How to Gift Skincare This Holiday Season
The Skincare Aficionado
As the 2nd instalment in our Holiday series in how to gift skincare, we are tackling the Mount Everest of people to give a gift to: the aficionado. They are the tastemakers in your life. They may not be paid for it on Instagram but they have the covetable ability to influence. You find yourself wondering where they got that new scarf, how do they make bell bottom jeans look cute again, and most importantly, what do they use on their skin. You may be wondering then at the hubris in attempting to give them skincare. How would that even work? Can you do it? Of course you can- we have the inside track on what to give this insider who knows it all. The key? Give something with a cult following but real street cred in the active department.
The Omni-Potent Powerhouse
Power, Power and More Power
Our Retin+Erase has a cult following for a reason. Sure a fancy La Mer product might have a high price tag, but this little gem has the enviable status of having the highest known concentrations of this type of active in North America. It’s a hybrid molecule that is a part of the Vitamin A derivative family- think a close relation to prescription retinoids and retinol. If you were to gift the equivalent 1% active concentration of either a retinoid or even a retinol, your friend might not appreciate that you’ve caused their face to molt as though it had been sandblasted. In other words, it would be a tad harsh. Our Retin+Erase is so giftable because really everyone can use it without difficulty but still get impressive results. You can mention that your dermatologist had it exclusively first made for her patients like the best of any Hollywood celebrity physicians. It’s pretty and luxe feeling to boot- so you have all angles covered!
The Green Beauty Godess
Let’s say your friend instead is more of the green goodness variety- she drops the word ‘toxic’ easily, explains to you about the carcinogens in your favourite neighbourhood pizza, and sips delicately from her daily green smoothie. You might need to modify your gift giving tactic. You could mention that you’ve heard about the ‘zero-irritant’ trend in green beauty and read the worrisome study that some essential oils can themselves be dreaded endocrine disruptors. Yikes! What is a green beauty diva to do? Fortunately, our new line Natrèceutique blends the best in luxury green beauty with the latest in Western medicine. It also happens to be zero-irritant free and contains no essential oils, fragrances of any kind or any common skin allergens like tea tree oil or aloe. Instead, it contains a short curated list full of plant derived goodness like our Inca Inchi Oil at a 10% concentration, harvested sustainably. It also features the lesser known actives like Ectoins or AOX (Norwegian Spruce extract) with more commonly known superfoods like Turmeric.
Finally, it can be a challenge for anyone to find a ‘green’ sunscreen that meets the most stringent criteria while also being aesthetic. Fortunately, both our Simply Zinc Ultra SPF 50 from our clinical line CyberDERM and our two formulas from our ultra matte Ava Isa SPF 45 line check both of these boxes. Gift one of these babies and your friend or loved one will be impressed and have the ultimate in protection for their skin every single day.
There you have it- you have no need to be intimidated by your know it all skincare enthusiast. Show them the light on these au courant products and they will be truly appreciative this holiday giving season.
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