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Top beauty gifts that will wow the skincare junkies in your life this holiday season

In the final stretch of 2020, what better way to pamper your loved ones (or yourself, of course) than with the gift of a well-deserved home spa treatment? 

From limited edition bundles of best-selling products to extravagant new skincare saviours; sustainable heroes to handy at-home spa gadgets, these picks are sure to impress any skincare junkie.


Hailing from a bucolic English countryside estate in Hampshire, Wildsmith Skin’s seasonal duo pairs two of its most high performing products. The copper peptide serum and copper peptide cream both feature that self-same ingredient that helps to activate cell metabolism, boosting each cell’s ability to produce collagen and elastin, as well as works to reduce the breakdown of hyaluronic acid in the skin, making sure it stays firm and supple. Encased in elegant, fully compostable mycelium packaging, this kit is a well-valued gift for any green-minded skincare lover.

HK$1,480 from Joyce Beauty

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This limited edition set from Fresh Beauty is worth HK$1,042 of product — featuring its four best-loved masks in 30ml sizes — ideal for throwing in an overnight bag for a self-pampering staycation. Start with the Sugar face polish to exfoliate and refine skin texture, followed by the soothing rose face mask or the anti-oxidising black tea instant perfecting mask, and slip on the black tea firming overnight mask to wake up looking radiant as ever.

HK$750 from Fresh Beauty eShop

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Looking for a spa-grade way to spoil loved ones this holiday? Check out the Eve Lom Begin and End set, which packs the British facialist signature products in one fabulous gilded box. The famed cleanser — used with the 100 percent cotton muslin cloth — removes impurities and makeup while also being proven to hydrate skin up to 12 hours after use. The moisture cream is likened to a miracle worker, thanks to PrimalHyal Ultrafiller, billed as the next-gen hyaluronic acid that plumps fine lines, hydrates and firms with a ‘flash filler’ effect. Other botanical extracts also work to rid the skin of pollution and oxidative damage, while protecting it up to 72 hours at a time.

HK$1,480 from Eve Lom eShop

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Forget gold, frankincense and myrrh, this is the only precious trio you’ll need this holiday. Packing Dr. Augustinus Bader’s industry-leading stem cell research and proprietary TFC8 ingredient into a trifecta of signature products — the rich cream, the cream and the body cream — this indulgent gift will ensure any skincare geek will get the hydration and repair they need from head to toe. Valued at HK$7,089, this trio comes with a complimentary deluxe kit with two miniatures each of The Cream 7ml and The Rich Cream 7ml, encased in a limited-edition pouch.

HK$4,950 from Augustinus Bader eShop

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If this year’s spate of beauty salon closures has messed up your HIFU schedule, fear not. This at-home gadget helps you achieve that coveted snatched jawline and smoothened fine lines in the comfort of your own home; utilising high intensity focused ultrasound to stimulate collagen production in the deep layers of the skin.

HK$12,799 HK$9,980 from Thea Home Beauty

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As the great Albert Einstein once said, “time is an illusion.” If the speed (and relative slowness) of 2020 is any indication, time indeed can feel suspended. Need more proof? This truly opulent gift from La Prairie’s latest collection — a re-imagination of the Platinum Rare line — works to reduce signs of ageing before other creams to follow. A few drops is all you need for skin to feel restored, smooth and tightened, with a gentle hint of shimmer that adds an ethereal glow whether under makeup or without.

HK$10,820 from La Prairie

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Hands up if you’re one to lug all your precious skincare with you even for a weekend staycation. This handy Drunk Elephant trunk is sure to please any skincare hoarder: the Shiseido umbrella brand has collaborated with Monos to create this limited edition cabin-ready wheelie, pre-packed with 10 full sized Drunk Elephant products such as the Beste No. 9 cleanser, B-Hydra and C-Firma serums, and of course, cult-favourite T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial — perfect to mix with virgin marula oil to achieve that baby’s bum softness and healthy glow. There are also a handful of sample packets and travel sets so you can try the entire range during your mini getaway.

HK$3,515 from Sephora

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With hemp CBD taking Hong Kong by storm in recent months, skincare junkies will no doubt want to cash in on the ingredient’s numerous skin benefits. Of a bevvy of options, look to Californian brand Prima for that all-in-one cure: 300mg of broad spectrum hemp CBD is blended with prickly pear, avocado, kuki and moringa oils to create a liquid rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals. This nighttime oil is an absolute treat for the skin, revealing a healthy, dewy and intensely hydrated complexion in the morning.

HK$690 from Lane Crawford

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IronMan has his suit; beauty addicts will want to have their Angela Caglia LED mask, which is also backed by K-drama royalty Lee Min-ho. If you’ve been intrigued by the celebrity facialist’s array of rose quartz rollers, beaded stone masks or guasha tools launched in Hong Kong last year, this new secret weapon uses 1,026 light emitting diodes to increase the skin’s production of collagen and elastin — targeting fine lines, uneven skin tone, and helping to lift and firm every part of your troubled mug. Strap it on nightly for its nine-minute ‘Fast Mode’ treatment — snap a few Reels for the ‘gram of course — and emerge looking radiant as ever.

HK$16,600 from Lane Crawford

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This lustrous holiday exclusive bundle features Shiseido’s esteemed Future Solution anti-ageing line, with eight products worth HK$7,360 that will pamper and plump up every inch of your complexion. Gently cleanse with the extra rich cleansing foam; even out textured skin with the balancing softener E; firm up the jawline with the contour serum; all before hydrating the skin for day or evening. There’s also one small and large of the concentrated balancing softener, and two each of the eye and lip contour cream E, to boot — super handy for your weekend escapes.

HK$3,870 from Shiseido boutiques and counters

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With skin ravaged by a fast-paced lifestyle — even worse with what everyone’s been through this year — Chanel’s lavish night serum is skincare truly worth looking forward to before hitting the haystack. Tapping into the nighttime repairing functions of the skin, this wondrous serum uses fermented Vanilla planifolia, neroli elixirs as well as peptides to help you feign that solid eight hours’ rest each night, while offering a fast-absorbing freshness perfectly balanced with the ample nourishment we need during the drier winter months.

HK$5,150 from Chanel Beauty eShop

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Known for its bestselling serums and its Optimiser Voyage Tri-light gadget, this new Strength Set bundles the brand’s LED technology with a serum-infused eye cream. Like a costume piece that wouldn’t look out of place in ‘Tron,’ the Optimizer Voyage Tri-light for Bright Eyes pairs the benefits of red, orange and yellow light with a vitamin-packed cream to reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles of the most fatigued of peepers.

HK$1,530 from Sephora

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Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.