Beauty products are the perfect little luxuries to fill stockings with at Christmas time. This year I have picked out some of the best products for winter-worn skin and hair, to get you through the colder months feeling moisturised and healthy. On this list of seasonal essentials there is something for everyone, from cosy scented candles to revitalising haircare, nourishing lip balms and refreshing toners.
Diptyque – Pine Tree of Light Candle (£53)
Diptyque is my favourite scented candle brand so I always get excited to see their annual festive range. This Pine Tree of Light candle comes in lovely sparkling green packaging, and inside the candle has a warming fragrance of pine and fir trees. I can’t think of a gift I’d like to find more in my stocking this year!
Ouai – Volume Shampoo (£22) & Conditioner (£20)
Jen Atkin’s successful haircare brand Ouai looks super chic in the bathroom and works wonders on all hair types. The Volume range is great at this time of year, replenishing moisture whilst also adding natural volume to fine and limp hair. I find it’s great for controlling my static strands! This duo would be a stylish and useful addition to any Christmas stocking.
Glossier – Lip Balms (£10 each or 3 for £25)
The iconic American beauty brand Glossier now ships to the UK… making it the ideal time to buy for Christmas. Just £10 each, these little tubes are perfect for filling up stockings. The hydrating and long-lasting balm is multi-purpose and can be used to repair cracked and chafed skin. Available in a variety of flavours, my favourite is the ‘Birthday’ balm, inspired by Milk Bar (in NYC)’s birthday cake, it has a lovely subtle shimmer.
REN – Ready Steady Glow Daily Aha Tonic (£25) & Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum (£50)
This easy to use tonic is a quick daily miracle worker. With natural bio-active ingredients it is good for all skin types and brightens and refreshes skin instantly. Use with the Perfect Canvas serum to leave skin looking smooth and feeling strong even in the harshest weather.
Living Proof – Restore Mask Treatment (£37)
At this time of year my hair needs extra love and attention. The Living Proof Restore Mask can be used once a week with the Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, to restore hair cuticles and protect the hair from future breakages. The whole range is lovely as a Christmas present, but I always think it’s nice to fill stockings with those special products you wouldn’t indulge in yourself, and the mask treatment fits this brief perfectly.
Murad – Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (£65)
This luxurious product is a special treat for a beauty-lover’s stocking. This product has won numerous awards for its visible results, with 100% of users commenting that they “instantly saw smoother, silkier and more supple skin texture”. The weightless serum should be used morning and night and will leave your skin feeling soft and plumper throughout the winter months. For extra effect use with the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturiser.
Perricone – Intensive Overnight Moisturizer (£129)
A pot of this magic moisturiser will make anyone feel special this Christmas. I have been using Perricone skincare my whole adult life and swear by the range. This intense overnight cream is velvety rich and will ensure you wake up with firmer skin that has more elasticity and glow. Use with the Deep Crease Serum (with a vitamin F blend) to see even better results.
Another fun Perricone product for Christmas is the ‘No Makeup Mascara’ cracker gift (see above).
Davines – The Let it Go Circle (£8)
This stocking-filler sized sachet is exactly what your hair craves in the colder months. After washing and towel-drying apply the mask to your hair and leave it to work its magic for a minimum of 10 minutes, before washing out. As well as leaving the hair softer and smoother it will also moisturise and hydrate the scalp, thanks to the genius mix of grey clay and brahmi oil.
Anne Semonin – Express Radiance Ice Cubes (£50)
Ideal for party season these convenient sachet ice-cubes will refresh and brighten faded winter skin. The cubes should be stored in the freezer (for a minimum of 3 hours) before being applied onto the face. Your face will instantly look radiant before make-up application, the perfect pre-party treatment or jetlag remedy.
Malin & Goetz – Recovery Treatment Oil (£66)
The Malin & Goetz range of haircare and skincare are both fun and effective. I love the delicious-smelling haircare which is sulfate-free and great for colour-treated hair. But at this time of year the Recovery Treatment Oil is the must-have product. Ingredients include evening primrose, argan and jojoba oil, which all contribute to improving tone and moisture of the skin. I loved how quickly this oil is absorbed into the skin, leaving your face feeling softer and brighter. The Malin & Goetz products are good for all ages, a fun present for any stocking.