Santa Claus might be associated with the red and green, but we’ve got a lot of other rainbow-hued goodness to give you – hence we’ve made a handy skincare gift guide. Maybe you’ve been craving a chance to bring Skingredients into the lives of your nearest and dearest, and Christmas is the ideal time – or maybe the hint has been dropped, and you’ve followed the trail of breadcrumbs which have led you – well, here.
If you’re thinking Skingredients might be the ideal place to nab a gift or two, but you don’t know where to start, then fear not. We know just the picks for the hoomans in need of a skincare gift guide.
Where To Start With Skincare Gifts
It might seem like it would be impossible to pick a starting point when it comes to skincare products, but we’ve made it verrry easy. We’ve distilled skincare down to basics, so you never need to flounder in the skincare aisles again.
The Core 4
This is the quintessential foursome. Move over Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even Mean Girls (despite the fact that this is definitely their season). The Core 4 is formulated to provide the full dinner plate for your face – i.e. everything your skin needs to look healthy, plump and hydrated.
This is what everyone should be using – except pregnant hoomans, who should replace Skin Protein while they’re growing their mini-hooman.
The Core 4 is the basis of a skincare routine in and of itself. It consists of Skingredients PreProbiotic Cleanse cleanser, Skingredients Skin Veg pre-serum , Skingredient Skin Protein vitamin A-rich serum, and Skin Shield SPF 50 PA+++ as your broad-spectrum SPF.
Together, these products work to help address your specific skin concerns, protect it from the environment and UV, assist in increasing collagen production for anti-ageing, hydration of the skin and brightening!
Skingredients PreProbiotic Cleanser is a gentle cleanser, suitable for using whenever you need it, and ideal for even sensitive skin! It’s got both prebiotics and probiotics in it, so even though it’s not what we would usually class as an active or treatment cleanser, it’s still giving good stuff back to your skin, and helping you to maintain a healthy skin biome.
Skingredients Skin Veg is a hydrating pre-serum, containing hyaluronic acid for hydration plus botanical extracts like broccoli, liquorice, cucumber and radish, providing antioxidant protection.
It also contains Pro-Coll-One, which is a patented peptide that helps to stimulate the production of collagen. It’s ideal for diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin Protein is your vitamin A, C and E serum, and contains retinyl palmitate, which helps to speed up skin renewal and aid the skin in regulating itself. It also contains antioxidants, which help to protect your skin from free radical damage, as well as containing Pro-Coll-One.
Skin Protein helps to restore and re-educate your skin in general, but it’s the vitamin A inside that means it is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Nonetheless, pregnant hoomans can keep it sealed until they’re ready to use it!
Skin Shield SPF50 PA+++ is the final step in your day-time Skingredients routine. It’s a lightweight, broad spectrum mineral SPF, containing niacinamide, which is a form of vitamin B3 – a powerful antioxidant, and is helpful in improving skin texture.
It prevents photo flashback, forms a perfect, dewy base for makeup if you want to wear any, and has a light peach tint to avoid that dreaded post-SPF pallor. Unlike many other SPFs, it also protects your skin from pollution, HEV light (the potentially damaging light emitted from screens) and infrared.
If you want to spoil someone special, you can get the Skingredients Core 4 Bundle exclusively from our website (and theskinnerd.com) and save €11. In our humble opinion, no skincare gift guide is complete without them.
The Mix + Match Range
The Mix + Match range is the way to customise your Skingredients routine to target your (sk)individual concerns.
The Core 4 provides you with the basis, the protein, veg, vits, antioxidants and fats on your skin’s dinner plate. Mix + Match are what makes it your own, the seasoning and condiments, if you will.
When it comes to gifting, you need to think a bit harder about the Mix + Match product:
Sally Cleanse contains 2% salicylic acid; the highest percentage available in an EU cosmetic product. Salicylic acid is ideal for tackling congestion and excess oil in oilier hoomans. It works to dissolve the dead skin plugs which might otherwise block pores and lead to breakouts. Sally Cleanse is for the hoomans who know they’re tackling oil and spots, we wouldn’t recommend gifting it to someone on a whim!
Skin Good Fats is a fat-filled night cream, particularly great for dry, dehydrated, flaky, irritated or mature skin. It’s both a night cream and a moisturiser, so it’s perfect for those who love a luxurious, thicker cream product.
It has ceramide NP, a skin-native lipid, to feed the skin’s protective barrier, plus other fats to moisturise the upper layers of the skin. A great one for parents-in-law, mammies, daddies, grannies, aunties, uncles… It’s kind of the gift for everyone.
Skincare Gift Guide – Our Pairing Ideas
Some Skingredients just GO together – like a hand in a glove. If you’re looking for a combo gift other than the Core 4 bundle, then some of these might be ideal for you.
Sally Cleanse and Skin Good Fats
These two are a great combo – cleanse or micro-mask with Sally Cleanse for a thorough exfoliation and follow with Skin Good Fats after you’ve applied your serum in order to alleviate any tightness, and keep your skin barrier in great condition!
Skin Good Fats is ideal for skin tending towards dryness and if you’re more congestion-prone, we recommend using a thinner layer. For those with more red, annoyed breakouts, we’d suggest against using it.
The Cleanse Off Mitt
The Cleanse Off Mitt is the 00 in the Skingredients range, and is a pretty ideal gift as a stocking filler! It works delightfully when gifted alone, but also works particularly well accompanying the Skingredients cleansers to their new homes.
It’s made of a unique blend of microfibre, and can remove dirt, oil, makeup and old SPF with only warm water and the COM. It’s ideal as a precleanser, and also to clear away every last trace of product when you’re double cleansing! Ideal as a stocking filler and falling very, very nicely into the category of ‘just a few bits’.
Skin Shield SPF50 PA+++ and Skin Protein
We need to wear SPF all day, every day, but we particularly need to be diligent when we’re applying vitamin A topically to our skin (or exfoliating acids, for that matter, like in Sally).
Skin Protein contains retinyl palmitate, which is a very effective skin antioxidant. Skingredients Skin Shield SPF50 PA+++ is the perfect way to ensure that this newly repaired and rejuvenated skin is properly protected.
The Cleanse off Mitt and PreProbiotic Cleanse/Sally Cleanse
COMs love Cleansers, and the feeling is entirely mutual. They’re a dream team – a match made in heaven, and super handy for making sure that you are cleansing completely correcting. Combining the COM with any of the Skingredients cleansers would make a great gift.
PreProbiotic + COM would be ideal for the sensitive hoomans, while Sally Cleanse and a COM is ideal for the more congestion prone, oilier folks on the block.
Still unsure how to gift Skingredients? Well, we’ll give it this – it’s never meet a hooman it didn’t love.
Get your online orders in on skingredients.com before the 19th of December, if you’re in Ireland, the UK or the EU, but you can pick it up from our stockists nationwide either.