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Karyn Grossman, MD
It's gift-giving season, and you've got a few names left on your holiday shopping list -- mom, sister, best friend. Scratching your head about what to give? Pamper the ladies on your list with a holiday-worthy, head-to-toe beauty boost. Grab a gorgeous box or festive bag and fill it with these luxurious treats, hand-picked by Diane Walder, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist and clinical professor at the University of Miami in Florida.
About Face Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask, $22.50
You drink pomegranate juice for the antioxidants -- why not feed it to your skin as well? The pomegranate and ginkgo biloba extract in this mask balances combination skin, while the fruit enzymes in this weekly treatment help slough off dull cells so your skin looks radiant.
Flower Power Weleda Wild Rose Moisture Cream, $27
Want a rosy complexion? This rose-scented cream has organic rosehip oil, which is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Foot Soldier Blinc resurf.a.stic Callus, $30
File this one away: Blinc resurf.a.stic Callus boasts medical-grade crystals embedded in a moisturizing stick, so you can slough away dry skin and hydrate all in one step -- sans messy creams and scrubs.
Sole Searching Ahava Mineral Foot Cream, $19
Three products in one: Dead Sea minerals soften rough skin, camphor wakes up tired tootsies, and tea tree oil kills the bacteria that can lead to not-so-sweet-smelling feet.
Natural Selection Zoya Nail Polish, $7
If you're sick of the nasty fumes that come with a manicure, try Zoya nail polishes, which are free of such scary-sounding chemicals as toluene, formaldehyde, and phthalates and come in 300 fashion-forward colors. And you can stay on trend with four seasonal color collections.
Soft Sell Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream, $24
Vitamin E, vitamin B2, and camphor make this cream a must-have for severely dry winter skin. Moisturizing (and the exhilarating tingle of camphor) not enough for you? Walder notes that E and B2 are antioxidants that help protect the skin from sun damage.
Sweet Tart Fresh Sugar Lemon Bath & Shower Gel, $18.50
The same brown sugar that's in your world-famous apple pie is an antibacterial ingredient in Fresh Sugar Lemon Bath & Shower Gel. Comfrey extract soothes winter-irritated skin, and shea butter and glycerin add moisture and softness for a healthy glow. The fresh scent of lemon makes it a bath gel that rivals any dessert.
Honey Do Rêve de Miel Fondant Exfoliating Shower Cream by Nuxe, $31
Honey beads, peach, and orange keep your skin smooth as a baby's you-know-what. "The fruit acids help gently peel the skin away," Walder says. Fruit oils and wood oil add moisture back into the skin to keep it supple.
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Diane Walder, MD, cosmetic dermatologist; clinical professor, University of Miami, Fla.
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