Figuring out the right routine for your skin is all about trial and error—which is why a skincare gift set is a great way to get started.
Not only do you get more bang for your buck than if you were to purchase everything individually, but you also get the opportunity to try brands and products that you might not normally splurge on at a higher price point.
Plus, if you stick with moisturizing and brightening kits (and avoid anything specifically targeting acne or wrinkles!), it can also make an ideal gift for the beauty lover on your shopping list.
Here are this year’s best skincare gift sets to give or get. (And if you need even more ideas, you can browse all our gift guides over here!)
The Best Skincare Gift Sets of 2021
Dr. Barbara Sturm The SturmGlow Kit
Dr. Barbara Sturm The SturmGlow Kit is the best way to discover this (normally über-expensive) skincare line at a fraction of the cost. Suitable for all skin types, the set includes an enzyme-based cleanser, a hyaluronic acid serum, a lightweight moisturizer and illuminating drops (which you can wear alone or mix with cream).
Shani Darden Age-Defying Retinol Set
Shani Darden Age-Defying Retinol Set is the creation of facialist Shani Darden, whose cult-favourite retinol serum I’m always recommending. For the price of a full-sized bottle, which is included in this kit, you also get travel sizes of her new cleansing serum and oil-free moisturizer. (Just be aware that the latter is silicone-based.)
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Magic Kit
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Magic Kit includes a full-sized bottle of the brand’s new toner-essence, which exfoliates and brightens with my favourite type of BHA: betaine salicylate. You also get two minis: a clay mask to clean pores without over-drying, and niacinamide drops for an instant dewy finish and brighter skin over time.
Augustinus Bader The Icons with The Cream
Augustinus Bader The Icons with The Cream is a duo of full-sized hydrators from one of the most sought-after luxury skincare brands. The face cream delivers lightweight moisture to normal to oily skin, and also contains a proprietary anti-aging complex to stimulate cell repair. The body cream is much richer, and is also proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.
Tata Harper Mix & Mask Set
Tata Harper Mix & Mask Set is perfect for multi-masking, with four all-natural face masks to target an array of skin concerns. The cult classic resurfacing mask (reviewed here) is full-sized, and great for rough skin and dullness. You also get a clarifying mask for blemishes, a purifying mask to deep-clean pores, and a hydrating mask for dry skin.
Summer Fridays Skincare Regimen Set
Summer Fridays Skincare Regimen Set contains a mini skincare regimen in three steps. The face mask is full-sized, and wakes up dull, dehydrated skin with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. (It can also double as a moisturizer.) You also get a mini gel cleanser and an AHA exfoliating toner.
Drunk Elephant Face Value Skin Kit
Drunk Elephant Face Value Skin Kit is all about brightening and protecting your skin with one of the best vitamin C serums on the market. Recently reformulated, you now mix it fresh before use—guaranteeing a longer shelf life and maximum results. It’s full-sized; you also get a mini eye cream, hydrating serum and moisturizer.
The Ordinary The Bright Set
Kinship Skin Win Duo
Kinship Skin Win Duo gives you two cleanly-formulated products for all skin types, and both are full-sized. The mineral sunscreen is a fan favourite, with a lightweight feel and non-whitening finish. You also get a creamy, enzyme-infused face wash for soft, clean skin without stripping.
Farmacy Clean Greens Duo
Farmacy Clean Greens Duo is all about fresh, clean skin in two steps. This pair of products is aimed at normal to oily skin, and helps to gently exfoliate and reduce shine. Start with the non-stripping cleanser, and then sweep away impurities with the BHA toner.
Herbivore Moment to Reflect Kit
Herbivore Moment to Reflect Kit is a duo of lightweight natural face serums for all skin types. One is for hydrating, and creates plump, bouncy skin with Tremella mushroom (which binds moisture like hyaluronic acid). The other softens fine lines with zero irritation, thanks to bakuchiol (an alternative to retinol).
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Merry Smooth & Bright
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Merry Smooth & Bright stars a hands-free LED light therapy mask that firms, reduces wrinkles, fades discolourations and clears breakouts. For the price of the device alone, you also two full-sized retinol serums (one for face, one for eyes) and five peels.
Biossance Unstoppable Glow Set
Biossance Unstoppable Glow Set promises to plump, hydrate and brighten your skin, thanks to three squalane-based products. They include a full-size moisturizer with with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, a mini lactic acid exfoliating serum, and a mini vitamin C-infused squalane oil.
Versed Deck the Shelves Best of Versed Gift Set
Versed Deck the Shelves Best of Versed Gift Set has five of the brand’s most beloved products, which address concerns like dryness, breakouts and fine lines. There’s a full-sized retinol serum, and mini sizes of the brightening toner, gel-cream moisturizer, clarifying serum and cleansing balm.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Solution Set
Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Solution Set gives you a trio of treatments for more radiant and even-toned skin. They comprise a full-sized bottle of the brand’s cult classic milky serum, and travel sizes of the gentle essence and night cream. All contain brightening ingredients like niacinamide, glycolic acid and grapevine sap.
REN Clean Skincare All is Bright
REN Clean Skincare All is Bright is all about brightening with two full-sized products. The toner combines lactic acid (an AHA) with willow bark extract (a BHA) to both exfoliate and deep-clean pores—yet it’s gentle enough to use daily. Follow up with the 94% natural night cream to work on dark spots while you sleep.
First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Fortune
First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Fortune predicts a fresh start in your skin’s future. Start with the cream cleanser (reviewed here), followed by the exfoliating pads and hydrating serum. Then, seal in hydration with your choice of two moisturizers (one for dryness, one for anti-aging). Everything is fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin.
Peace Out Skin Champ Power Players
Peace Out Skin Champ Power Players is a pair of targeted treatments for anyone battling dark circles, fine lines and breakouts. The glide-on eye stick contains retinol and peptides to firm and brighten, while the set of 10 acne dots treats spots with 0.5% salicylic acid.
Keys Soulcare Skin + Soul Starter Set
Keys Soulcare Skin + Soul Starter Set is an introduction to Alicia Keys’ new clean skincare line, developed in partnership with a board-certified dermatologist. Wash your face with the mild foaming cleanser, and then buff off dead skin with the powder exfoliator. Finish with the balancing face mask or nourishing moisturizer.
Glossier The Skincare Edit
Glossier The Skincare Edit is back again this year by popular demand. It’s the best way to try the brand’s six bestselling products in miniature sizes, along with a bonus pink headband. You get the OG milky cleanser, a hyaluronic acid serum, a rich moisturizer, a dewy oil-serum and two lip balms.
Verso Super Serum Series
Verso Super Serum Series is a pair of next-generation retinoid serums to target signs of aging. One is for the face, and the other is for the eyes, and both contain retinyl retinoate—a stable form of vitamin A that is said to be eight times more effective than retinol.
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serum Set
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serum Set improves and strengthens your skin with three expertly formulated serums. There’s one to repair the skin barrier, one to soothe and moisturize (with 10% niacinamide), and one to decrease pore size for a smoother complexion. They’re all free of silicones, fragrance, essential oils and microcidal preservatives.
Indie Lee Discovery Kit
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