As if your impending nuptials aren't reason enough to pamper yourself, the new year is by far the best excuse to indulge in a little extra self-care. Our suggestion: Splurge on something with long-term benefits, like skincare products that’ll transform your complexion just in time for your walk down the aisle.
While we’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that it’s totally unnecessary to spend a fortune in your quest for wedding-ready skin (and we mean it!), every so often, we’re introduced to an incredible product that’s deserving of its hefty price tag. Potent ingredients and smart formulas are worth a little extra dough—especially when they lead to unmistakable results.
To guide you in the right direction, we curated a list of the skin-changing serums, masks, and moisturizers that you’ll want to consider splurging on in 2018.
MDNA Skin The Finishing Cream
Montecatini, a gorgeous spa town in Tuscany, Italy, is famous for its mineral-rich thermal spring waters—the star ingredient in Madonna’s luxury skincare line MDNA Skin. The latest addition to her collection is this ridiculously hydrating face cream; it instantly floods your skin with long-lasting moisture and, thanks to the added mica, leaves your complexion looking well-rested and radiant.
The Finishing Cream, $250, MDNA SKIN
Biologique Recherche Le Grand Serum
Truth be told, every product from cult-favorite French brand Biologique Recherche is worth splurging on, but this anti-aging serum should be at the top of your list. With 27 active ingredients (think amino acids and cranberry and wasabi extracts), Le Grand Serum firms and hydrates tired skin—and gives your face an unbelievable glow that’s sure to garner compliments.
Le Grand Serum, $163, Biologique Recherche available at Rescue Spa
Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial
If your goal is to get quick results with minimal effort, look no further than this exfoliating mask from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. A combination of acids and plant-based cellulose beads sweeps away dead skin cells in just three minutes flat, revealing a smooth, even-toned complexion. Gwyneth uses it every night, but you’ll get satisfying results from two or three uses per week.
Exfoliating Instant Facial, $125, Goop
Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream
There’s a reason why Sisley’s rose-infused moisturizer sells like hot cakes: It delivers on its promise to plump and smooth skin—and its luxurious texture is unlike any other moisturizer on the market. The sweet-smelling formula starts as a rich cream, but as soon as it hits your face it transforms into a water-like serum that just melts into your skin.
Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, $195, Sisley Paris
BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Triple Vitamin C Serum
This lightweight, satiny serum is bursting with three of the most effective forms of vitamin C, making it a potent defender against environmental pollutants and free radicals that cause skin inflammation, dark spots, and premature aging. Not only that, but you’ll notice brighter, smoother skin emerging after just a few uses.
Triple Vitamin C Serum, $95, BeautyRx by Schultz
Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial
Allies of Skin has a knack for creating incredible overnight masks that leave your skin looking flawless after just eight hours of shut-eye. This treatment for congested skin is no different: With a blend of exfoliating acids (mandelic, lactic, azelaic), Manuka honey, colloidal silver, and other skin-friendly ingredients, it clears breakouts and prevents new ones from forming.
Promise Keeper Blemish Facial, $120, Allies of Skin
Stacked Skincare Deep Hydration Stack
If you’ve ever been curious about microneedling and the dramatic effect it can have on your skin, now’s the time to try it out for yourself. With consistent use, Stacked Skincare’s easy-to-use micro-roller improves the texture of your skin and minimizes dark spots, acne scars, and fine lines—and when paired with the brand’s plumping hyaluronic acid serum, there’s no better combo.
Deep Hydration Stack, $150, Stacked Skincare
Royal Fern Phytoactive Hydra-Firm Intense Mask
Fun fact: The fern plant, which has been around for some 400 million years, has a long list of anti-aging qualities that make it a miracle ingredient for your skin. German dermatologist Dr. Timm Golueke harnessed its powers into this deeply hydrating, anti-inflammatory mask that firms and brightens skin while working deep down to promote collagen production and repair UV-induced skin damage.
Phytoactive Hydra-Firm Intense Mask, $180, Royal Fern
Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum
Those of you with sensitive, easily irritated skin (or rosacea) know how challenging it is to find products that actually keep redness at bay. Enter Dr. Barbara Sturm’s bestselling plant-based elixir: It’s a milky serum designed to instantly soothe and rebalance stressed, inflamed complexions—and it does just that. The cooling effect this serum has on your skin only adds to the appeal.
Calming Serum, $250, Dr. Barbara Sturm
Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask
Dull, blemish-prone skin is no match for this deep-cleaning mask from Hungarian skincare line Omorovicza. A thin layer (and 10 minutes) is all you need to reveal baby soft, luminous skin—without any of the dryness that comes from traditional mud masks. Diehard fans say it banishes pesky blackheads in no time.
Ultramoor Mud Mask, $125, Omorovicza