Make sure your mom is glowing on your wedding day.
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Everyone talks about skincare for brides-to-be, but the woman of the hour isn't the only female in the spotlight on the big day. Mothers of brides and grooms are just as visible come the wedding, which means they'll want to put their prettiest faces forward, too. That's why they deserve the best of the best when it comes to pre-wedding (and day-of!) skincare. (Correction: They deserve the best of the best when it comes to everything, but right now we're just talking complexions!)
Luckily there are tons of products formulated for women of all ages that aim to brighten, increase radiance, and smooth the skin. But sometimes, too much of a good thing is overwhelming. With so many products to choose from, navigating the skincare market can be daunting—especially for your mom. So we used some real MOBs as guinea pigs to test—well, let's just say a lot—of products to find the ones that will really give you results. Here, we've rounded up the best of the best: from the retinols that will decrease fine lines and wrinkles without making her skin irritated and red, to the serums, masks, and moisturizers that will minimize pore size, even skin tone, and help prevent future damage. Needless to say, the gang's all here.
Now all you have to do is let her pick out the ones she wants to try. (May we suggest them all?) Even better—round up a few of your favorites, pop in a movie, and have an at-home spa day with your mom a few nights before the wedding. It'll be a memory you'll cherish always—and will help you both achieve the best-possible big-day complexion.
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Pestle & Mortar
Get all of the benefits of a retinoid (smaller pores, decreased fine lines and wrinkles, and increased radiance) without the drawbacks (flakiness, redness, and irritation) with this sink-into-your-skin retinoid oil. It contains a slew of moisturizing ingredients like grapeseed, avocado, and jojoba oils. As our tester said as she looked in the mirror the next day: "Well, isn't this a great way to start the day!"
Pestle & Mortar "Superstar" Retinoid Night Oil, $109, bloomingdales.com.
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In our pollutant-filled environments, using serums with antioxidant protection is a must. They help fight off free radicals, otherwise known as those little pollution particles in the air that age our skin. This daily serum contains idebenone, a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from environmental aggressors, helps to reverse the effects of free radicals, and minimizes fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum, $162, elizabetharden.com.
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Regardless of whether your daughter or son is having a destination wedding, this set of four travel-friendly products (all of which are natural) contains everything you need for moisturized, glowing skin: a milky coconut cleanser, citrus toning mist, plumping and rejuvenating serum, and a silky vanilla moisturizer with black raspberry oil, a natural source of sun protection.
Edible Beauty "On the Fly" Core 4 Travel Kit, $60.84, ediblebeautyaustralia.com.
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We love iS Clinical Active Serum for brides-to-be, so it's no surprise that their brightening vitamin C serum made the top of our list for the moms. The serum contains enzymes that protect skin from damage, along with antioxidants like vitamin C, which evens skin tone and makes it feel more radiant and elastic. The lotion's formula boasts growth factors to diminish the signs of aging. As our tester said: "After I used the serum, I went to the doctor's office and he said, 'You have to stop lying about your age.'" Consider that a ringing endorsement.
iS Clinical Genexc Serum, $179, dermstore.com.
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The best thing about this mask—aside from the fact that you wake up with soft baby skin that's seemingly poreless—is that you don't have to wash it off. It's a moisturizer and mask in one!
Amorepacific Youth Revolution Collection: Radiance Crème and Masque, $200, nordstrom.com.
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"I really felt this one plumped and hydrated my skin," our tester says of this gel-to-water essence moisturizer. It smooths and primes too, so it's a great first step before big-day makeup application.
PUR 4-in-1 Cloud Cream, $38, ulta.com.
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Tatcha's Essence is great to use before applying your favorite anti-aging serum for a one-two punch. Not only does it contain its own anti-aging ingredients, but it also makes serums penetrate deeper into the pores and work more effectively.
Tatcha "The Essence," $95, sephora.com.
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This unique serum provides gentle, daily exfoliation to make your skin look brighter and even toned. As for why it's so gentle? It uses a patented formula that only sloughs away the skin cells that are already dead, leaving the healthy outer layer of your skin intact. Our tester noticed a difference the first time she wore it.
Restorsea "Renormalizing" Serum with Vibransea Complex, $195, restorsea.com.
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About three times a week, after cleansing, softly rub this into the skin until its little shea butter beads dissolve. It contains hyaluronic acid—one of the best ingredients for hydration and plumping—along with raspberry extract to protect the skin from aging free-radical damage.
Avon Anew Hydra Fusion Nighttime Facial Treatment, $32, avon.com.
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Don't forget about your neck and décolletage! This natural (and amazing smelling) cream helps to moisturize, reduce wrinkles, and strengthen the delicate neck and décolletage area. The essential oil scent also makes it a nice way to destress after a long day.
Lavido Renewal Neck Cream, $79, lavido.com.