stream of must-know information about skin care, in-office treatments and much more!
Dr. Leslie Baumann is a board-certified dermatologist and CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami.