The Best Honeymoon Skin Savers, According to Dermatologists
Chances are, you've nailed down a vetted skincare routine that you've been following religiously in the months leading up to your big day—one that promises to yield hydrated, vibrant, and glowing bride-worthy results. Beauty experts say this is one of the smartest things brides-to-be can do, as it will not only help them feel your best on the wedding day, but it will also make the getting-ready process even easier on the morning of the wedding (after all, makeup application is always easier on flawless skin). While starting a tailored-to-you regimen before the wedding is great, giving it up immediately after you say "I do" should be avoided. Unfortunately, that's often what happens: Many newlyweds abandon their skincare routine post-wedding (or cut down the number of steps significantly) assuming that the results they've been seeing will continue on their own—and this can happen even as soon as the start of the honeymoon.
While we're not saying you need to follow an incredibly involved regimen with more products and serums than you can keep track of, we do think adopting and sticking to a great routine—yes, even after the wedding!—is the most important thing you can do for your skin, and should therefore be followed even when you don't have a big event coming up. What's more, taking care of your skin while you're enjoying your honeymoon is especially important. Not only can slipping up lead to a dull, tired complexion (even with that post-wedding glow), but the toll traveling takes on us can bring about pesky breakouts. Plus, sun and salt water can also be problematic for your otherwise fresh face.
The good news is that, if you check your bag, you can take a few skin savers along with you on your honeymoon. To help you decide what's worth giving up precious suitcase space for, we asked dermatologists to share the post-nuptial vacation essentials every bride should pack.
Of course, the most essential step in any skincare routine is sunscreen—and this is true all year long. "Sunscreen protects skin from the damaging UVA (rays that age) and UVB (rays that cause burns)," explains dermatologist Anu Momi, M.D. "A lot of people think the higher the SPF number the better however the most important thing is that it zinc and titanium dioxide even if it only is SPF 30." This, she explains, is a complete physical block sunscreen. That's why she prefers a product like Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight, which is 100 percent zinc-based and also contains powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E to protect against environmental stressors.
Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion, $55, isdn.com.
After enjoying all those cocktails at your wedding reception, it's time to re-infuse your skin with hydration. Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York, suggests keeping the wedding glow throughout the honeymoon by using a great night mask. "This is super easy to use since you don't have to wash it off!" she says. "It will prevent fine lines from appearing overnight.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask, $88, macys.com.
If you have acne-prone skin, you might think that the hot sun will help dry up your pesky pimples, but this is not the case. In fact, the heat and humidity will cause your skin to be even oilier. "Acne doesn't need to be dried up and it certainly doesn't need to leave scars on your face," explains Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, clinical instructor at NYU Langone and Mount Sinai, and founder of Entière Dermatology. To treat acne, she suggests cleansing with a medicated cleanser like Differin Daily Deep Cleanser. "If you're heading to the sun, remember to apply SPF as sun exposure can actually worsen acne for those who are prone to the condition," she adds.
Differin Daily Deep Cleanser with Benzoyl Peroxide, $13.79, cvs.com.
Hydrating Eye Cream
Some of the thinnest and most sensitive skin lies around your orbital bone, otherwise known as the eye area. That's why it's so important to moisturize this area daily. A great "gateway" eye cream Dr. Levin recommends that won't break the wallet is Cetaphil's Hydrating Eye Gel Cream. "This eye cream focuses on hydration and brightening since a primary concern is dryness and dark circles, and is chock full of hydrating ingredients including vitamin E, vitamin B3 and my favorite, hyaluronic acid providing 24 hour hydration," she says. "It also has brightening ingredients licorice root and grape extract and is gentle enough to be used under the eyes and eyelids."
Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, $11.99, target.com.
"This is the most novel skin brightening product that, for the first time, is intended not only to target brown spots but the entire spectrum of uneven skin tones including brown, red, and yellow," says Dr. Levin. She uses it in multiple ways—as a skin brightener that can be customized either as a standalone serum or due to its tolerability profile or as a combination with other topicals that can help with pigmentation such as antioxidants other acids and retinols/retinoids. "It has become my go-to recommendation for hyperpigmentation treatment for pregnant women specifically!"
SkinBetter Science Even Tone Correcting Serum, $140, skinbetter.com.
After the wedding day, you'll want a heavy exfoliation to clean out the pores after the heavy makeup, alcohol, oil, grease, and dirt. This can be especially helpful for brides dealing with acne. Shani Darden, celebrity esthetician, recommends an exfoliant that's easy to travel with: Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads. "These are just in small packets so they're super easy to pack," she says. "They exfoliate with a combination of AHAs to remove the layer of dead skin on the surface and BHAs to break down the build up inside of your pores!" She recommends using them once a week while you're on your honeymoon and incorporating them into your skin care regimen once you return home.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel, $88, sephora.com.