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As they do every year, the holidays have crept up on us once more. Next week is already Thanksgiving (how is this possible?), the time when many of us start to write up our holiday shopping lists. Make the shopping season ahead a little less stressful with some beauty gift ideas from Truth In Aging. From face masks to body scrubs to lip glosses, these lovely pampering skin care products will give that family member or friend the cherished gift of "me time."
Few beauty products say "relaxing" the way facial masks do. Their silky texture and intoxicating scents can ease away the day's stress as they're applied, and the time they remain on your skin forces even the most frantic workaholic to carve out a few peaceful minutes from their busy day. Eslor Comforting Mask ($38) is a wonderful mask for soothing and calming skin. Natural vitamin- and mineral-packed marine extracts detoxify and nourish the skin, leaving it soft and clear. Michael Todd True Organics Pearl and Silk Facial Mask ($34), with its delicate floral scent, pampers and hydrates skin with hydrolyzed silk, pearl powder and essential oils in an aloe vera gel and glycerin base. For the person who wants a mask with a little kick, there's the Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask ($78), which has a slightly grainy texture for gentle exfoliation, along with luscious all-natural ingredients that include hibiscus petals, raw blueberry extract, rose hip and grapeseed oils. Or, for the maskaholic on your list, there's the versatile Astara Mask Sampler Set ($69), which contains six of Astara's luxurious face masks to address a range of skin concerns.
Who doesn't love a good scrub? They're a fun and easy way to exfoliate skin, leaving it looking fresh and glowing. For a scrub that makes a good all-around gift, look for one that's gentle and intended for all skin types. Astara Citrus Lavender Sea Salt Scrub ($39) derives its appealing scent from natural oils such as lavender, bergamot and eucalyptus, and it's a gentle enough scrub to be used on both face and body. S.W. Basics Body Scrub ($22) uses demerara sugar and organic shredded coconut to gently exfoliate, and coconut oil to deeply moisturize. Another effective body scrub with coconut oil is Kat Burki Raw Sugar Body Scrub ($48 in the shop), which also contains sunflower, kukui and macadamia oils to round out its quadruple oil combo.
Lips balms are one item you can never have too many of. I always have one in my handbag, at my office and in my nightstand. They're the perfect cold-weather stocking stuffer, and appropriate for women of all ages. For the natural beauty on your list, S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balm Flight ($15) offers a kit of four all-natural, delectably scented lip balms that come in an adorable metal tin. Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers ($15) offer certified organic, chemical-free sun protection.This trio of lip balms includes one naturally clear and two mineral tints that hydrate and heal lips with sunflower and coconut oils and vitamin E. For a little more shine and color, there's Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss Kit ($36), with four hydrating antioxidant glosses that offer sheer, shimmery color, and Michael Todd True Organics Tinted Lip Protector Trio ($16 in the shop), which subtly plumps lips with peppermint oil while giving a dash of color.
A rich body lotion is always a welcome treat, especially as the winter weather settles in for a long stay. Try pairing one along with a scrub for a pampering duo! The Organic Pharmacy Body Lotion ($79) has a lightweight yet nourishing formula with shea butter, jojoba and aloe, plus an intoxicating fragrance from Persian Rose extract. For an exotic touch, there's Red Flower Italian Blood Orange Softening Hand Lotion ($18), which transforms dry skin with grapeseed oil and apricot oil and transports you overseas with its sweet and spicy citrus scent. For that someone whose skin needs a little extra TLC, Kat Burki Body Butter ($62) is a luxurious whipped cream that combines organic herbs and healing plants to soothe and hydrate dryness.
For the lady who loves to pamper her tresses, Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($26 in the shop) is a welcome treat. This nutrient-packed deep conditioning mask contains avocado, sweet almond and argan oils, keratin protein and vitamins B5, D, A, E and biotin to make hair healthy, shiny and lustrous. For a manicure-loving friend, Nature's Beauty Bee Kiwi Hand and Nail Repair Cream ($19.50) makes a cute little stocking stuffer. Manuka honey, harakeke, shea butter, ginseng and vitamin E banishes dry cuticles and leaves hands silky and ready to show off. Finally, for that hard-to-shop-for friend, a Truth In Aging gift card is your no-fail solution.