From cutting-edge ingredients and personalised elixirs to bathroom shelf staples, the competition was fierce this year in skincare, with forward-thinking brands pushing boundaries—filling the digital shelves faster than you can count. There was so much to choose from—from hardworking acids to Ayurvedic classics, earth-friendly formulas and glow-boosters—and we were happy to be spoilt for choice.
Within this buffet spread of products, however, a few clear favourites have emerged. Yes, the classics like Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum and Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser are still on top of the charts, but they’re joined at the top this year by many new names.
We’ve looked through our books and pulled out the top 10 bestselling products of 2021—a great list if you want to find validation for your own favourites, or to find new ones.
Read on to find out more about the formulas that became the champions of skincare in 2021, and honestly, they are still trending high on Nykaa.
Radiance in a bottle, the famous glow tonic flushes pores and exfoliates dead skin like no other.
These facial oils are powered with antioxidants and botanical extracts to help treat all skin concerns. Beauty must-haves, according to us!
Made to heal and moisturise parched lips, this pocket-sized berry-scented tub by the leading K-beauty brand has garnered thousands of happy customers.
This lightweight, hypoallergenic and gentle cleanser is great for all skin types. Psst: It’s a dermatologist favourite too.
The iconic brown glass bottle is the most well-known night serum, just ask any beauty enthusiast. It’s the perfect blend of probiotics, immunity-boosting ingredients and protective shields against environmental damage.
A favourite when it comes to sun protection, this classic has been on the bestselling list for years.
A serum that gave all others a run for their money, Minimalist’s Niacinamide serum changed the way we looked at this miracle ingredient.
It launched mid-year and still managed to knock its way to the top of our bestseller list, and stars one of the most trending ingredients this year: vitamin C.
A hydrating, fast absorbing and lightweight moisturiser that leaves your skin soft and fresh. It’s that simple./p>
Enriched with coffee oil, chia seed oil and vitamin B3, this under-eye cream is a great solution for puffiness and dark circles.