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What do you get the person who always has the latest and greatest serums, moisturizers, and balms — not to mention that mini skin care fridge?

We polled dermatologists and aestheticians to find out what earns a spot on their counter, as well as the gift sets and kits they look forward to all year. After all, if it’s good enough for the kind of skin care-focused people who’ve turned an interest into a career, odds are good your friend, family member, or colleague is going to love it, too.

Read on for our list of the 10 best evidence-based skin care sets, products, and tools, and be prepared to wow all the skin care lovers on your list.

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These are expert-recommended picks, so we left the choosing up to them! We spoke to more than a dozen skin care professionals to compile our list. We asked dermatologists and aestheticians about the products they love and which ones make really great gifts for the skin care lover in your life.

We provided a little direction to each expert (think: a specific price range, a favorite skin care tool, a gift set, or a stand-alone product) to come up with a wide range of recommendations. Then with our in-house criteria, we narrowed down the list. Where we could, we provided options for places to shop.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $50
  • $$ = $50–$100
  • $$$ = $100–$150
  • $$$$ = over $150

For the minimalist

CRUDE Oil-Cleansing Starter Set

  • Price: $$
  • Highlights: plant-based
  • Drawbacks: oil cleansing method may not be for everyone

This oil-cleansing starter kit has everything your sibling, best friend, or cousin needs to go entirely soap-free. The set includes a cleansing oil (that doubles as a moisturizer!), purifying clay mask, and six absorbing microfiber cloths. The oil is noncomedogenic, and the company says a whopping 92% of customers report an improvement in their skin using it.

From the expert:

“Skin care made for everyone makes a great gift for anyone. CRUDE is safe for all people and skin types, including babies and expectant parents. This takes the guesswork out of gift buying, and at $60 you can offer a full flora-friendly skin care routine without breaking your budget.”

Denise Cartwright, master aesthetician and CRUDE founder/CEO

For the one with dry winter skin

Priori Age-Defying Trio

  • Price: $$$
  • Highlights: full sizes
  • Drawbacks: scrub may be too harsh for sensitive skin

Dry, dull skin from the neck down is a winter staple for many, and this kit comes dashing to the rescue. It includes a microdermabrasion scrub for exfoliating, a serum to hydrate, and a rich cream to moisturize.

The expert’s take:

“Winter is the perfect time to work on all those little body imperfections we would like to refine, smooth, and brighten. PRIORI’s Age Defying Body Trio is the perfect gift set, with all the product you need for smoothing bumps, breakouts, and crepey skin.”

— Dawn Turner, aesthetician and co-founder of PRIORI Skincare

For the one who loves surprises

Beekman 1802 Time Capsule Advent Calendar

  • Price: $$$
  • Highlights: 24 mini gifts
  • Drawbacks: pricey pick; not for those with goat’s or sheep’s milk allergies

This beautifully-made Advent calendar contains 24 deluxe mini Beekman products. It’s the perfect introduction to goat milk in skin care products. Spoiler alert — the calendar includes cuticle serums and creams, soaps, eye serums, cleansers, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balm, and more. And what’s better than a gift that you get to open for 24 days straight?

The expert’s take:

“The Beekman Time Capsule Advent Calendar is a skin care lover’s mini-mecca! Even for those seeking to begin a new skin care journey, it is the ultimate jumpstart to a revamped routine that’s as luxurious as it is efficacious. They thought of everything to protect our susceptible areas from the dry, unforgiving winter weather.

The calendar includes my two all-time favorite Beekman products, the Dewy Eyed serum and the Bloom Cream. Aside from their proprietary goat milk, which has the same pH as human skin and instantly nourishes the microbiome, both products include hydration and anti-aging superheroes such as aloe barbadensis and blue thistle extract.”

Dr. Trisha Khanna, MD, FAAD

Our medical review team also points out that to err on the side of caution you may want to skip this pick for any friends with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Though the research is really limited, one recent study explored those rare cases where people who have an inflammatory skin condition developed an allergy from using skin products with goats milk.

For the lotion lover

Free + True Body Worker

  • Price: $
  • Highlights: substantial packaging, great scent
  • Drawbacks: may be highly scented for those sensitive to aromas

With jasmine, avocado, and ginger extract, Body Worker is a rich body serum that delivers long lasting moisture. It’s particularly beneficial during the fall and winter months to help repair skin that’s been exposed to the sun all summer long. Not only is the bottle itself beautiful, the scent is divine.

The expert’s take:

“We subject our bodies to so much. And yet, caring for it is an afterthought. I created Body Worker to help hands, chest, shoulders, knees, feet, and more flourish, helping skin heal from the past while giving it what it needs to stay healthy in the future. I truly believe that by treating body care as a self-care routine, no matter how simple or extensive, we’ll feel its benefits holistically from the skin to the spirit.”

Tami Blake, licensed esthetician and founder of Free + True

For the one who’ll try anything

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

  • Price: $
  • Highlights: hydrating, smooth and soft finish
  • Drawbacks: ick factor

Snail mucin is definitely for the open-minded skin care lover on your list. This slimy substance is full of collagen, elastin, copper peptides, antioxidants, antimicrobials peptides, and hyaluronic acid. That makes it deeply hydrating with antioxidant properties. And in this (entirely fragrance-free) essence, a little goes a long way.

