Best Skin Care Products of The Knot's 2020 Beauty Awards
The secret to flawless bridal makeup? A flawless complexion. If there's ever an ideal time to amp up your 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
Best Face Wash
The best face wash is also a serious multitasker: Manuka honey locks in moisture, essential oils remove impurities, and green tea and coffee extract energizes your skin. 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.
Romer Cleanse face wash, $45, RomerSkincare.com
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, ShopRescueSpa.com
Best Eye Cream
Look like you got your beauty rest (even if you were up all night assembling welcome bags) with this banana-powder-powered pick for best eye cream. A luxurious cream goes that goes on seamlessly, this Vitamin-C rich formula combats dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness just as well as pricier options.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright eye crème, $39, Sephora.com
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 a few reasons: The under-the-radar French beauty secret is trés hydrating but never greasy to the touch. And, due to its mild formula, it also works as a primer and body cream.
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, $28, Dermstore.com
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, Sephora.com
Best Face Mist
Not all face mists are created equal. The best face mist should soothe skin and leave you looking—and feeling—fresh as a daisy. A favorite of both celebs and makeup artists, this invigorating spray made of herbs and botanical extracts calms skin, refreshes makeup and enhances your glow. Break it out whenever you need a quick pick-me-up on your day.
Mario Badescu Aloe, herbs and rosewater facial spray, $7, Ulta.com
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).
Differin Adapalene gel 0.1% acne treatment, $13, Target.com
Best Face Exfoliator
The best face exfoliator for even the most delicate of complexions, these gentle pads use chemical rather physical exfoliation to slough away dead skin. A milder form of an at-home chemical peel, step one exfoliates with acids; step two neutralizes and moisturizes. The result? Fewer fine lines and an overall smoother texture.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta universal daily peel, $88 for 30-pack, Sephora.com
Best Lip Mask
This K-beauty find sloughs away dead skin and heals dry, cracked lips while you snooze for a noticeably plumper, more luscious pout—zero needles necessary.
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask, $22, Sephora.com
Best Night Cream
The secret to aging gracefully? Hydration, and lots of it. Apply this cream packed with calendula, chamomile and sunflower oil before bed for a baby-soft complexion.
Weleda Skin Food original ultra-rich cream, $19, Dermstore.com
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. A triple threat, this all-natural mask of fruit enzymes and blue tansy essential oil exfoliates, detoxes and soothes redness—we call that a skin win.
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity face mask, $48, Sephora.com
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 hyaluronic acid, glycerin and rose to nourish dry or stressed-out skin. Pro tip: Store it in the fridge for a nice cooling effect.
Mamonde Rose Flower Lab Essence sheet mask, $3, Ulta.com
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.
Elta MD UV daily broad-spectrum SPF 40 sunscreen, $29, Dermstore.com