NYLON’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2022: Moist

The word everyone loves to hate: moist. No matter how much it grates on our ears, we can’t deny that ‘moist’ is essentially the holy grail of skincare, as we yearn for hydrated and moisturised skin that looks smooth, plump and fresh-looking. Start with these moisture-enhancing skincare sets, that enable deep skin hydration or give dehydrated skin a much-needed boost, while ensuring that our skin barrier is well-protected and repaired too, in order to better maintain our skin’s optimal hydration levels. Onward to healthy skin!

L – R — Biossance Love, Joy + Bestsellers Skincare Set, $93 | Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Hyaluronic Magic Skin Set, $370 | Gentle Mood Holiday Soaps, $14.50 (65g) | Kew Organics Quench My Skin, Please (Hydrating) Set, $95

A healthy skin barrier is essential to retain moisture within one’s skin, and if we know anything about Biossance, they’re known for their squalene-powered skincare. This set sees the Lactic Acid Serum to renew and resurface the skin; a Vitamin C Rose Oil for brightening and firming, and the Omega Repair Cream for deep hydration; a special edition sleep mask is included too. Charlotte Tilbury’s skincare set is more of a splurge, but you’ll be getting her supercharged serum, the Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, as well as the award-winning Magic Cream and a refill capsule. The latter is especially well-loved for its 24-hour hydration and skin-plumping properties.

These hand-crafted soaps from Gentle Mood are lovely and super festive. There’s Jolly that resembles a fruit cake and smells like a fresh fir forest, and Frestive, which is inspired by the classic holiday candy cane and scented with Pine Needle and Peppermint. As for Kew Organics, we love how their clean skincare comes with an additional treatment voucher too, which entitles one to a 20-min Sugar K Hydra Oxygen Infusion Treatment at their facial salon. The set also curates their all-time favourite Clear Skin Treatment Essence and the Deluxe Hydra Nutrient Mist, while all three work in hand to strengthen the skin barrier and deliver hydration into the deeper layers of the skin. 

L – R — Skinceuticals Hydration Booster Set, $326 | Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Merry Moisture Set, $24 | Malin+Goetz Saving Face, $146 | Shiseido Holiday Hydration Set, $75

For the person who’s keen on trying Skinceuticals’ range of effective, targeted skincare, we highly recommend this Hydration Booster set of top favourites. There’s the H.A. Intensifier, a multi-beneficial corrective serum that has a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid to amplify skin hydration; the Hydrating B5 Gel that replenishes the nutrients skin needs for it to feel smooth and appear younger; and the famous C E Ferulic, which contains a combination of 15% pure vitamin C, 1% vitamin E, and 0.5% ferulic acid to improve fine lines, as well as firm and brighten skin. K-beauty fiends would love Dr.Jart+’s latest travel-friendly moisturiser set, which centres around their patented ceramide blend to deliver abundant moisture to dry skin. Here, we’re looking at the highly-concentration Ceramidin Liquid, Ceramidin Cream, and a dual moisturising mask that further enhances one’s skin barrier.

Malin+Goetz prides themselves on uncomplicated skincare based on natural ingredients, and this festive season, they’ve put together a Saving Face set that will literally save dehydrated skin. Their top three bestselling face products are included here, of the Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, and Detox Face Mask, which help combat dry skin and keep skin looking healthy and balanced. We love Shiseido’s aptly-named Holiday Hydration Set too, for its great value, as well as how it includes both their No.1 Ultimune Serum and the Eudermine Revitalizing Essence, a softening lotion that conditions skin till its soft and radiant as a flower petal, housed in vintage-style packaging. After all, the product is one of Shiseido’s oldest products, introduced in 1897, and prized in Japan for over a century.

L – R — SocietyA Hydrating Beauty Set, $246 | Kiehl’s Ultra Dreamy Skin Set, $56 | Augustinus Bader The Hydration Heroes With The Rich Cream Set, $495 | Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush 3-Piece Set, $49

SocietyA has helpfully curated a beauty set that combines three of their exclusive brands, that are perhaps lesser-known, but do wonders for the skin. Forest Rhapsody’s botanical-infused Dew Drops Hydrating Cleansing Gel in included here, along with Native Essentials’ Hydro Defence Serum for a daily dose of vital moisture. Then, end your routine with k-beauty brand Celloom’s Build Your Own Cream, an antioxidant-rich moisturiser that further helps with environmental and urban stressors too. Now, we know how Kiehl’s Calendula formulas are effective to quench dry skin, so trust us when we say we know how this will absolutely work for your skin! A deluxe-sized Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash and Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner are included here for one to try them out, while there’s also a full-sized Ultra Facial Cream in a limited edition design.

If you don’t mind the splurge, go for Augustinus Bader’s essential set that includes their cult-favourite face cream, The Rich Cream, and The Body Cream. The former is a great introduction to their skincare, powered by TFC8 and backed by over 30 years of research and innovation, which includes a fine balance of Vitamin A to improve the skin barrier, along with Vitamins C and B5 as well; as for the latter, it firms and conditions the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. In case you’re thinking why Rare Beauty’s Soft Pinch Liquid Blush is included in this list of mostly skincare items, it’s here so one can at least fake a healthy, hydrated glow. The blush deserves all its hype, and creates a dewy natural flush with a skin-like finish.

L – R — Laneige Complete Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Hydration Set, $90 | Clinique Moisture Surge Value Set, $78 | Lab Series Anti Age Max LS Cream Set, $215

The Laneige Water Bank series is always undergoing through some form of R&D so we get the k-beauty brand’s most advanced innovations, and really, you can’t go wrong with focusing on pure hydration. The latest iteration sees Blue Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient that’s been fermented with deep sea algae and a 10-step microfiltration process, allowing it to be easily absorbed into skin for deep and long-lasting hydration.

As for the Clinique Moisture Surge, it’s also a classic skincare series for those who loved hydrated skin. Get that hydration wherever you are in the world with the full-sized Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator Moisturiser, an oil-free gel cream moisturiser infused with aloe bio-ferment and hyaluronic acid for deep hydration. This is accompanied by the Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, and Moisture Surge Lip Hydro Plump Treatment. 

And while men are free to use any form of skincare they’d like, Lab Series has designed a particular set catered to their needs. This age-defying series is as no-frills as it gets, with three daily treatments powered by their Youth Renewing Technology to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and fight future signs of ageing too. It includes the Anti-Age MAX LS Cleanser, Water Lotion, and Cream.