The Perfect Holiday Gift for Anyone on Your List!

Modified: December 07, 2021 | Story by Samantha Scott | Photos by Bedrock Detroit and Justin Milhouse

Winter is undoubtedly here and so are the holidays. We all know what that means, it’s time for traveling to see the family, conquer the shopping lists and all the snow-based activities you can imagine. From the dry air in the airports to grandparents blasting the heater, the cold season definitely does a number on the skin. We get so caught up in scheduling visits, booking tickets and packing bags, we forget to prioritize our skin (and self) care.


So, while you’re traveling and shopping during the holiday season, take care of yours and pick up one of these products during your visit to Detroit or as a great self-care holiday gift for anyone on your list.



First, some tips for good skin care in the winter:

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! – In truth, exfoliating is important year-round. However, in the winter, it’s vital to get rid of the old skin and make way for the new to ensure moisture beyond the surface.

Slather it on – Summer lotion vs. winter lotion is a thing! Cold temperatures and low humidity levels means dry air pulls moisture away from the skin. You certainly need a thicker consistency with natural ingredients, help keep the skin hydrated for a longer period of time.

Drink up – Water is the key to life and contributes to smooth and healthy skin. Hydrate on the inside and the outside.

YES! You still need to use SPF – Don’t skip this step! Especially as you travel throughout the season, it’s just as necessary in the cold times as it is in the warmer ones. The sun always has an effect on the skin no matter what time of year it is.



Here’s five of our favorite local skin care brands and retailers:


Bath Savvy Naturals

1419 Woodward Ave., Downtown Detroit

This mother and daughter(s) owned skin care line began as a creative hobby in 2000 and has since grown to be featured in seven locations throughout Southeast Michigan. Founder and mom, Jan Reaves, originally made small batches of soaps for friends and family while also learning the amazing benefits of active natural ingredients and pure essential oils that help to nurture and soften the skin.

We love their ‘White Tea Ginger Oil Cream’ which combines a lotion and balm to provide that extra layer of moisture for your skin to survive the cold weather. Grab one of their premium products while doing some holiday shopping at DOSE Collective Detroit.



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Eve Organics Beauty
23337 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Want to protect your skin and the environment? This plant based, women owned and eco-friendly brand, is your one stop shop for any skin maintenance routines. All of their core line cleansers, toners and moisturizers are even packaged in eco-friendly glass. Their products contain zero parabens, mineral oil, petroleum or synthetic fragrances. Find a variety of options from chemical free sunscreen to salt scrubs, face moisturizer to body butter and more.

We can’t get enough of their gift sets which are perfect for the holidays and fits just right in your travel luggage. Choose from seven set options catering to specific skin types or create your own while shopping in-store.



Ilera Apothecary
5203 Loraine St., Detroit

Founded in 2015 and made specifically to alleviate dry skin due to aging, eczema and the environment, Ilera Apothecary is here to save you from your dehydrated skin woes. This line of skin care serves multiple needs like the elimination of scars, prevention of stretch marks and sealing in moisture into any skin type.

Owner, Chinonye Akunne, was very intentional when creating and designing the line. Her complementary system approach aims to solve skin problems instead of offering a temporary solution. Intentional is the key word when you think of the brand since they are thoughtful about piece of their product, top to bottom and are active community supporters, both locally and globally.

After a day in the elements and exploring Detroit, we can’t go to sleep without using their ‘Revitalizing Night Oil’ to repair any damage from the cold environment and to wake up with that morning glow. While you’re strolling through stores like Detroit is the New Black, don’t walk out the door without your Ilera Apothecary products.



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ArtiSun Bath and Skin Care
41370 W. Ten Mile Rd., Novi

ArtiSun Bath and Skin Care came to life in 2008 when creator, Sue Finley, was horrified by the harsh chemicals that she found in countless in baby products. Determined to use high-quality products that had natural and cruelty free ingredients, she began her journey with creating a lavender soap.

Fast forward to today, the brand has grown to feature hair care products, soaps by the slices, candles and more. We’re obsessed with their winter collection and specialty ‘Mancave’ options which include rich pomades and a shave soap that leaves the skin hydrated and the beard soft.



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Preva Hair & Body
The Markets at Cadillac Square – 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Detroit native, Scott Boateng, Preva’s Founder and CEO, was on a mission for change and opportunity in 2014 when he launched one of the most sought-after skin care lines in Southeast Michigan. From organic soaps to essential oils and their legendary body butters, look no further for the products you need to combat the winter skin blues anywhere you go.

Preva specializes in handmade whipped shea butter products, to service your skin and hair from head to toe. Scott takes pride in using only the best, organic shea butter to deliver a hydrating experience that lasts all day.

Grab some time on the ice at the Rink at Campus Martius, then make your way to Preva, at the Markets at Cadillac Square, for one of their CBD Shea Body Butters to soothe the skin and muscles after ice skating. Don’t forget about the kids and check out their brand-new line made exclusively for the little ones!



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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Detroit is the New Black
    1430 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
  2. 2
    Bedrock Detroit - Hospitality
    630 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
  3. 3
    Campus Martius Park
    800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
  4. 4
    DOSE Detroit
    1419 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  5. 5
    Bath Savvy Naturals
    1419 Woodward Ave, Downtown Detroit, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  6. 6
    Eve Organics Beauty
    23337 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA
  7. 7
    Ilera Apothecary
    5203 Loraine St, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
  8. 8
    ArtiSun Bath and Skin Care
    41370 West 10 Mile Road, Novi, MI, USA
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    Preva Hair & Body
    Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI, USA