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 to do with 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.
The Best Skincare Gift Sets of 2021
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Winter Kit
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Winter Kit is a seven-part routine to nourish and protect your skin from the harsh winter weather. The products include an enzyme-based exfoliating cleanser, a balancing toner, a hyaluronic acid serum, a calming serum, a rich face cream, a face mask and a lip balm. I invested in a similar set of minis last year, and it's been the best way to discover this brand (which has countless celebrity fans!).
Herbivore Cloud Nine 5-Piece Favorites Collection
Herbivore Cloud Nine 5-Piece Favorites Collection is an all-natural, head-to-toe routine for glowing skin. You get the brand's newly launched cream-gel cleanser, an AHA-BHA brightening serum, an enzyme-based exfoliating mask (reviewed here), and a moisturizing face oil. For your body, buff away dryness with the coconut and rose body scrub (reviewed here).
Drunk Elephant The Trunk 4.0
Drunk Elephant The Trunk 4.0 gives you 10 of the brand's bestselling products—all full-sized—plus eight samples, in a sleek Monos carry-on suitcase. (That's right, a suitcase!) There's everything you need for a full facial routine, including a cleanser, two acid treatments, vitamin C serum, hydrating serum, moisturizer, eye cream, face oil, sunscreen and retinol. I did a full review of this brand here.
Augustinus Bader The Tandem Set
Augustinus Bader The Tandem Set is a duo of full-sized hydrators from one of the most luxurious (yet cleanly formulated) skincare brands. The cult-favourite 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.
Kinship Nice 2 Treat U 3-Piece Glow-To Skincare Set
Kinship Nice 2 Treat U 3-Piece Glow-To Skincare Set gives you three full-sized products from one of the most exciting new clean skincare brands. You get a creamy, hydrating cleanser, a gel-cream moisturizer, and a pore-clearing mud mask. Everything in the range is made with a probiotic complex to support a healthy skin barrier.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Set
Caudalie Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Set features three treatments for dull skin and dark spots. They include the brand's cult classic milky serum (reviewed here), an oil-free gel moisturizer, and an exfoliating night cream—each containing brightening ingredients like niacinamide, glycolic acid and grapevine sap.
Versed The Big Chill Winter Unwind Gift Set
Versed The Big Chill Winter Unwind Gift Set rescues your skin from seasonal stress with three products. It's got a clarifying serum that uses niacinamide, zinc and willow bark to combat congestion (I'm currently using it and it's so good!). Massage it in with the globe tool, which you can pop in the freezer for a cooling sensation. Complete your self-care moment with the de-puffing eye mask.
First Aid Beauty FabLantis
First Aid Beauty FabLantis is a five-piece set for keeping skin bright, fresh and dewy. Start with the creamy cleanser (reviewed here), followed by the gentle alpha-hydroxy acid pads (reviewed here). Then, seal in moisture with the serum, moisturizer and lip balm.
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.
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Discovery Kit
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Discovery Kit promises a "glass skin" result—that means poreless, smooth, translucent and illuminated—from four products. There's a gentle gel cleanser, plus an essence, serum and cream spiked with niacinamide to target dullness and dark spots.
REN Clean Skincare Face and Body Glow Duo
REN Clean Skincare Face and Body Glow Duo has two full-sized products to boost your skin's radiance and soften its texture, from head to toe. The face mask is a 10-minute exfoliation treatment using gentle fruit acids and lactic acid. You also get one of my favourite body products, a lightweight body serum that exfoliates with AHAs while it hydrates your skin. (It's perfect for dry winter legs!)
Indie Lee Discovery Kit
Indie Lee Discovery Kit is an introduction to the most popular products from this natural beauty brand. They include a mild gel cleanser, a hydrating toner mist and a bottle of pure squalane oil, all of which can be used on any skin type. See my in-depth review of all the products here.
The Ordinary The Daily Set
The Ordinary The Daily Set delivers effective hydration at an affordable price. It features a cream cleanser, a hyaluronic acid serum, and a non-greasy moisturizer that replenishes the skin's naturally-occurring amino acids. See my complete review of this brand here.
