2017 Beauty Awards: Face

Good skin is as important as your makeup trial. Perfect your skin care routine with our must-haves.
by Katie Livanos

Best Acne Fighter

Our choice for best acne fighter is the Effaclar Duo Dual Action acne treatment
photo by Effaclar

Worried about breakouts? Apply this bacteria-banishing, zit-zapping acne fighter regularly on the days leading up to your wedding for guaranteed clear skin. 

Editor's Note: "When I applied this before bed, my blemishes were visibly less inflamed by the morning." — Shelley Brown, Beauty & Fashion Editor 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action acne treatment, $37, Laroche-Posay.US


Best Cleanser/Exfoliator

Our pick for best cleanser/exfoliant is the ExfoliKate Cleanser daily foaming wash
photo by Kate Somerville

Fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids gently slough the skin’s surface to fight flakes and clean out clogged pores.

Editor's Note: "I love the way this cleanser forms a foam lather, but is not drying to skin afterward."  —Jessica Molinari, Social Editor

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser daily foaming wash, $38, KateSomerville.com


Best Eye Cream

Our choice for best eye cream is the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal eye cream
photo by La Prairie

Stay out a little too late after the rehearsal dinner? You’ll still look like you got your beauty sleep after applying this dark-circle-reducing and hydrating eye cream. 

Editor's Note: "It's pricey, but a little goes a long, long way. It feels silky and weightless when I dab it on at night, and my eyes feel completely moisturized and de-puffed in the morning."  —Ivy Jacobson, Planning Editor

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal eye cream, $250, LaPrairie.com


Budget Pick: Best Moisturizer

Our choice for best moisturizer on a budget is the Lait-Crème Concentré
photo by Embryolisse

Just about every pro makeup artist stashes this simple but seriously effective shea-butter-and-aloe-based cream in their kit because of its ability to provide intense hydration for all skin types. 

Editor's Note: "For someone who has combination skin that gets especially dry in the winter, this was a godsend. Not only is it affordable, but it's quick to absorb, and a little goes a long way. It's great for hands too." — Ivy Jacobson, Planning Editor 

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $16, EmbryolisseUSA.com


Best Serum

Top pick for the best serum is the Good Genes All-in-One lactic acid treatment
photo by Sunday Riley

Rather than manually exfoliating your face with a scrub, this serum contains a high potency of lactic acid that instantly retexturizes dull, dead cells, brightens dark spots and plumps up fine lines. 

Editor's Note: "I like that it doesn't feel like I'm putting anything heavy on my face, but it still feels clean and moisturized afterward." —Katie Kortebein, Assistant Research Editor 

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One lactic acid treatment, $105, Sephora.com 


Best Mask

The Knot top pick for face mask is the Gravitymud firming treatment in Sonic Blue
photo by GlamGlow

As fun to apply as it is effective, this bright-blue, mud-based mask slowly dries into a solid sheet of shimmery chrome. After peeling it off, you instantly feel the lifting and smoothing effects of the Icelandic kelp, glacial clay and hyaluronic acid-based formula.

Editor's Note: "I tend to have very dry, flakey skin (especially in the winter) and this firming mask didn't dry me out at all—and it felt smooth for days afterward. It's also just so cool looking! You get to paint it on and the more it dries, the more metallic it gets."—Liz Smith, Project Manager, The Studio @ XO

GlamGlow Gravitymud firming treatment in Sonic Blue, $69, Sephora.com 

Readers' Choice: Best Sunscreen

The Knot top pick for sunscreen is the Clear Face liquid lotion sunscreen
photo by Neutrogena

You’re not immune to burns or other forms of sun damage on your wedding day (or your honeymoon, for that matter). A lightweight, oil-free formula absorbs quickly without leaving behind a chalky residue, clogging pores or irritating sensitive skin.

Neutrogena Clear Face liquid lotion sunscreen, $12, Neutrogena.com

Check out more of The Knot 2017 Beauty Awards winners here

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