It is important to have a deep facial cleansing to remove oil, dirt, and makeup so our skin can breathe and look refreshed, and manual cleansing isn’t always enough. These 3 luxury skincare essentials by Clarisonic has the power to remove 30 times more age-accelerating pollutants than manual cleansing.
Mia 3 Luxury Skincare Essentials Holiday Gift Set ($199) — combines essential cleansing with anti-aging components, thanks to a Clarisonic MIA 3/Aria with Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head, as well as these products: Dr. Dennis Gross SkincareTM Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula, Amorepacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel, Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil, and Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream.
‘The Oasis Collection – Mia 2′ Ibiza Sarong Sonic Cleansing System ($159) — perfect for traveling, this set includes a vibrantly patterned Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Device, 2 sensitive brush heads, protective travel case, pLink charger, full-size refreshing gel cleanser, and a travel bag.
Mia 3 Makeup Removal Expert ($199) — this beautifully decorated set gently removes even the longest-wearing makeup, and this is perfect for the true makeup junkie. The set includes the Cashmere Brush Head to remove remove makeup and other debris, a Satin Precision Brush Head which targets smaller areas of the face, and a Gentle Hydro Cleanser.
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When shopping for holiday gifts in the beauty aisle, our mind is often far removed from thinking of real-world problems like education and educating kids to have life-changing skills.
The Body Shop has eased our lives this holiday season by doing all the thinking and partnering for social good: each year a new non-profit is the lovely recipient of the company’s largesse. Last year the giving benefited Nepalese schools, and this year the non-profit War Child, which restores each child’s right to learn (especially in war-affected areas and areas of conflict), will be at the receiving end of certain marked gifts.
Rob Williams, the CEO at War Child UK says: “In areas of conflict, getting a child back into school keeps them safe. Building their confidence, knowledge and skills opens the doors of opportunity. That’s why we have teamed up with The Body Shop this Christmas. Buy a gift, help a child. It’s so simple, but so brilliant.”
For every specially-marked gift that people buy this season, The Body Shop will donate 8 cents to fund a class for a child. Here are some of our favorite gifts from the brand this season (a War Child partnership is marked by an *). The Gift Finder on the web-site (which allows you to shop by recipient) is particularly handy:
A touch of the tropics goes a long way during a particularly cold winter. From a shower cream to a body scrub, this package brown-boxes the Caribbean in one convenient swoop. The Samoan-sourced coconut is fragrant without being cloying.
The Schoolbook of Peace ($15)
This charming gift comes in a box that resembles a book. Inside are a glazed apple body butter, shower gel, lip balm, and a heart soap. The purchase of this book will help a child in a war-torn area go to class; need a better reason than that?
This gift also helps a child in a war-torn area go child to class, and contains a Maca Root Shaving Cream, Razor Relief and a handsome shaving brush. The Maca root — which belongs to the radish family and dark colored roots have loads of iodine — is said to be beneficial to hormonal balance as well.
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There’s a reason steam is a vital part to getting a facial — it opens up pores, hydrates and clarifies the skin — but getting these services regularly at a spa can put a dent in your pocket.
Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer Solutions ($125), which serves as an at-home facial, delivering a constant flow of moisture to dehydrated skin. The machine has a calibrated glass cup that you pour water into through spigot. There are two buttons that give you control over the steaming process. It provides continuous steam for 20 minutes, and the heat does not scald your skin.
Dr. Gross advises that “Steaming skin at home is a great option to open pores and help get rid of pore-clogging surface debris. I developed the Steamer Solutions, which uses steam fusion technology to simultaneously cleanse pores, hydrate skin, and allow for more efficient exfoliation.” He recommends that you use it 1-2 times per week or as needed.
To Use:: This is an extremely uncomplicated device; it comes pretty much assembled and all you need to do is to latch the measuring cup into the steamer, make sure it is secure in its place, and then pour the water through the spigot — to the MAX level — plug the device in, and you’re good to go. The best part about the steamer is the hydration level: my skin is instantly nourished, as though I had a lovely long day luxuriating at the spa.