10 Skincare Buys Our Editors Want You to Shop Before 2022 Is OverDecember 01, 2022
It’s a brand new month, which means that new products are making their way onto store websites and shelves and into our medicine cabinets. These are the products Skincare.com’s editors can’t live without this December.
Victoria, Content Director
I’ve been on the hunt for a new facial oil for a while now, and I can’t wait to try this new launch from The Outset, as I’m already a huge fan of the brand’s Nourishing Squalane Daily Moisturizer. The dry oil can be used on both the face and body, and it’s formulated with a blend of 15 oils (many of which are loaded with antioxidants!) to hydrate, soothe and protect against environmental stressors. In addition to oils like jojoba, avocado, flaxseed and açai, the formula contains the brand’s plumping Hyaluroset™ Complex, a plant-based alternative to hyaluronic acid.
If you have a beauty lover with dry skin on your gifting list this year, I highly recommend checking out this SkinCeuticals skincare set. At $322, it’s certainly a splurge, but the formulas are worth it and yield results. It includes the brand’s famous H.A. Intensifier, a hyaluronic acid serum that hydrates and plumps the skin, the A.G.E. Interrupter, an anti-aging moisturizer that helps improve the appearance of loss of firmness and wrinkles, and A.G.E. Eye Complex, an anti-aging eye cream that targets a multitude of under-eye concerns like wrinkles, dark circles and dryness.
Alanna, Assistant Managing Editor
Nothing is better than giving the gift of relaxation — and this triple mask set does just the trick. It comes with the three cult-fave Youth to the People skincare masks: the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask, the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial Mask, and the Superclay Purify + Clear Power Mask. Together, they can suffice any skincare need or desire, whether your skin is dull, dry or needs a detox.
Inspired by the viral “slugging” trend, this cream is a must-have if you deal with peeling or dry skin when the weather gets cold. Since I tend to veer towards a combination skin type, this is perfect for my dry areas. It has a rich consistency but doesn’t feel too greasy during application — in fact, it's pretty lightweight and absorbs quickly. Winter skin totally has nothing on this pick.
The products in this set are staples for anyone with dry, sensitive skin like me. It comes with a gentle cleanser, a hyaluronic acid serum and an SPF-infused moisturizer (all full-size, by the way!). Each product is fragrance-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested, making them ideal for very sensitive skin types. Buying each product alone would set you back almost $65, but you can score this set for $55 instead.
This SPF 50 sunscreen is a new staple in my everyday skincare routine. It’s lightweight, super hydrating (thanks to hyaluronic acid), and it doesn’t leave a white cast. Plus, I love the way it layers under makeup — I haven’t experienced any pilling or peeling underneath foundation. I’ve been using this every day for about a month, and it hasn’t triggered any breakouts on my sensitive skin. It might be a bit too hydrating for oily or combination skin, but my dry skin loves it.
Jordan, Associate Editor
I’m definitely planning to gift my skincare loving friends this adorable Thayers mini toner holiday set, available at Target. It comes with three different versions of the brand’s iconic witch hazel toners — Unscented, Rose Petal and Lavender. Unlike other toners which can be overly drying, this one soothes and hydrates the skin while minimizing pores. With its festive packaging, this set would make a super cute stocking stuffer!
During the winter, I struggle to find a moisturizer that effectively keeps my skin from feeling dry without making it look oily or causing breakouts. The Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer is formulated for oily skin to repair my skin barrier and give me long-lasting hydration without any greasiness.
Kat, Social Media Editor
The weather is getting cooler, which means our skin is getting drier. That means it’s time for the gift of hydration with the Kiehl’s Hydrating Winter Wonders Skincare Holiday Gift Set. This set includes four full-sized favorites from Kiehl’s, including the Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Cream, Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum and the Creamy Avocado Eye Cream. Additionally, there are two mini-sized products included in the set: Rare Earth Mask and the Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner. All of these products are formulated to help you get glowy, hydrated skin this winter.
Dry winter skin is no match for the Cicaplast Balm. This viral, multi-purpose cream is a go-to for anyone looking to address dry areas. Whether you use it as an overnight mask or spot treatment for extremely dry patches, the ways to use it are endless. I’ve been using it on nights that I don’t use my retinol or active serums, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to anything else. It’s going to be a staple this winter!