Skin Care Tips and Trends

Give the Gift of Glowing Skin with These Beauty Staples

Give your loved ones the priceless gift of better skin. These beauty products are gentle, yet effective, meaning that they are suitable for all skin types. Whether it’s a to-die-for tonic, oh-so-glowy cream, or the best beauty gift set, who wouldn’t appreciate something that’s going to even skin tone and amp up their glow?

The To-die-for Tonic

REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

An elixir that’s gentle enough to use daily, yet potent enough to exfoliate and brighten? Yes, please! This tonic is packed with lactic acid and willow bark extract to smooth, tone, and reduce pore size, as well as azelaic acid to even out skin tone for the perfect glow. Ideal for addressing everything from dullness to fine lines, this luscious liquid promise to uncover beautifully balanced radiance. Who wouldn’t want that?

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The Skin-loving Shot gloss | radiant shot

If you want to help your loved one upgrade their skincare routine with must-have ingredients – like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid – look no further. This essential serum uses an effective, non-irritating version of vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate or THD) to hydrate, illuminate, and replenish the skin in a gentle way. It will earn you some serious brownie points.

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The Squeaky Clean Cleanser

LAMELLE Luminesce Brightening Cleanse

This soap-free face wash is the perfect gift because it thoroughly yet gently cleanses the skin. It contains yarrow and lemon balm extracts which help to soothe irritated skin. It also contains mallow and peppermint which help to soften and tone simultaneously. The real stars of the show are the peptides that are trapped in the skin during cleansing, from where they stop pigment from forming, thereby preventing future damage. A pretty great Christmas present, if we do say so ourselves.

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The Creamy Cleanser

NEOSTRATA Ultra Brightening Cleanser

This miracle soap-free and paraben-free cleanser has 2 superpowers: it lightly exfoliates to prep the skin for other treatments, and a botanical complex soothes and refreshes to reveal bouncy, even skin in just 4 weeks! We like those odds – and so will your friends and family.

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The Bang-for-your-buck Cleansing Butter

ELEMIS Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter

This buttery cleanser removes every last bit of makeup and daily dirt. The product is fragrance, sulphate, and mineral oil-free and uses a unique blend of pumpkin enzymes, acerola cherry, and mango butter to brighten, nourish, and hydrate the skin. The superfood formula can be used as a daily cleanser, a deep-cleaning mask, or a hydrating makeup remover. The gift that keeps on giving.

The Oooh-so-good Facial Oil


With the help of magical ingredients like mongongo and baobab oil, this serum will reawaken the skin’s natural glow. Another secret weapon is the addition of CBD which provides moisture and adds plumpness without weighing down the skin. The ultimate gift for a glow-chaser.

The Skin-Perfecting Powder

IMAGE ILUMA intense brightening exfoliating powder

This polishing powder gently buffs away dead skin cells with the help of coconut milk powder and liquorice and green tea leaf extract to reveal luminous skin underneath. This potion is perfect for all skin types, so your BFF will love it, promise.

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The Oh-so-glowy Cream

FILORGA Oxygen-Glow Cream

This (Christmas) miracle cream contains light-diffusing spheres and pearlescent particles to give skin luminance and radiance. It’s basically an Instagram filter in a bottle. Plus, it’s pink-tinted, so everything looks and feels smooth almost as soon as you apply it. We can’t guarantee you won’t want to buy one for yourself too.

The Quenching Electrolyte Mask

ESTHEMAX Brightening Complex Mask

Infused with vitamin C from lemon extract and replenishing electrolytes, this mask’s unique formula is great for improving skin tone and condition while enhancing overall texture so that the natural beauty of the skin can shine through. Gift this mask to your friend and yourself, and then plan a night in!

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All the Lip Balms in the World

It’s easy to forget, but that lit-from-within look doesn’t stop at your lips. These hydrating lip balms contain ingredients that protect and repair the skin barrier, including shea and cocoa butter, as well as jojoba and peppermint. They also make great stocking stuffers! And let’s be real, you can never have too much lip balm.

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The Best Beauty Gift Set

IMAGE Brightening Essentials

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like beauty gift sets. This set from Image Skincare is a dream for everyone, from the beauty newbie to the person in your life who’s obsessed with all things beauty. It includes a cleanser, serum, and moisturiser all formulated to fight the signs of dull skin.

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The Insta-glow

If we’ve ever needed sparkle in our lives, it’s right now. Thanks to light-reflecting pigments, these 3 beauty products will brighten their complexion.

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Here’s to festive shimmering skin!

Yours in skin,

Dr Alek and the SkinMiles Team


About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

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