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9 Editor-Tested Skin Products to Enhance Your Holiday Glow

Whether it’s for yourself or those on your list, give the gift of nourished, radiant skin.
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Winter is particularly tough on skin, so the holidays are the perfect time to enhance the skincare routines of anyone on your list (including yourself), no matter skin type or goals. Check out these editor-tested options that help support a head-to-toe glow.

Ogee Seeds of Youth Serum ($120)

This newly reformulated serum from this ultra-clean beauty brand features power-packed ingredients that instantly hydrate, boost radiance, and firm skin’s appearance. The formula is comprised of a targeted blend of edelweiss flower plant stem cells and is now infused with Ogee’s proprietary blend of highly active, low molecular weight hyaluronic acid. Utilizing naturally occurring hyaluronic acid as the serum's base allows for a gentle yet power-packed application, suitable for all skin types. Aloe leaf gel works to bond moisture within the skin and help form a barrier to lock in hydration while organic jojoba oil ensures a balance of moisture over time.

House of Grō TOUCH Hydrating Body Serum ($165)

Tap into the extraordinary benefits of the rare chaga and tremella mushrooms with this serum that works to deeply nourish, smooth, and hydrate skin. Plus, the roller applicator promotes circulation and the movement of chi energy. It can be used in place of daily body lotion to experience an irresistible, all-day glow.

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Ideal for those who want to treat aging, yet sensitive, skin, this new collection of products from this dermatologist-founded brand renews vibrancy while soothing the skin. Day Preventive Treatment ($118) slow the signs of aging by shielding skin from environmental stressors like UV radiation, blue light, and pollution by using powerful new antioxidants and vitamins B, C, and E. Yet, unlike most vitamin C serums, the formulation is well tolerated, even by sensitive skin. Meanwhile, Night Repair Treatment ($98) reverses sun damage and builds collagen with a proprietary formulation of acids, antioxidants, and bakuchiol. It offers prescription-like results without the irritation because, unlike retinol products, the formulation is well tolerated, even by sensitive skin.

Esse Sensitive Skin Trial/Travel Set ($117)

Esse Skincare, a probiotic brand with a large footprint in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, is now available in the U.S. An exceptional way to test out this high-tech line that uses biotechnology to mimic evolutionary forces in the skin microbiome is to sample this handy travel set. Ideal for sensitive skin and made with formulations that improve barrier function to calm and heal reactive skins, this kit comes complete with 30-day samples of Sensitive Cleanser, Sensitive Mist, Protect Oil, and Hydro Moisturiser. The range is certified organic to European COSMOS standards and is carbon neutral, plastic neutral, and vegan.

YA-MAN Medi Lift Collection (starting at $40)

YA-MAN Medi Lift Collection (starting at $40)

Perfect for those on your list who love high-tech skincare solutions, the Medi Lift brand from YA-MAN is a superb choice. Medi Lift Needle Lift First Essence ($40) is a penetration enhancer that maximizes absorption and delivery of active ingredients. It is designed to resurface, soften, hydrate, and plump the skin. Medi Lift Needle Lift Serum ($60)is an advanced formula for eyes and lips containing the highest amount of the micro-spicules within the line. Medi Lift Needle Lift Cream Deep Moist ($60) is an intense moisture face cream that contains Golden Needle Complex micro-spicules containing 24K gold colloid, five botanical extracts, plus two newly added active ingredients to help hydrate, plump, tighten, firm, and protect the skin.

LUMENE Nordic-C Triple Glow Radiance Elixir ($49.99)

A luminous solution for dull winter skin, this vegan vitamin C face serum is clinically tested to boost radiance, intensely hydrate, and protect skin’s youthful appearance. It is infused with vitamin C, antioxidant-rich wild Arctic cloudberry, hydrating hyaluronic acid, pure Arctic spring water, and encapsulated ferulic acid.

Virginskin Daily Glow Active Hydrator (starting at $35)

Just in time for winter, when skin craves the utmost care, dermatologist-backed brand Virginskin Beauty has launched a re-engineered and improved version of its sought-after skincare cream. Formulated to nourish, calm, and hydrate, and gentle enough to soothe irritated areas, it can be used as an everyday facial or night cream, alone or together, with your existing products, absorbing effortlessly into the skin and acting as a primer under foundation or in place of makeup. By combining the original formula’s fusion of Provençal botanicals with potent, clinically proven actives, it revitalizes and strengthens skin barrier health and reveals exceptionally healthy and iridescent skin.

Vieve's Leaves Facial Fusion Moisturizer ($45)

This botanically infused ultra-hydrating essential was created by Chicago native Genevieve Dolan and originally designed to combat the harsh winds and dryness of brutal Midwestern winters. Packed with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe, and rosehip oil, the moisturizer not only provides deep hydration but also reduces redness and irritation caused by cold weather. Its unique formulation, featuring peptides, soothing aloe, and chamomile, caters to a wide range of skin concerns, including cystic acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Its versatility allows it to be used as a standalone regimen for sensitive skin or seamlessly integrated into existing routines as a powerful booster.

Marigold Salve Radiant Face Oil ($46)

Made with organic and unrefined oils, this nutrient-dense multitasking face oil hydrates, restores skin’s balance, and empowers cell regeneration. It is formulated with seven intentionally chosen ingredients, including organic, unrefined, cold-pressed oils of cucumber seed, rose hip, jojoba, watermelon seed, raspberry seed, prickly pear seed, and sea buckthorn seed, to nourish skin with each application. Its lightweight formula will absorb quickly and leave skin looking dewy and radiant.

About The Author
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Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures, ForbesTraveler.com, E! Online, Gayot.com, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.