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The 17 Best Beauty Gifts for Valentine’s Day, From Fine Perfume to Soothing Bath Products

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Gifting beauty products is a tricky game, and the result can go one of two ways. Either you hit it out of the park, or your big swing turns into a big miss. That’s because many people have a particular regimen they stick to, ranging from the hair and skin brands to which they remain loyal (since it can be a gamble to switch away from the products that consistently deliver a good hair day or clear skin). Plus, things like makeup and nails are a matter of one’s own taste; it’s best not to guess which color palette or shade your giftee needs, and instead trust that they’ve got themselves covered in that department. How, then, can you ensure that the beauty gift is a guaranteed win, then? Here are a few tips, followed by our picks for the best products to gift for a special occasion.

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Gifting Tips for Beauty Products

The most important, overarching advice we can offer is to avoid anything too personal, too passive-aggressive, and too lazy. This usually boils down to the individual and your relationship to them, however.

Nothing too personal: On the one hand, you do want to give them a gift that feels thoughtful and personal, but again, things like nail/lip/blush colors and hair care products might be received poorly if it’s not exactly the product that they are already using. One exception could be if you find a perfect color match of a brand they’re using and it’s something elevated above what they’re already using. “I saw that you use lots of muted red lipsticks, so I got you a few from (this top-shelf

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Beauty Sleep: The Toll Poor Sleep Takes on Your Appearance and Health

When you think about all the things that affect your skin, sleep isn’t usually the first thing to come to mind. You may have heard that quality sleep is essential for our overall well-being, but did you know that it’s also a big factor that impacts our appearance? However, it’s not always easy for us to get those recommended 7 to 9 hours of beauty sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders.

So, what does poor sleep do to your appearance and health? Here’s what we know.

Read more: Fall Asleep Faster by Doing This Thing Right Before Bed

The science behind beauty sleep

You might have heard the term “beauty sleep” before. Turns out, it’s real and may be the closest thing to the fountain of youth you can get. When you sleep, your body enters recovery mode and each stage of sleep is crucial to skin recovery.

During varying stages of sleep, the body produces multiple hormones including human growth hormone, melatonin and cortisol. These hormones play critical roles in recovery including repairing skin from daily damage, keeping our skin looking youthful and protecting your skin from free radicals that can cause damage to cells.

When sleeping, every hour counts. If you’re having trouble getting the recommended hours of sleep, check out our guide on how to get better sleep.

How sleep deprivation affects your appearance

A 2017 study found that lack of sleep has the potential to negatively affect your facial appearance and may decrease others’ willingness to socialize with the sleep-deprived person. Here’s how not getting enough shut-eye affects your appearance.

Skin: Let’s start with the basics. Lack of sleep affects your appearance by making you look

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