Dr. Dennis Gross All is Bright FaceWare Pro Set
Dr. Dennis Gross All is Bright FaceWare Pro Set is all about rejuvenating your skin with a hands-free LED light therapy mask that firms, reduces wrinkles, fades discolourations and clears breakouts. Plus you get two full-sized products (retinol face and eye serums) and five peels for the price of the device alone.
iS Clinical New Year Skin Clear
iS Clinical New Year Skin Clear is a four-piece set from the clinical brand that celebrities swear by. You're getting a full-sized bottle of the gentle but effective gel cleanser, plus three mini serums. One is for signs of aging (with vitamins A, C and E); one is for brightening and clarifying (with sugarcane, bilberry, arbutin and willow bark); and one is for hydrating and soothing (with hyaluronic acid and Centella Asiatica extract).
Summer Fridays The Hydration Set
Summer Fridays The Hydration Set contains three essentials to keep your skin hydrated and glowy, all year-round. I'm a big fan of the brightening serum, which features both niacinamide and vitamin C. You also get a creamy, moisturizing face mask and a buttery leave-on lip mask.
BeautyBio The Complete GLO Set
BeautyBio The Complete GLO Set gives you everything you need to get started with microneedling at home. The kit includes the needling tool itself—which stimulates the skin with red light and microcurrent as you roll—along with five different attachment heads for targeting the face, eyes, body and lips.
Farmacy Farmer’s Market Kit
Farmacy Farmer's Market Kit is a four-piece set of the brand's bestselling "farm-to-skin" products. Start with the cleansing balm, which effortlessly dissolves makeup, and then spread on the warming, honey-based moisturizing mask. After rinsing, apply the vitamin C brightening serum before finishing off with the new oil-free gel moisturizer.
The Original MakeUp Eraser 7-Day MakeUp Eraser Set
The Original MakeUp Eraser 7-Day MakeUp Eraser Set is a collection of seven re-useable cloths that magically remove makeup—even waterproof makeup—with just warm water. They're made from a patented polyester that acts like a suction for dirt, oil and pigment. Best of all, you can toss them in the washing machine when you're done. Bonus: They come with a makeup bag and cute headband.
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.
EltaMD Bestsellers Set
EltaMD Bestsellers Set is a simple three-step routine for sensitive and acne-prone skin. Start with the pH-balanced foaming cleanser, which gently exfoliates with pineapple enzymes. Next, apply the oil-free moisturizer, and finish with the cult-favourite non-whitening sunscreen.
Dr Roebuck’s Pack Up & Glow Discovery Kit
Dr Roebuck's Pack Up & Glow Discovery Kit gives you three bestselling products with ultra-clean and minimal ingredients lists. You get an exfoliating scrub mask, a nourishing moisturizer (reviewed here), and a hydrating face mist (reviewed here). I swear by just about everything from this brand!
Peace Out The Everything Kit
Peace Out The Everything Kit gives you one of everything the brand makes, so you can treat every possible skin concern. You get five boxes of targeted skin patches, including ones for clearing acne, fading dark spots, brightening dullness, minimizing pores and shrinking puffy eyes. There's also a salicylic acid-based acne serum, a sequin cosmetics pouch and a face mask.
HoliFrog HoliDAY Duet
HoliFrog HoliDAY Duet is a pair of cleansers for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. The milky cleanser has a lotion texture and is non-foaming, so it's ultra-gentle. The other is a dry powder cleanser that you activate with water—this creates a mild physical and chemical exfoliation while you wash off dirt and debris.
Biossance Your Clean Routine Overachievers
Biossance Your Clean Routine Overachievers promises to reveal brighter, younger-looking skin, thanks to five mini squalane-based products. They include a squalane oil infused with a vitamin C derivative and rose extract, a lactic acid overnight serum, and a hydrating eye cream. Plus you get two moisturizers, one a lightweight gel and the other more nourishing with healing ceramides.
Glossier The Super Pack
Glossier The Super Pack has all three of the brand's serums to target the most common skin concerns. There's one for hydration (with 2% hyaluronic acid complex); one for brightening (with 5% vitamin C derivative); and one for clarity (with 5% niacinamide).
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