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These 4 Face Masks Actually Make the Best Holiday Gifts

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In 2020, I became an intense skincare obsessive, and that means I’m at the point of masking pretty much every day. Yes, really. When I finish work, I put on a sheet mask. Before I hop in the shower, I slather a mask onto my face, neck and chest. And because I’ve been masking round the clock, I’ve had a lot of time to figure out the best face masks on the market. 

If you have a beauty-loving friend that’s as obsessed with skincare as I am, these masks will blow her freaking mind. All at different price points, they are the perfect stocking stuffers or a worthwhile investment into a glowing New Year’s complexion. I’m so here for friends gifting friends beauty products, and I hope you have as much fun with each of these lil’ beauties as I regularly do. 

1. My holy grail overnight watermelon mask ($15)

This mask is my heart and soul. I started using it for the first time over summer, and it honestly had changed the way I do nighttime skincare. The reviving and de-stressing overnight mask from Bliss Spa is packed with potent watermelon fruit extract and ingredients that overhaul your skin for a refreshed complexion.

When I first apply it, my skin looks so dewy, and I swear the glow lasts a few days. This will be a game-changer for your BFF, and once she goes What a Melon, she’ll never go back. 

2. The ultimate charcoal detox for your skin ($49)

If you’re not tuned in to all the benefits of charcoal, you definitely should be. Charcoal masks are key for extracting dirt and debris from your face to clarify your complexion. Wear a charcoal mask, and the next day you’ll be new. My fave mask this year was the Love + Charcoal Masque because it’s extremely powerful, and one of the few that’s certified totally natural.

I love using a product where I can rest easy about the impact that it’s having on the environment, reducing my beauty footprint as much as possible. Too, the natural ingredients like cupuacu butter and alpine rose make this mask smell so earthy whenever you open the pot. I go heavy when I apply this one – I just can’t resist. 

3. The exfoliator that makes your face baby-smooth ($62)

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I’m a firm believer in exfoliating regularly. My skin is pretty durable, but this exfoliating and hydrating Sugar Face Polish from Fresh Beauty is actually so gentle and lovely. Fresh was one of the very first brands that ever included sugar in their products, and it absolutely revolutionized the skincare industry. The special thing about this mask is the plum seed oil and grapeseed oil that leave your face feeling so soft, you’re almost…slippery. It’s heaven in a jar, and well worth the splurge to have a face mask that’s basically a facial in a jar. 

4. The mask set that does it all ($75)

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Instead of gifting just one mask this season, why don’t you gift handful? This set by Peter Thomas Roth is perf for mask-a-holics, or just a friend that’s looking to TLC more often. It’s also a fantastic value for how many ounces of powerful goo you’re getting. Don’t sleep on this one! 

Friends will quickly fall in love with all these masks, but they’re also great intro products for the babes in your life still trying to figure out their personal regimen. My wish for you over the holidays and 2021 is the glowiest, healthiest skin you’ve ever had, and I hope these masks bring out your best no-makeup selfies. 

Gina was formerly the Beauty & Culture Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw content and strategy for the site's key verticals. She was also the person behind @HerCampusBeauty, and all those other glowy selfies you faved. She got her start in digital media as a Campus Correspondent at HC Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Theater. Now, Gina is an LA-based writer and editor, and you can regularly find her wearing a face mask in bed and scrolling through TikTok.