Best Skin Care Products of The Knot's 2019 Beauty Awards

Good skin is just as important as flawless makeup. Give your daily routine a serious upgrade with our favorite skin care products.
by Shelley Brown
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The secret to flawless bridal makeup? A flawless complexion. If there’s ever an ideal time to amp up your beauty regimen with the best skin care products out there—the months leading up to your wedding are it. That’s right, we said months. While it may be tempting to splurge on pricey creams and serums a few days before your nuptials and expect instant results, a solid routine—even with the best skin care products you can find—actually takes several weeks to take effect. (And, thanks to something called the “purging effect,” your skin may get worse before it gets better, especially if you’re using serious anti-aging ingredients like retinol or AHAs for the first time.) 

So, to avoid all of this unnecessary stress, start thinking about your pre-wedding skin care about six months out from your wedding date. If you’re struggling with acne, hyperpigmentation or wrinkles, plan to see a dermatologist to come up with a treatment plan that addresses your specific concerns. Otherwise, investing in good products and spending just a few extra minutes on your skin every day can yield amazing results.

If coming up with a comprehensive skin regimen is the last thing on your mind, don’t fret—we’ve done all the testing for you. Give your skin care routine a serious upgrade with our must-have skin care products, below

  1. Best Face Wash

    Best Face Wash

    The best face wash is also the best of both worlds: Part makeup remover, part gentle cleanser, this versatile gel leaves your face feeling spotless AF but never irritated. Use on wet skin to start your day or on dry skin to dissolve dirt and makeup. Pro tip: Washing your face at the end of the day can help you look younger for longer. Free radicals collect on your skin throughout the day and can speed up the aging process if left to do their thing.

    Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser, from $9,

  2. Best Face Toner

    Best Face Toner

    Finding the best toner for your skin type can be tricky, but this miraculous one somehow works for every skin type. And, if you keep up with beauty influencers, you’ve probably seen it on the ‘gram. Essentially a facial in a bottle, this face toner hydrates while balancing your skin’s pH for a noticeably more radiant complexion.

    Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, $28,

  3. Best Eye Cream

    Best Eye Cream

    A multitasker that can de-puff, combat fine lines and dark circles are the makings of the best eye cream money can buy. Look like you got your beauty rest (even if you were up all night assembling welcome bags) with this miracle cream. Trust us on this one, it’s worth the investment.

    La Mer The Eye Balm Intense, $215,

  4. Best Face Moisturizer

    Best Face Moisturizer

    It may sound counterintuitive, but everyone—even those with oily skin—need a good face moisturizer. We think this protein-enriched cream is the best face moisturizer for your wedding for two reasons: Its unique mix of active ingredients replenishes skin while also reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage.

    Drunk Elephant Protini polypeptide moisturizer, $68,  

  5. Best Face Serum

    Best Face Serum

    Don’t let the name fool you. There is nothing ordinary about this hyaluronic acid serum. Our pick for  best face serum out there gets the job done and is under $10—how amazing is that? A wallet-friendly gem, this is every bit as effective as its pricier counterparts. Apply a few drops in the AM or PM before your moisturizer or night cream to give your skin an ultra-hydrating boost.

    The Ordinary hyaluronic acid, $7,

  6. Best Face Mist

    Best Face Mist

    Not all face mists are created equal. The best face mist should soothe skin and leave you looking—and feeling—refreshed. A favorite of both celebs and makeup artists, this invigorating spray made of mint and rosemary tightens pores, soothes dry patches and calms stressed-out skin. Break it out whenever your makeup needs a quick pick-me-up.

    Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18,

  7. Best Acne Treatment

    Best Acne Treatment

    Pimples do happen, so it’s wise to keep the best acne treatment on hand just in case of any pre-wedding skin emergencies. Dab on this powerful acne spot treatment up to three times a day to zap any zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, right before you take engagement photos or walk down the aisle).

    Murad Rapid Relief acne spot treatment, $22,

  8. Best Face Scrub

    Best Face Scrub

    Pumpkin spice latte fans, this one’s for you. The best face scrub for even the most delicate of complexions, this gentle exfoliating mask uses fragrant pumpkin enzymes and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish away dead cells without damaging your skin.

    Summer Fridays Overtime mask, $44,  

  9. Best Face Mask for Acne

    Best Face Mask for Acne

    If you’re searching for a quick fix to dry up pimples and blackheads, this is the best face mask for acne prone skin. Think of this mud mask as a vacuum for your face. A blend of activated charcoal plus six acids shrinks pores and clears up breakouts.

    GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD clearing treatment mask, from $25,   

  10. Best Sheet Mask

    Best Sheet Mask

    There’s no shortage of fun, K-beauty inspired products out there, but we tested dozens and dozens until we found what we’ve dubbed the best sheet mask. Use this silky microfiber mask infused with rich botanical extracts and anti-aging superfoods like green tea and rice the night before your wedding for an instantly dewy complexion. Bonus: It works for pretty much everybody (even if your skin is super sensitive).

    TATCHA Luminous dewy skin sheet mask, $12,

  11. Best Sunscreen

    Best Sunscreen

    The unsung hero of any skin care regimen, the best sunblock will protect skin from harmful rays without washing you out in photos or messing up the texture of your makeup. If you’re throwing an outdoor affair of jetting off someone warm for your honeymoon, shield yourself from aging sun damage with this fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave behind a chalky residue.

    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry-touch sunblock, $11,

  12. ​Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, some of which may be sponsored by paying vendors.​

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