One of my favorite gifts to give and receive for this time of year is definitely skin care and/or beauty products because there's nothing quite like starting off the New Year looking your best.
Because I have sensitive skin that breaks out pretty easily, I have become very picky when it comes to good skincare products. This means going beyond what might be the more trendy products and looking for brands that spend a lot of time on research and development. That's one of the things that really drew me to Paula's Choice - every single one of the products has a completely educated and intelligent approach - from the problems they treat, to the ingredients, to even the packaging.
So I thought I would share some of my favorite products from Paula's Choice - both for myself and to give as gifts! Plus, read all the way to the end for a special gift from Paula's Choice and me!
I've always been a little confused about what to treat - I'm concerned with anti-aging, but I also break out. And luckily for me, this Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Essential Kit fights both wrinkles and breakouts. This kit comes with a cleanser, and exfoliant, an SPF 50 moisturizer, and a night moisturizer - 4 products that keep your oil levels regulated, shrink pores, protect you from the sun, prevent breakouts, and hydrate and fight signs of aging. To me, that's the perfect gift.
I also love their anti-aging eye cream, which contains antioxidants, peptides and skin-identical ingredients. But perhaps my favorite product of all is the Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum. Retinol is quite possibly one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients used in beauty to this date - and a side bonus? I've found that it also helps with breakouts, cell turnover (think more even skin), and even cellulite.
You can learn more about what works and what doesn't in Paula's book: The Best Skin of your Life Starts Here, which I've been pouring over and basically answers any question you could possibly have about the truth behind effective ingredients, any beauty myth, and even effective packaging (all of Paula's Choice products are packaged to maintain integrity of the ingredients used, something that is essential for effective skincare).
And while skincare might be one of my favorite indulgences, I'm a sucker for a good stocking stuffer, like the lip scrub, or the limited edition Bright & Berry Lip Collection (shown below). Every woman has different moods when it comes to lipstick, and this collection covers them all.