Sweater weather. Apple picking. Football. Of all the time-honored markers of fall, retailers stocking holiday products way ahead of December can feel the most jarring. Still, year over year, beauty companies roll out gift sets pegged for the holidays as early as September. The upshot? There’s never a better time of year to try skin-care products we’ve been eyeing for ages, but always seem to fall slightly out of budget. That’s because these holiday bundles don’t just come beautifully wrapped; they pack savings of up to 50% on some of the most cult-worthy self-care products on the planet. Even better: because these holiday sets are available months ahead of actual gift-giving time, taking advantage of early access gives enough time to swing purchases for ourselves and others without going in the red. Ahead, see some of the best deals on buzzy K-beauty and clean brands, skin care from the dermatologist who’s treated Beyoncé, and beauty devices that rarely go on sale.
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Pixi Glow Tonic — which exfoliates without irritation — has the kind of cult following that makes us wonder why we’d ever spend top dollar on a treatment toner again. But ever since the brand launched four other versions following the success of the best-selling and award-winning original, we can’t help but wonder if we wouldn't love those too. Thanks to this holiday kit, we can re-up on the classic and give the vitamin C and soothing rose versions a go — all for a mere $20.
Shop: Pixi By Petra Skin Care Set Best of Tonics, $20, available at Target
Beverly Hills based dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer has treated some of the world’s most famous faces (hello, Beyoncé, J.Lo and Victoria Beckham). Thanks to his eponymous skin-care line, those of us not rich or famous enough to score an appointment with the MD can still glean the three-step method his patients use to get that Lancer glow. Score $145 in products for a more palatable $75, including his famous three-step skin care method (an exfoliant designed to be be used before cleansing, cleanser and moisturizer), along with a face oil and eye cream laced with diamond dust.
Shop: Lancer Skincare Heroes, $75, available at Sephora
For those who fantasize about a clean beauty shopping spree, this kit boasting $249 in prime picks from The Detox Market is the next best thing. Included is Kosas Sport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm (which alone costs $18), Odacité Blue Aura Cleansing Water (an Ayurvedic, no-rinse face wash that we swear by on lazy nights), and Innersense shampoo and conditioners, which swaps harsh surfactants for those made with amino acids, coconut oil, and sugar.
Shop: The Detox Market The Best of Green Beauty, $159, available at The Detox Market
When Tatcha first came on the scene, it introduced Americans to a new way of cleansing, thanks to its transformative Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (which emulsifies with water) and The Rice Polish (which lightly foams with water). Decades later, legions of devotees around the world can’t get enough of these hero products. See what all the fuss is about with this discounted set, which features both cleansers along with a full-size Dewy Skin Cream and The Essence.
Shop: Tatcha Pure Skincare Delights, $88, available at Tatcha
This affordable kit packs full-sized versions of everything we need to keep skin moisturized from the kisser down: a lip balm infused with vitamin E; an ultra-rich, little-goes-a-long-way body lotion to last us well through winter; and a therapeutic hand cream that tackles parched and cracked mitts.
Shop: Burt’s Bees Honey Pot Gift Set, $15, available at Target
Curious about trying K-beauty but hesitant to dip into skin care made with snail mucin or ingredient lists not printed in your native tongue? This trio of antioxidant-packed products from K-beauty favorite Glow Recipe taps more familiar ingredients (many found in your morning smoothie, like pineapple, blueberries, and watermelon) to counter the kind of dull and dry skin that befalls us all come winter.
Shop: Glow Recipe Damn Bright, $49, available at Sephora
Newly-launched Onekind Skincare is already geared toward saving us money: The brand not only cuts out the middleman by selling direct to consumers, but it formulates its universal skin-care products without underperforming filler ingredients and over-the-top packaging. Co-founder and sociologist Madison Ruggeiri also surveys customers to learn what they’re looking for in formulations, then makes products to fit those needs. The result: a lightweight and non-greasy Dream Cream Nighttime Moisturizer ($42) and retinol-infused Midnight Magic PM Serum ($38) that are made even more affordable when bundled together and sold in a sweet, reusable pouch.
Shop: Onekind PM Power Couple, $70, available at Onekind
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve added a Clarisonic Smart Mia Cleansing Device to cart only to get gun shy at checkout, thanks to a $169 price tag. But with this kit, we might finally pull the trigger: It packs the cleansing brush (which pairs with an app to create a unique cleansing routine made for your skin) with hero skin-care products from Mario Badescu, including its famed Enzyme Cleansing Gel and Seaweed Night Cream — all for the same price as a standalone device.
Shop: Clarisonic Mia Smart Skincare + Mario Badescu Holiday Gift Set, $169, available at Ulta
A super-powered retinol that’s somehow gentle enough for sensitive skin? A moisturizer that hydrates like an overnight mask but is ultra lightweight and non-greasy? Yep, this dermatologist-led skin-care brand is known for creating innovative formulas that defy expectations. Try its Retinol Youth Renewal Serum (the top-selling retinol product in the country), Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, along with two other fan favorites and score 40% off retail, too.
Shop: Murad AllStar Vibes, $49, available at Ulta