If you’re worried about the snails, good news. No snails are harmed or even stressed out during the retrieval process. Turns out, happy snails make the most mucin, so these guys are pretty pampered.

The expert’s take:

“The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a wonderful formulation of snail mucin because it is finely filtered and feels lighter than standard snail mucin. One of the biggest original concerns with snail mucin is that it can clog pores, especially in acne-prone skin. However, the finer and more elegant formulation of COSRX decreases the risk of breakouts while still retaining the advantageous effects of the ingredients.”

Dr. James Y. Wang, dermatologist and founder of Metropolis Dermatology

For the science fan

Clinical Skin Polypeptide Serum

  • Price: $$$$
  • Highlights: quick to absorb, not oily
  • Drawbacks: pricey pick

Powerful peptides combine to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, firmness, and elasticity in this potent serum. According to the product’s clinical study participants, it’s magic in a bottle — even for those with sensitive skin.

The expert’s take:

“The Clinical Skin Polypeptide Serum has clinicals showing improvement in skin firmness, luminosity, hydration. It is new on the market and would make an amazing gift. I love the ACE technology in this product, which is a combination of antioxidants, copper peptides, and enzymes.

Dr. Bertha Baum, Board Certified Dermatologist & Cosmetic Surgeon

For the one burning the midnight oil

Fleur & Bee Eyes Eyes Baby Anti-Aging Eye Cream

  • Price: $
  • Highlights: moisturizing, firming, lightweight
  • Drawbacks: subtly scented with lavender oil, which may not be for everyone

With caffeine and peptides, this is basically a cup of coffee for the eyes. Eyes Eyes Baby has everything you want in a great eye cream, including a vegan, cruelty-free formula, and the pretty packaging makes it perfectly gift-able. Dole these out to your coworkers and soak up the gratitude.

The expert’s take:

“I recommend Eyes Eyes Baby to everyone, my friends included. It instantly nourishes and moisturizes the delicate skin around the eyes, and the inclusion of squalane, caffeine and peptides makes this eye cream perfect for combating puffiness and fine lines.”

— Jasmine Rose, esthetician

For the one in need of a little bedtime luxury

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Lip Sleeping Mask

  • Price: $
  • Highlights: deeply hydrating, great scent
  • Drawbacks: not in tube form

Lip products are never a mistake in the gift department, but this overnight lip mask stands out thanks to soothing, softening ingredients like rosehip oil and fruit extracts. A dab of this vegan, vegetarian formula before bed means starting the morning off with a smoother, more hydrated pucker.

The expert’s take:

“One of the many great products in the 1000 Roses range, this lip sleeping mask nourishes and hydrates the lips, leaving them softer and smoother. It makes a great gift, because everyone can use a little moisture boost, especially as the seasons change. It contains a blend of oils and emollients, in addition to alpine rose stem cells, fruit extracts and rosehip oil, to leave the lips feeling healthy and hydrated.”

Dr. Marisa Garshick, board-certified dermatologist

For the jet-setter

Om Organics Mini Pink Coconut Hydrating Face Mist and Om Organics Gotu Kola + Squalane Hyaluronic Nourishing Cream

  • Price: $$
  • Highlights: plant-based, travel-friendly
  • Drawbacks: small sizes

Queue these up for the jet-setter on your list! When we’re on-the-go, sometimes our skin wants a bit of a refresh. Om’s skin care line focuses on vegan ingredients and is CertClean certified, which means the company commits to producing products that avoid an extensive list of ingredients.

The expert’s take:

“[T]hese products are for infusing the skin with a deep, dewy, nourished glow.

“The products and the packaging both feel luxurious and there’s just something special about gifting someone the excuse to take a little ‘me time.’ The products are carry-on friendly which is also great for gifting to friends as they come and go throughout the holidays.”

— Kari Asselin, esthetician, founder and CEO of Om Organics

For the tech-savvy

Omnilux Contour FACE

  • Price: $$$$
  • Highlights: FDA cleared, excellent reviews
  • Drawbacks: pricey pick

The tech-savvy skin care aficionado on your list will appreciate the Omnilux Contour FACE mask. It uses low level laser technology to reduce various skin woes, like fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of redness and pigmentation by stimulating collagen production. It’s painless and quick — each session is 10 minutes.

The expert’s take:

“I started using low level laser technology in 1995 and love it. Doctors and patients are often concerned about ‘no pain, no gain,’ but this is absolutely not true. I looked into low level laser technology and wanted a device with scientific data to support claims. That is how I came upon the Omnilux Medical device, which I have used in my clinic for over 20 years. I own two devices and it’s one of my daily go-to’s!

“The Contour FACE mask has allowed my patients to maintain their results from home with a high quality LED device that actually works and is backed by science and studies. The Contour FACE mask was developed using the same gold standard Omnilux technology that I use in, and trust for, my clinic and the results are significant. My patients love the Contour FACE mask!”

Dr. Glynis Ablon, MD, FAAD, Director, Ablon Skin Institute & Research Center

A thoughtful skin care gift is never a mistake. And with these expert recommendations for skin care goodies that really work, you’ll find something to suit everyone on your list.

Ready for a calm and stress-free holiday? Check out Healthline’s Season of Self-Care, your go-to destination for the latest must-have health and wellness gifts for your loved ones — and you!

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