Typically, I just wash my face and moisturize once a day with whatever's sitting around, whether it's my partner's face wash, a hotel body lotion, or a sample I've been mailed. For 34 years, my skin hasn't protested much.But I like to procrastinate, and I figured if there was ever a time to upgrade to even just a few adult skincare products, it was to cram for the big day. At each store, an employee recommended a cleanser, serum, and toner to help me gain a glow and decrease fine lines and redness. Each expert emphasized different ingredients, though. Credo was all about seaweed, which has vitamins that supposedly help with firming and elasticity. And the man at Aesop suggested a toner as well — mostly, it seemed, because it feels good. I decided to go all in on Sephora since the products were reasonably priced, and I liked how each one addressed a goal, like reduced redness or increased glow.First-Aid Beauty's Face Cleanser has ingredients like aloe to soothe skin and an antioxidant mix including licorice root white tea extracts to protect the skin from environmental stressors. In New York City, there are a lot of them. I'd never used a serum, which goes on after cleansing, but learned that the point can be to brighten skin, reduce fine lines, reduce blemishes, and hydrate.I chose the Banana Bright serum ($65) which smelled delightful and was loaded with vitamin C, which is touted as one of the best of the best vitamins for your skin, Insider previously reported. It can help with anti-aging, reverse some skin damage, even your skin tone and more. Like other antioxidants, it shields against free radicals, or molecules in the environment that damage your cells. Vitamin C works to bind these free radicals, and acts like little Pac-Men taking them out of circulation so that they can't do damage to the skin, Dr. Suzanne Friedler, a board-certified dermatologis, previously told Insider. Cory said its moisture retention shield smooths fine lines and looks great under makeup. It cost $48. Indeed, my makeup artist complimented my well-hydrated skin during our trial just days after I'd begun using it. The avocado in the mask is intended to help soothe skin conditions while the retinol irons out fine lines by boosting the skin's natural collagen production, Cory said. The retinol in this product is encapsulated, too, he said, meaning it's a sort of extended-release formula that continues to work magic throughout the night.I bought the Glow Recipe mask for $42 without asking any more questions. The cleanser felt nice, but throughout my experiment, I couldn't really tell if it was doing much beyond other soaps I've used. The serum seemed to give me an immediate glow, with several people commenting on how tan I looked soon after I began using it. The moisturizer felt a little too thick and didn't last long enough (less than two months) for me to feel like it was worth it. When your baseline is purchasing one or two such products a year, likely from a drugstore, $600 bucks a year is a big leap.The undereye cream was disappointing. I liked the nighttime ritual of using it, but not the morning ritual of brushing off dried and crusted remnants. Since the wedding about five weeks ago, I've lost two of the four products (the cleanser and serum) to travel snafus. I'll continue to use the moisturizer and under-eye cream until they run out, but only plan on purchasing the serum again. I even tried ordering a cheaper vitamin C serum through Amazon, and it's not the same in terms of smell, feel, or results. I almost crave Banana Bright's fresh citrus aroma in the morning, and I'm down to rock a newlywed glow, too.