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If there's ever a time for incredible skin, it's your wedding day—the ultimate all-eyes-are-on-you moment. To get yours in tip-top shape, dive into the ever-growing array of at-home peels, masks, and scrubs designed to smooth sun-induced roughness, tighten pores, and soften fine lines. Just be careful to bypass potential irritation by skipping the fast-acting "extra-strength" formulas with sky-high levels of active ingredients. "People often think stronger means better," says Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer. "Not so." Happily, there's a fresh crop of low-key plant-based resurfacers that yield fantastic results slowly, after months of steady use. "Our skin is a living organism," says beauty expert Tata Harper. "It needs to be nourished every day." Below, some standout resurfacers every brides should try before her big day.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
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Newly reformulated, this gentle potion now features extra white-willow bark, a natural beta-hydroxy acid.
Resurfacing Mask, $55, Tata Harper
Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector
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This light serum erases fine lines and pores by mimicking the way plants repair damage to stems and leaves.
"Visionnaire" advanced skin corrector, $55, Lancome
REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
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Ideal for blemish-prone skin, this mask contains papain, a deflaker derived from papaya.
Glycol lactic radiance renewal mask, $55, REN
EmerginC Facial Peel and Clarifying Kit
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You get two kinds of pads here: peel pads steeped in tea-tree oil, and soothing-clarifying pads for afterward.
Facial Peel & Clarifying Kit, $90, EmerginC
Glow by Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Serum
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Infused with retinol, this is strong enough to effect change without irritation.
Overnight resurfacing serum, $85, Glow by Dr. Brandt
Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel
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Dab it on before you hit the hay and, over time, you'll wake up with fewer sun spots.
Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel, $17, Glow by Dr. Brandt