We’ve tested the latest skincare starter kits for those looking for a beauty regimen overhaul

NINE out of ten British women are unhappy with their skin, according to new research.

For those looking to revamp their beauty regimen, a starter kit contains all the essentials. I put the last one to the test.

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Tara loved the Byoma Serum so much she bought the full size bottle

Byoma Moisturizing Starter Kit, (£14.99, cultbeauty.co.uk): There are three variations of this kit to choose from: hydrating, brightening, and clarifying, which is nice.

My skin is more congested than ever, so I opted for the latter, which contains a cleansing gel, a purifying serum and a light moisturizer to help reduce my breakouts.

The products are all gentle and haven’t left my face feeling tight or dry.

The cleanser doesn’t quite remove all of my makeup, so I use it as a second cleanser.

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The star of the show is the serum. After two weeks my skin was much less red and I had no new breakouts

I love it so much I bought the actual size.

Aurelia has been championing probiotics in beauty for decades


Aurelia has been championing probiotics in beauty for decades

Aurelia London 3 Step Starter Collection (£30, lookfantastic.com): Probiotics are at the forefront of beauty right now.

But British brand Aurelia has been championing them for decades, because a balanced microbiome (the bacteria on the surface of our skin) is key to a healthy complexion.

This kit includes a muslin cloth, because how you use a product is just as important as what’s in it. All cleansers should be removed with a washcloth to ensure no residue remains on the skin.

The products are generously sized and should last around six weeks, so you have time to see results before they run out.

The cream is slightly too thick for my combination skin. The serum is nice and silky, but it’s also heavy.

This would be a great set for slightly more mature skin and dry complexions. The cleanser, however, will suit everyone.

The Charlotte Tilbury Glowing Skin Starter Kit is more advanced than a generic intro to skincare


The Charlotte Tilbury Glowing Skin Starter Kit is more advanced than a generic intro to skincare

Charlotte Tilbury Glowing Skin Starter Kit (£79, charlottetilbury.com): This contains five products, rather than the three-step routines offered by most starter kits.

Although there are more products, they are all smaller than the others I have tried and would probably last a few weeks at most.

My roommate and my sister are die-hard Magic Cream fans, but the Magic Serum is my favorite.

The night cream that I can take or leave, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Multi Miracle Glow, which can be used as a cleanser, mask and intense balm for dry patches.

It works great, pre-fake tan, on elbows and knees, and saved my dry heels.

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The set is similar in cost to a 50ml jar of Magic Cream, so a good way to try it out and spread the expense over a few products.

More advanced than a generic introduction to skincare.

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