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I've got to keep this low-key because I know she comes here a lot.

[[Choosing a skincare present for Christmas]]

Hi all,

I've got to keep this low-key because I know she comes here a lot.

But basically I'm visiting my long distance GF for Christmas, and we're coming up to being together a year now.

She loves the Asian Beauty scene but rarely gets the high-end products.

So I'm planning on getting her something nice in that area, but I have no clue about skincare so I'm coming here as an ignorant boyfriend and asking for your suggestions.

If you need any more info just ask.

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Ouro_Boros
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Hey!! You could go with the Sk-ll facial treatment essence. I don't know how much you wanna put on the gift but this essence is about 200$ haha. People RAVE about it and it's a really really good one in my opinion. Pretty sure you can find it at sephora :)
Btw its actually so nice of you to do this! Wish my boyfriend did the same hahaha

Hope i help you :)

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That looks great. I'll genuinely consider this one! And thanks, haha.

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Honestly, while I appreciate the sentiment and that you want to do something nice for your gf, I would be not super happy if someone picked out semi expensive skincare for me and it turned out to be something I couldn't use/didn't like or need. You might be better off giving her a "gift card" for a certain amount that you're willing to pay for what she wants and where she wants it from. Maybe you guys could sit down together online or go out to the shops together if there's something near her while you're visiting and pick stuff out.

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Hm! Age (approximate to 5-10 years) and skin type (dry, normal, acne, dehydrated?) would help! Also whether she likes things that smell or stays away from fragrances like the plague, and whether she's ok with animal ingredients (collagen, snail mucin etc.). Depending on whether she's similar to me or not, I may be able to recommend some pricey but lovely stuff that's definitely not in the budget range.

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Hi, so I got more info. She has dry skin, no acne, sometimes dehydrated skin, mild rosacea. But the main thing is her skin is very sensitive. She doesn't really like fragrances. She doesn't mind animal ingredients. Thanks in advance!

Age: 22 Skin Type: Can be dry sometimes, mostly normal but has low-level rosacea. But really not that much. And has occasional hormonal acne, but very low-level once again. Fragrance: She likes things that smell nice, she's not averse to it. Animal Ingredients: She's fine with it, also I remember she has used snailbee, I don't know what that means but it might help.

That sounds entirely unproblematic in terms of buying gifts for - depending on your budget, you could go for Sulwhasoo skin care (it's a fairly high-end brand that makes pretty amazing things that agree with most skin types). They also have a limited edition serum bottle of their popular First Care Activating Serum EX, and cushion compact out which might be nice (latter if she uses cushions, former in other case). Links [here](https://www.sulwhasoo.com/int/en/products/skin_care/first_care_activating_serum.html) and [here](https://www.sulwhasoo.com/int/en/products/skin_care/first-care-activating-serum-ex11-fss-2018.html). Hope that helps! ​ ​

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While there are fancy, expensive brands like Sulwhasoo (perhaps most famous for their ginseng eye cream), in the AB world, more expensive doesn't translate to more effective often at all.

If you can provide her ingredient sensitivities (e.g. fatty alcohols, silicones, ferments, hyaluronic acid), I can give you some common products that people here cite as all time favorites. It'd be helpful if you had a product type that you were looking to buy too. Her skincare concerns would be good to know as well, of course.

This thread series is a great starting point for you though!

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Gotcha. Thank you! Will get back to you with this.

Hi! So she is sensitive to silicone, and that's it. And some more info from the post above: She has dry skin, no acne, sometimes dehydrated skin, mild rosacea. But the main thing is her skin is very sensitive. She doesn't really like fragrances. She doesn't mind animal ingredients. ​ Looking forward to hearing from you. :) ​

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