If you really want to make your skin look its best for your wedding, using a serum is a must. (We’re all for eating well and promoting a bridal glow from the inside out, but a few great products can help, too.) Of all the skincare products on the market, serums contain the most concentrated amount of active ingredients, meaning they’ll have the greatest impact on your complexion. There are serums out there to take care of everything, from hormonal acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation to large pores, dullness, and dry skin.
To make your serum most effective, use an alcohol-free toner beforehand. (So you’d cleanse, tone, apply serum, and moisturize.) Cleansing, of course, gets rid of all of the dirt and oil. Toning, by pressing it into your skin with a cotton ball, will pick up anything the cleanser missed. It will also gently exfoliate so that the serum can go deep inside of your pores to work from the inside out. (Our favorite toner is Biologique Recherche Lotion P50—it’s the holy grail of toners and has a cult following of basically every beauty editor we know.)
How you apply your serum is important, too. Most of the pros suggest putting a few drops onto your hands and then gently pushing it into your skin using an upward motion. Rubbing products onto your skin can sometimes be too irritating. Plus, pushing it into your skin will help it to better absorb.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s the fun part: name dropping some of our all-time favorite serums. The ones we love the most are pretty much do-it-all products, and will give your complexion a radiance like no other. Here, the best serums for brides-to-be.