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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Covering the Signs of Aging - The Market's Best Makeup

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Anti-aging seems to be the topic on every woman’s mind nowadays. One of the big questions we receive from ADSCA patients is whether they can use makeup to aid in that quest for the fountain of youth. At the very least, they want to know which brands aren’t contributing to the problem.

In this blog post, I’ll identify some tips for which brands to use, how to identify your skin type and the best way to keep your skin looking young using everyday makeup. Did I miss anything? Leave your questions or suggestions in the comments below.

The Best Age Fighters: Moisture and Sun Protection

The absolute best way to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging is, without a doubt, to moisturize and protect your skin from the sun. Even if you already have oily skin, use an oil-free moisturizer (like Aveeno) to help your skin maintain its elasticity as it ages.

Protecting your skin from the sun is another must-do. Although a tan may look nice when you are in your teens and 20s, it definitely leads to skin damage, wrinkles and other signs of aging later in life. Make sure a sunscreen is part of your daily routine, and make sure you’re using at least SPF 30. Many moisturizers have sunscreen as part of their formula, so choose one with SPF to combine these two critical steps.

Avoid Powder-Based Foundation and Concealer

Avoid using powder-based foundations or concealers, as these types of makeup, when used on dry skin, can actually sink into wrinkles and make them more visible!

Start by remedying your dry skin problem. To do that, first refer to my first tip and moisturize! Second, use liquid or cream-based foundations, eye shadows and other products applied directly to the skin.

Makeup with Additives

Retinol is the newest buzzword in the anti-aging and makeup world. It is often added to a variety of foundations. Although it may increase cell turnover (which helps slow the aging process), it’s not something that has been proven. If you’re already using a retinol foundation, keep it up. If you’re not, don’t bank on it being the end all be all for anti-aging makeup.

The Tint

As women age, they often experience a dullness in their skin tone. Using a foundation and/or moisturizer with bronzer or other tinted, luminescent qualities makes a huge difference. By reflecting light, the makeup gives the illusion of a more evenly tinted, vibrant skin tone. Although this won’t actually change your skin, it will improve its appearance.

Don’t Spend a Fortune!

While there are lots of brands out there, most of them offer a similar product. According to Good Housekeeping, the following products scored highest among women for their anti-aging qualities:
  • Concealer – Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
  • Foundation – Chanel Lift Lumière Firming and Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15
    • A note from Dr. Patel: Although SPF 15 is better than none, I recommend using at least SPF 30 on a daily basis.
  • Primer – Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-Aging Age Reversing Face Primer
  • Lipstick – Dior Rouge Serum SPF 20
  • Eye Shadow – MAC Paint Pot
  • Mascara – MAC False Lashes

For more information on the magazine’s findings, click here.  

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