2014 Big Day Beauty Awards: Our Skin Care Must-Haves
Shiseido Extra Smooth Lotion
“I looked my best ever on my wedding day, and I want to stay youthful-looking for as long as possible,” said a bride who still diligently applies this water-resistant favorite, available in SPF 38 ($34, au.shiseido.com).
Fast Skin Firmer
Olay Regenerist Superstructure Cream
The crème de la crème of affordable anti-agers, it’s packed with skin- restoring antioxidants and feels like a luxury salve ($25 at drugstores).
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
A best-seller since the ’90s — now revamped with plumping hyaluronic acid — it hydrates, balances, and soothes even the driest skin, feels barely there, and “makes makeup go on better,” noted one bride ($26, clinique.com).
Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes
With no rinsing required, these pre-moistened cloths remove the day’s makeup in a snap. Dermatologists like its mild ingredients ($8 at drugstores).
Philosophy Hope in a Tube
It has iron oxides that reflect light, creating a “porcelain effect,” and contains amino acids to ward off laugh lines ($35, philosophy.com).
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
This irritant-free, noncomedogenic formula “soothed my skin before my winter wedding,” said one fan. Better yet, it’s dermatologist- recommended for all skin types ($12 at drugstores).
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
Brides of all skin types sang the praises of this featherweight, oil-free formula, which has SPF and soy to help prevent premature aging ($15, aveeno.com).
Lancôme Tonique Douceur
Ideal for prepping skin before foundation, it’s alcohol-free—and doubles as a makeup remover in a pinch ($25, lancome-usa.com).
Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush
Two years in a row, Martha brides were “obsessed” with this exfoliating machine “that truly changed my complexion and left my face glowing,” said one fan ($125, clarisonic.com).
Gentlest Exfoliating Wash
Origins Never a Dull Moment Skin Brightening Face Polisher
Brides appreciate this entire line that “smells good, works well, is cruelty-free, and doesn’t cause break outs.” The cleanser contains crushed papaya to slough off dirt and dead skin ($27, origins.com).
Champion Chemical Peel
Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Peel
An at-home treatment developed by a renowned dermatologist, these pads use five alpha and beta hydroxy acids to fight fine lines, dark spots, and redness ($82, sephora.com).
Amazing At-Home Microdermabrasion
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant
This scrub is great for removing dull, dry skin cells from your face, and when applied to the body, it subdues keratosis pilaris (those pesky bumps), and gets brides strapless-ready ($78, drbrandtskincare.com).
Best Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit
The naturally-focused line’s lip treatments “feel amazing,” raved one Martha bride ($3.30 at drugstores).
Awesome All-Around Oil
Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil
“It works fantastically as a face moisturizer and can be used on hair, as a skin treatment anywhere on your body, or to soften cuticles,” said a bride of this secret weapon ($48, sephora.com).
Excellent Eye De-Puffer
Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel
The cooling, calendula-and-cucumber-based gel “de-puffs and treats” eyes and fine lines, said one happy user ($38, sephora.com).
Dove Beauty Bar
Martha brides agreed: This creamy slab “works hard—but gently,” without being “moisture-stripping,” even when removing professionally done makeup ($4 at drugstores).
Fast Pore Minimizer
Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment
Fans prize the way this oil- and silicone-free fluid leaves skin looking fresh and nearly flawless ($75, perriconemd.com).
Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist
This aroma-therapeutic spray blends rose hips, ylang ylang, and antioxidants to set makeup and balance skin before a stroll down the aisle ($22, juicebeauty.com).
Instant Line Reducer
Kiehl’s Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler
Martha brides applied this before concealer; its water-attracting molecules swell to 30 times their normal size to fill in eye wrinkles immediately and make them less visible over time ($39, kiehls.com).
Mildest, But Most Effective Blemish-Fighter
Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
The entire line won praise for smelling “yummy” and “always leaving my skin super soft.” But this mask stood out for calming and treating breakout-prone skin ($7, lushusa.com).
Suberbly-Scented Body Lotion
Dr. Hauschka Rose Body Moisturizer
Not only is the floral fragrance of this skin soother to die for, but it also “really works and protects against harsh elements,” says a fan ($40, drhauschka.com).
Super-Saturating Body Moisturizer
La Mer Reparative Body Lotion
“It transformed my skin from dry to silky,” said a devotee. Others swore that its proprietary marine extracts helped fade dark spots and improved skin texture ($155, cremedelamer.com).
Most Easily Absorbed Body Oil
L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil
This fast-absorbing oil leaves skin supple for all the hugging, hand-holding and shoulder-patting of well-meaning loved ones ($42, usa.loccitane.com).
Richest Body Balm
June Jacobs Spa Collection Citrus Body Balm
Rich shea butter and nourishing sunflower, jojoba, and sesame oils hydrate parched skin so that even elbows look (and feel) soft and glowy as you walk down the aisle ($50, junejacobs.com).
Best Faux Glow
Bliss A Tan for All Seasons
The same spray the spa uses in its treatment room comes in an at-home can for a fast (drying in five minutes flat), natural-looking bronze ($36, blissworld.com).
Great Gradual Tanner
Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion
Chock full of natural ingredients and moisturizers (but minus parabens and unwanted chemicals), this moisturizer darkens skin nicely; apply more often for a deeper shade ($14, at Whole Foods).