Christmas gift guide 2022: The best skincare, self-care and wellness kits for travel


No matter how extraordinary the traveler’s destination or experience, packing strategically for travel is rarely easy. So why not help the jet-eating women you know simplify the tedious task by giving them the gift of beauty and wellness with these 12 TSA-friendly kits?

Macrene activates the experience set, $275

Supported by New York dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades, this luxurious and clean brand prefers the natural aging process over cosmetic procedures. Each item in the lineup has been rigorously tested to demonstrate measurable skin improvement and retain its potency for up to six months after opening. Plus, many of the ingredients come from Alexiades’ family organic farm in upstate New York.

Dr. Koo Private Practice Detox Duo, $234

Although dr. Michele Koo is an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon with 28 years of experience, she still believes that the best way to maintain a healthy complexion is with the right products. And this duo is a great place to start. The Hyaluronic Hydration Myst bathes skin in lightweight and restorative moisture, while the vitamin-rich Anti-Oxidant Vitamin Serum addresses a range of common concerns from dark spots to sagging.

Tête-À-Tête Better Together Holiday Set, $218

Started by the mother-daughter team of Dr. Sharon Hirschowitz, a highly respected cytopathologist, and Kira Bahat, an attorney equally passionate about skincare ingredients, Tête-À-Tête has a simple goal: to provide safe and uncomplicated skincare that works on women of all ages and backgrounds. And this seasonal set includes the full lineup in TSA-friendly sizes: Active C HydraSerum, HydraRepair Rich Cream, and PhytoPeel Resurfacing Mask + PhytoTrilogy Booster.

Manucurist Paris Green Flash Large Starter Set, $160

Gel manicures are popular because they can last for weeks and require less time than standard manicures. The disadvantage? They contribute to weak nails and contain a lot of icky ingredients. To remedy that, Parisian Gaëlle Lebrat-Personnaz started Manucurist, the world’s first LED nail polish brand. Launched in time for the holidays, this bundle has everything you need to treat yourself to a glossy, chip-free manicure at home.

Noble Panacea The Brilliant Eye Awakening Program, $149

From scanning digital screens to conveying emotions, eyes are constantly at work. But because the skin around them is more fragile than other body parts, they also show signs of aging more quickly. So let this deluxe set from Nobel Prize winner Sir Fraser Stoddart’s pioneering brand come to the rescue. It contains everything you need to rejuvenate even the most tired blinders: 30 individual doses of The Brilliant Eye Infusion, a dose opener and a soft silk mask.

Rituel de Fille Thorn Potions The Complete Collection, $124

Enchanting to behold with their striking crimson hue, Rituel de Fille’s Thorn Potions transform your daily regimen into a magical self-care ritual. Melt away dirt and makeup with the Crunchy Jelly Oil Cleansing Balm, then spritz liberally on the soothing Hydrating Skin Mist. As a final step, apply a few drops of Priming Facial Elixir, which doubles as a long-lasting makeup primer.

Alpha-H Icon Set, $109.95

Whether you want to experiment with the renowned Australian brand’s core offerings, including the award-winning liquid exfoliant Alpha Gold, or stock up on portable sizes for your next trip, this set is bundled in a stylish case designed by Konstantina, an aboriginal artist, and includes all bases. Even better? A portion of sales of this limited edition kit will be donated to the Aboriginal Literacy Fund.

EltaMD Bestsellers Trial Pack, $96

No ifs and buts: sun protection is a must every day of the year, even if it’s cold or cloudy outside. And this set from the sunscreen brand known for its lightweight and fast-absorbing formulas contains the basics for healthy skin no matter the season. In it you will find a Foaming Facial Cleanser, Therapy Moisturizer, UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 and UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50.

Shani Darden Skin Care The Ultimate Glow Kit, $88

Los Angeles-based esthetician Shani Darden routinely works her magic on some of the world’s hottest faces, including Chrissy Teigen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. So to get a glowing, on-camera complexion like her clients without an appointment, turn to this trio of Darden’s best-selling signature Retinol Reform®, Lactic Acid, and Intensive Eye Renewal Cream.

Repêchage Biolight Starter Collection, $84

Exclusive from Repêchage, one of the first beauty brands to harness the skin-repairing power of marine ingredients, Laminaria Complex combines two types of seaweed with proven brightening agents such as Willow Bark, Gotu Kola and Licorice. Basically, this travel-friendly box contains all the essentials, from cleanser to night cream, to give dull skin a radiant, lit-from-within glow.

Laki Naturals Cocktail Bath Soaks, $29.99

How can you make bathing even more relaxing and enjoyable? With a cocktail of course. Infused with Hawaiian sea salt, coconut oil and the irresistibly fruity scents of classic libations, this fun set of six bath salts helps ease away the stress of the day while leaving skin beautifully soft and hydrated.