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The best skincare gift sets to gift (or keep) for glowing skin this Christmas

The list of possibilities for Christmas gifting is endless, but let’s face it: Few things scream #selfcare like a good pampering session courtesy of a well curated skincare gift set. 

Not that we’d say no to one filled with haircare or makeup (stay tuned for those lists), but there’s something extra special and intimate about ending the day with a luxurious moisturiser or slapping on a face mask your loved one got you. There’s also something on this list for everyone, whether they’re trying to hydrate, brighten or bust blemishes from maskne.

If you truly want to treat your’s — or somebody else’s — skin, these fun kits make it easy to brighten up someone’s face (literally) for the coming year. Here are some of our favourite skincare gift sets this Christmas.

SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence needs little introduction; it has, after all been dubbed ‘Miracle Water’ for its ability to bring even the dullest skin back to life with the proprietary PITERA. The formulation of this cult favourite might’ve remained unchanged for 40 years, but that hasn’t stopped SKII from reimagining its iconic bottles for the festive season.

This bold iteration sees edgy street art by global artists replace its usual frosted glass version, and comes with its own matching Furoshiki — a Japanese gift-wrapping cloth — that can even be used as an accessory long after. The limited edition kit also comes with its clear lotion, gentle cleanser, and the RNA POWER Radical New Age Cream to supercharge your skin.

Price
S$289

Packed within a velvety zip-up case that’ll one day find second life as a handy travel pouch, this mask set comprises Sulwhasoo’s Overnight Vitalizing Mask and the Clarifying Mask, both of which have become synonymous with clear, radiant skin. The former is a Korean herbal medicine sleeping mask that promises to deliver rejuvenation and moisture while you sleep, while the Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask is a peel-off mask that speeds up dead skin cell turnover rates to help to clarify the skin. Both offer Sulwhasoo’s signature herbal aroma, a comforting fragrance that alleviates tension before you sleep. 

Available at all Sulwhasoo boutiques and counters, and online at Sephora.

Price
S$99

Know of someone who could use a glow up? Korean beauty and skincare startup Glow Recipe makes it easy with a kit of its two most popular products: The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask and Ultra-Fine Mist. The antioxidant-rich duo is concentrated with actual watermelon juice and flesh, as well as hyaluronic acid and AHA for hydrated, smooth skin the next morning. For a quick pick-me-up, the travel-sized mist delivers a juicy spritz of freshness while also enhancing makeup.

Price
S$52

For the hardcore skincare enthusiast, only the best will do.This handy box is filled with superstars such as the Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel, which delivers a strong dose of acids, antioxidants, and vitamins that help increase cell turnover while treating deep lines and wrinkles. The Vitamin C+Collagen Brighten + Firm Serum and Vitamin C+Collagen Deep Cream both provide serious hydration for dry, thirsty skin, all while evening out skin tone for a healthy, glowing complexion.

Price
S$146

Drunk Elephant’s got its own SOS kit just in time for the yuletide season too. This skincare set is a complete arsenal of everything you need for hydrated and dewy skin, starting from Slaai, a makeup-melting butter cleanser to A-Passioni, a vegan retinol cream for lasting hydration and younger-looking complexion. The kit also contains the brand’s Bamboo Booster Exfoliator to brighten dull skin, as well as its Protini Polypeptide Cream and B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum.

Price
S$106

If your better half ever needed a hint that it was time to upgrade his (or her) skincare habits, this would be it. Packed with five of the brand’s best-loved products like the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, and Ultra Facial Cream, this well-rounded set is a fool-proof way of getting that special someone to embark on a proper ritual from start to finish.

Price
S$108

As a symbol of closing 2020, Klaypeau has curated a selection of masks — in the form of a book, no less — to help you walk into the new year fresh-faced and hopefully, with a newfound self-care habit of regular masking. 

The Magic 8, as it calls it, is a limited edition eight-piece mask book that’s filled with its bestsellers, from the Dr Althea Natural Brightening Velvet Mask that promises glow in minutes, to the Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask that uses snail secretion and green tea water to address pores, dullness and dehydration — all the issues we can relate to now. The exclusive kit will also include S$25 worth of vouchers, available to be redeemed online before 31 July 2021.

Price
S$58.80

For those who struggle with troubled skin, this holiday special features two of its greatest heroes from the Cicapair series to soothe the skin all day. Start the day with the Calming Gel Cream — an ultra-light moisturising gel with potent Centella Asiatica Extract that soothes sensitivities and adds moisture — and relief skin fatigue at night with the Sleepair Ampoule-in Intensive Mask, a light, gel-cream formula that enhances the skin’s nightly recovery function, priming it for a brand new day ahead.

Price
S$69
Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.