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ESC, Advent Calendar Day 2

Holiday gifts don't always need to be so glamorous.

Sometimes, what our closest family and pals need most is not some designer bag or luxury night cream (though it helps!), but a practical, effective product that'll help boost confidence.

Luckily, celeb makeup artist and Instagram star (@iluvsarahii) Karen Gonzalez—yes, yes of flawless complexions and on-point contours—shared her winter skin-saver—Murad's Time Release Acne Cleanser!

"This is perfect because it's creamy and cleanses my skin, removing all makeup so I don't break out," said Karen.

ESC, Advent Calendar Day 2

The cold weather has a habit of drying out skin. And if you're wearing makeup—either to hit the red carpet or the holiday party circuit—you need to hydrate your skin every time you wash. This formula contains hyaluronic acid, which is the super-ingredient that retains moisture, and salicylic acid, to actively combat acne even after you rinse.

It's the gift that keeps on giving.

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, $32

Check back every day to see one more expert-curated gift of our 24 Days of Holiday Essentials revealed!