We’re less than a week to Christmas (It’s finally here!) and the annual gift-hunting is in full swing! As we always say, healthy happy skin is never not in… So if you like making your Christmas wishlist with greater hopes for the New Year in mind (Like me!), keeping glowing skin might have come out tops. For that reason, festive skincare sets are always a great idea. We want them all. So ahead of Christmas, here are seven of our favourite festive skincare sets to ring in the New Year with brilliant skin for days!
1. The Only Essentials You Need: Glowing Essential Kit, S$99.90
What’s good: Featuring Glowfully Skin’s cult favourite Charcoal Beads Cleanser and their rising newbie, the Hydrating Mist Toner (which just launched this year), this festive set is a power couple! Kickstart your routine with the superbly gentle Charcoal Beads Cleanser that will draw out impurities for a good detox, while keeping your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. We’ve also gone on a fair bit about Glowfully Skin’s Hydrating Mist Toner (Which is still my go-to!). This skin-saving toner-mist is packed with Hyaluronic Acids, Vitamins and Plant Extracts to instantly rehydrate and restore. Its convenience and versatility is also a major plus. Layer the toner-mist in-between skincare steps for maximum hydration, or use it on-the-go! We think this kit makes a great gift for anyone new to the skincare game, or for skincare minimalists.
2. The Expert Treatment At Home: Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Glow Be Merry, S$146
What’s good: An all-in-one kit for a polished and gleaming visage! The set assembles some of Dr. Dennis Gross’s best including the patented 2-step Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel, Vitamin C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Serum and Vitamin C + Collagen Deep Cream. This expert kit will probably delight an experienced chemical exfoliating junkie. The Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel is a heavier-duty version of the original, featuring a stronger dose of seven Acids, Antioxidants and Vitamins to accelerate cell turnover, while targeting visible signs of aging.
Then seal in all the goodness with the Brighten + Firm Serum and Deep Cream (with a unique complex of CoQ10, Carnitine and Niacinamide) for visibly more even, supple and healthy skin. We consider this a master kit. Not quite for the skincare beginner; but a guaranteed treat for the ingredient-obsessed, formula-conscious skincare connoisseur.
3. For Some Skincare Magic: Charlotte’s Magic Skin Duo, S$155
What’s good: Every Christmas we count on Charlotte to indulge us with some of the season’s most lavish beauty bundles. This one is a glorious pairing. The Magic Skin Duo comes with Charlotte Tilbury’s beloved Magic Cream and her new Magic Serum Crystal Elixir. Charlotte’s Magic Cream needs no introduction. This holy grail is loaded with complexion-boosting, glow-inducing ingredients including Vitamin E and C, Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip Oil and Shea Butter. The Magic Serum Crystal Elixir is another gem that is as universal as it is high-performing. Developed with concentrated 20% skincare ingredients (Plant Adaptogen extracts, Niacinamide), the Magic Serum Crystal Elixir alleviates common skincare concerns like dull, dry and uneven skin for visibly lucent results. Talk about skin spells!
4. Shine Brighter Than Christmas Lights: Caudalie Vinoperfect “The Cult Anti-Dark Spot Routine” Skincare Set, S$100
What’s good: A radiance ritual featuring the finest brightening elixirs from Caudalie! This impressive trio promises visible results in one night. Start-off with Caudalie’s best-selling Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, a potent treatment supercharged with Viniferine to alleviate dark spots and lacklustre skin. Then for an intense overnight fix, the Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Glycolic Night Cream smooths and revives your skin while you snooze. Caudalie’s iconic Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Moisturiser completes the set; this high-performing hydrator is formulated with Viniferine and Niacinamide to combat dark spots, while delivering an instant lit-from-within brilliance. If you’re gift shopping for a friend struggling with hyper-pigmentation woes, this is a sure forerunner!
5. Ultimate Top-To-Toe Care: Two L(I)PS Prebiotic Set, S$375
What’s good: Prebiotics are one of the trendiest skincare buzzwords and the Two L(I)PS Prebiotic Set presents a full suite of that goodness. This limited edition bundle features a complete top-to-toe routine! Beginning with Rinse (Gentle Prebiotic Cleanser), Scrubs (Konjac Jelly Scrub), Juice (Prebiotic Balm), Sleepover (Overnight Repair Mask) and Screen (Pore Refining Sunscreen). Designed to feed your skin’s unique microbiome, the range is formulated with a proprietary Prebiotic Complex that keeps good bacteria thriving. The results? Think enhanced skin barrier function and optimal skin equilibrium, for maximum skin health.
If you’re a sucker for pH-balanced skincare, the entire range features a pH of 4 to 6 and is suitable for your face… Right down to your vulva. In fact, the whole Two L(I)PS Prebiotic Set comes in a bigger-than-usual size… Exactly so you can drench yourself in prebiotic goodness. This one-stop set enough will be a treat for those who love easy routines and/or enjoy grooming their bushes. Like everything else from Two L(I)PS, the Prebiotic range is specially formulated for use after IPL, laser, waxing and Vajuvenation!
6. A Cutting-Edge Facial On-The-Go: Skin Inc Holiday Spirit Rejoice, S$59
What’s good: This petite travel-friendly set is an advanced facial in your pocket. The innovative 3-step facial features Skin Inc’s cult-favourite essentials. Eliminate dead surface skin for a renewed visage with the Pure Revival Peel, a non-abrasive but powerful exfoliator (that also acts as a pre-makeup prep for baby-smooth skin). The Skin Inc Vitamin B3+ Niacinamide Serum serves as a deeply nourishing and reparative second step, with its cutting-edge encapsulation technology and blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol as well as Niacinamide. Finally, lock everything in with Skin Inc’s best-selling daily treatment. The Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask is a revolutionary sleep-in/rinse-off wonder that moisturises, detoxifies and illuminates with nutrient-packed Okinawa Deepsea Water, Soya Bean Extracts and Hyaluronic Acid. All the good stuff! This handy set will take perpetually hustling skincare enthusiasts places and their skin to new heights.
7. To Win The Entire Damn Gift Exchange: Drunk Elephant The Trunk 4.0, S$620
What’s good: Before you jump at the price tag, we’re talking about THE HULK of festive skincare sets! No seriously, this set is such a chock-full that it comes in a whole suitcase. The Trunk 4.0 has everything you could possibly want and need from Drunk Elephant, featuring an entire party of the brand’s best-selling skincare in full size (all TEN of them). From must-have staples like the Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen SPF 30… To a full wardrobe of Drunk Elephant’s cult-favourite serums and creams for every skin need, all year round.
Dehydrated skin? Pop on the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum and F-Balm™ Electrolyte Waterfacial Hydrating Mask. Or switch up your routine with a power couple by pairing the C-Firma™ Day Serum and the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum. When work mounts mid-year, pull out the A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream and Protini™ Polypeptide Cream for a vitality boost! We can’t help feeling this set will cover all your skincare bases for 2021 and is probably — hands down — the ultimate holiday skincare set to gift this year. Save this for someone special, or the biggest Drunk Elephant fan you know. The luggage trunk itself is an exclusive collaboration between Drunk Elephant and luggage brand Monos*, in a nifty carry-on size perfect for staycays!
*Monos’ carry-on suitcases typically retail for around USD294 (S$390~), which makes the Drunk Elephant The Trunk 4.0 quite a steal!
I might be guilty of gift-shopping for festive skincare sets, then going home with one for myself… But it’s the best time of the year! We’ve been rolling out a stream of Christmas content, including our favourite 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. Stay up-to-date with us for more merry treats and ideas!