12 skincare gifts for Christmas

Still looking for gifts? Here are some of our favourite skincare products, all thoroughly tried and tested – and treasured – for their fragrances, textures and, of course, their results. 



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An ideal cleanser for the winter months is Aesop’s Parsley Seed Cleansing Facial Oil. It emulsifies on contact with water and feels great on the face, literally soaking up grime. It’s good at make-up removal too, and its rustic, earthy, honest fragrance is a delightful daily regime to wake up to. Especially good for dry skin. www.aesop.com




When it comes to cleansing, one of my favourite ever face scrubs is the beautifully gentle yet surprisingly effective Triple Action Exfoliator by LING. Founder Ling Chan is the queen of cleansing, and this almost porridge-like pineapple enzymes, almonds and honey mixture is comfort food for the face. Good for all skin types. www.lingskincare.com




I’ve only recently become a convert to toners, and now I can’t live without them. One that also works as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up mist is Kerstin Florian’s Aroma Akta Neroli Water. Floral and sensual, the bitter orange blossom makes for a great hint of scent too. www.kerstinflorian.com




Winter can be a time when your complexion acts up with red areas, dry spots and even breakouts. For the ultimate in serums that will lull your skin into a sense of total balance, Aromatherapy Associates’ Instant Skin Soothing Serum is beautifully hydrating and calming. Good for all skin types. asia.aromatherapyassociates.com



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Ila products are always gorgeous, with transporting fragrances and amazing textures. I wear their hero Face Oil for Glowing Radiance without anything else at all and really do glow with argan oil health, while radiating wafts of rose and sandalwood. Good for all skin types. www.ila-spa.com



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One of my first ever skincare loves was Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Light enough for the tropics, with just a hint of a delicate floral fragrance and oceans of nourishment, my skin drinks it up. Anti-aging, hydrating, protecting, it does it all. www.elemis.com



THALGO Creme Hyaluronique[1]_c_600

As another year approaches its end, it’s always worrying to suddenly realize how fast the days speed along. Time for Thalgo’s Hyaluronic Cream, which fills your wrinkles with hyaluronic acid while plumping and hydrating them smooth. Especially for those of us who are 35 or older. www.thalgo.com



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A more recent find of mine was British brand Elemental Herbology. Epitomising the natural yet results-driven trend that’s giving more scientific brands a run for their money, especially delicious is their Facial Soufflé. Smooth it on when you go to bed and let it moisturize your skin all night. Equally great on long haul flights. Good for dry and mature skin. www.elementalherbology.com




Winter is tough on the body, so when the skin on your legs starts to resemble scales, come to the rescue with Baume de Printemps by Themae. The mix of black tea essence and macadamia oil melts warmly into your skin and conjuring up the days of spring to come, smells of the sun. Apply to dry and rough skin. www.themae.fr



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Don’t neglect your hair on chilly days. Instead reach for ESPA’s Pink Hair & Scalp Mud, an oldie but a goodie full of clay and apricot kernel oil. Smear it in, put a towel down to protect your pillow, and snore the night away while it oozes condition into locks that are soft and silky by next morning. Great for dry and weak hair. www.espaskincare.com




Hands too need a bit of help, and you could turn to the vegan, paraben-free people at SpaRitual better known for their nail polishes. Their Handprint Hand Serum is 72 per cent organic and 100 per cent gorgeous, full of Swiss apple stem cells for anti-aging and protection. Good for all skin types. www.sparitual.com



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While I’m sadly solo this holiday, I’d be well happy to have a sig oth with whom to use Vitaman’s massage oil and soy candle. Products as a romantic home experience – what could be better? www.vitaman.com.au



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