Picture a perfect spa day: You’re probably imagining fluffy robes, cucumbers on your eyes and lemon in your water. And yes, those little perks are great. But when we think about it, it’s really the skin rejuvenation and relaxation of the treatments that leave us with the lasting effects we love. So, we wondered if there was a way to get those spa-like results without actually going to a spa. (Because sometimes, especially during the chaos that is the holiday season, it’s just not in the cards.) Turns out there is. Behold: Beauty products that’ll help you get a glow-up and de-stress at the same time—all in the comfort of your own home. Oh, and they all make great holiday gifts too.
The 10 Best Beauty Products That Are Just as Good as Going to the Spa
1. Healthy Haircare Set
Cult-favorite haircare brand Olaplex is known for its repairing and strengthening results—so what better time of year to try it out than dry-as-a-bone winter? Grab this limited-edition quartet complete with everything you (or your bestie or mom) need to rebuild, hydrate and smooth your hair. No salon blowout or fancy treatment necessary.
2. Customizable Devices For An At-home Facial
Love facials, but don’t want to spend the time (or money) on one? Upgrade your skincare routine with these one-of-a-kind devices from FOREO Sweden. The multipurpose line has plenty of personalization options and will make you feel like you just took a trip to the spa—in six minutes or less.
Start with the LUNA 3, a two-in-one facial cleansing brush and firming massager designed to cleanse, unclog pores and remove dirt, oil and makeup residue with its gentle and ultra-hygienic bristles for more radiant-looking and improved skin texture. Bonus: Its firming side diminishes fine lines.
Then, consider the UFO 2, a supercharged home facial device with hyper-infusion technology that locks in moisture and reduces the appearance of pores for that after-spa glow. You can use it on top of any skincare product to help all the ingredients absorb better into your skin. It seriously puts a regular old sheet mask to shame.
Looking to contour and tone your face? The BEAR is the world's safest toning device that comes with a wide range of microcurrent intensities for a personalized routine. You’ll see results right away—a firm, contoured and toned face just like those fancy face gyms, but without the hassle and in less than two minutes. FOREO always has new innovations and exclusive deals, so snag these devices now for yourself and the beauty lover on your shopping list.
4. Ultra-moisturizing Lotion
After your bath should come moisturizer—especially in winter. Formulated with marula, cacay and meadfoam oils, this one from Nécessaire is super hydrating and unscented, so you won’t get that overly cloying or sweet smell. Plus, there’s no parabens, phthalates, sulfates or anything synthetic in their formula—and the packaging will look super chic on your nightstand.
5. Personal Manicure System
Give yourself an at-home mani that doesn’t chip in an hour with this popular system from Olive & June. It includes a nail clipper, nail file, nail buffer, polish remover, clean-up brush, cuticle serum, topcoat and the long-lasting polishes of your choice. They even have a special-edition winter collection featuring bold metallic shades for the season. Talk about a perfect holiday gift.
6. Exfoliating Body Scrub
Have dull, flaky or irritated skin? Try exfoliating. This Brown Sugar Body Polish from fresh will help remove dead skin cells and reveal soft, smoother and glowing skin. It’ll also give you a boost of hydration thanks to natural oils (like jojoba, primrose and sweet almond) that prevent moisture loss while nourishing.
7. De-puffing Eye Mask
No spa day is complete without a set of eye masks. (Plus, they’re way more fun to wear than boring old cucumbers.) This glam gold-foil set from Wander Beauty has three layers: The gold foil retains heat and prevents the serum from evaporating; the elastic prevents the masks from slipping; and the cellulose fiber condenses and delivers the key ingredients (hyaluronic acid and jojoba seed oil, to name a few) to brighten, hydrate and reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
8. Soothing Massage Oil
No time for an hour-long deep tissue massage (but desperately need one)? Enlist your partner or your own two hands for the at-home version. You can even incorporate some lymphatic drainage to combat bloating and fluid buildup. Use a massage oil to get the full effect, like this one from Weleda. It combines the soothing properties of arnica oil and carrier oils to help relax sore muscles. The best part? It warms on contact.
9. Luxe Lip Scrub
Don’t forget: Your lips need some exfoliating love too. This scrub not only looks fancy, it’s made with 100 percent USDA-certified organic sugar infused with jojoba, peppermint and lavender oils for a calming, cooling effect. And with anti-aging vitamin E, it’ll keep your lips looking pillowy and fine-line free. If peppermint isn’t your thing, choose the Nordic Berry or Rose Diamond scent instead. Chic.
10. A Smoothing Dry Brush
Celebs are obsessed with dry brushing, and for good reason: The Ayurvedic skincare practice is said to help unclog blocked pores and smooth the overall texture of your skin. It also stimulates blood flow, which can boost circulation and temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Try it with this brush from Joanna Vargas that has a removable brush head and is made of eco-friendly materials.