The Best in Holiday 2012 Gift Finds is an ongoing series until December that celebrates the practical to the extravagant, the unusual to the commonly needed items of everyday life.
From food, wine and spirits to beauty, clothing and even home goods and appliances, we have been trying and testing and ultimately weeding out the good stuff you should consider for giving this holiday season. Take us shopping with you.
We have previously reviewed the brilliant skin cleanser Clarisonic, designed by the same genius who gave us Sonicare toothbrushes, the perfect toothbrush that still tops that category as best in show.
Clarisonic Mia 2 is a better packaging of the same powerful cleansing motor that whirs away dead skin and refines the complexion to an even and perfectly prepped surface, where advanced skin serums can be best absorbed.
This is a universal product for both men and women, and now is much more travel friendly.
My skin looks easily 20 years younger than my chronological age, thanks in great part to a devotion to not sunning, DNA luck and my obsessive use of good skincare. The Clarisonic cleansing system has elevated this prevention game and keeps my face even in texture, and me feeling extremely confident in less foundation than I have ever worn in my life.
The Mia 2 replaces the original Clarisonic Plus as a lighter weight, more compact upgrade that occupies room in a travel case and boasts a superior charging interface (magnetic) that requires less fuss in keeping clean. The original sat upright in a matching color plastic stand that tended to collect grime quickly at the base.
The cleanser of choice for me is featured in a new skincare line - La Contessa Skincare's Foaming Glycolic Cleanser - an effective and gentle foam worth your while as it cuts through everything. For men and women, as it is packaged in a time saving pump and the glycolic helps to refine the look of your epidermis and brighten skin.
The primary benefits of this device are clarity and textural improvement of your face and neck, as dead akin is evenly obliterated, and your new skin cells are able to absorb the benefits of skin saving serums and sun protective moisture that keep the epidermis looking young and healthy.
Skin is our largest organ, and it reflects our internal physiological and mental health too. Skin needs constant maintenance (if you are new to this), and those who tend to it, like exercising to keep trim and vital, reap the benefits. Ignore it or abuse with sun, lifestyle missteps and apathy and you will look older than you should
Bottom line: A thoughtful, useful gift for anyone in the family.