The Kits are All Right
Ever try to buy just one skincare product at a beauty counter? It’s nearly impossible. Treatment products work in conjunction with each other and it’s very hard to choose a new moisturizer over a new exfoliator. Thankfully, the beautymakers have come up with a solution – kits – many of which offer a combination of full sized with travel sized products, allowing you to test out a full skincare regimen. “Some kits include a product to cleanse and prepare the skin before the application of a toner or collagen enhancer,” explains Kei Horton, a Fort Lauderdale-based esthetician. “The better ones include a resurfacing agent and serum, plus a day or night gel or cream.” Generally, kits offer a good-for-your-pocketbook price proposition, encouraging you to actually get the entire regimen. Our compilation of skincare kits below will give you an idea of what’s available at your favorite department store or online retailer.
BEAUTY WINNER 2011
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Advanced Eye Set ($100) uses the most powerful antioxidants to noticeably minimize the appearance of lines and age spots, giving skin a firmer look. The full-sized Prevage Eye Advanced Anti-aging Serum comes with deluxe minis of Day Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer andFace Advanced Anti-aging Serum. Prevage was dubbed Best Anti-aging Serum 2011 by Self magazine.
Kate Somerville Repair the Wear Kit ($275) is an age-defying duo designed to significantly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The kit consists of Deep ‘Tissue Repair with Peptide K8, formulated to hydrate and improve texture, and Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream to instantly firm, lift and diminish crow’s feet to make you look refreshed and rejuvenated.
Estée Lauder Anti-Wrinkle Essentials ($70) includes a targeted system of repair and moisturizer formulas to give you a smoother, more lineless, years-younger look. Used faithfully, it keeps skin beautiful and healthy-looking—immediately and year after year. This limited-time collection includes Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Crème SPF 15, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex, and Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser.
Lumixyl Topical Brightening System Kit ($270) is an innovative and effective approach to skin brightening without the use of hydroquinone. This four-step system uses key ingredients that work synergistically to target hyperpigmentation without harmful side effects. Lumixyl products are powerful yet gentle on the skin. With continued use, you’ll see a difference in as little as 8 weeks. This 4-piece skin brightening set contains full size Lumixyl products to help lighten your skin. It contains Active-Prep Cleanser, Topical Brightening Crème,GlycoPeel 20 Rapid Exfoliating Lotion and MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30.
Elemis Power Resurfacing Collection ($125) is an advanced Tri-Enzyme skincare system that contains cutting-edge formulations to help reveal a renewed and radiant complexion. The kit contains: Resurfacing Facial Wash to protect, soothe and support tired skin, Resurfacing Gel Mask for a smoother, radiant complexion, Resurfacing Serum to leave your skin tone more even and luminous and Resurfacing Night Cream to protect against pollutants, while smoothing and revealing super hydrated skin.
Erno Laszio presents The Hollywood Collection ($125), a five-piece cream gift set inspired by Dr. Laszlo’s most iconic devotees, including Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly. The set includes Velvet Night Cream, Instant Eye Repair, Refresh Moisture Infusion, Intense Porcelain Veil and Morning Beauty Rescue.
Shiseido Anti-Aging Kit ($80) includes a full range of renewal essentials, including a full-size of Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum and deluxe or travel sizes of Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum, Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener Enriched, Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam and a travel-size Bio-Performance Super Restoring Cream.
ZO Skin Health Level 1: Daily Skincare Program is a regimen designed for anyone who is just beginning to see the signs of chronological or photo-aging or has no signs of aging at all. The system will help preserve and maintain a youthful complexion, stimulate natural cellular function and healthy skin activity, improve and maintain even skin stone and refine pores and help prevent future damage all the while encouraging natural hydration. The regimen includes Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser, Offects® Exfoliating Polish, Ossential® Daily Power Defense, Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30.