In This Article:
If you're longing for more than superficial results from your makeup, think about foundations: There are foundations today that take makeup to a whole new level by including state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients. These remarkable products are loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. Using makeup that contains these skin-beneficial ingredients can improve sun damage, lessen wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production for firmer, smoother skin. The trick lies in knowing the best products to buy!
First and foremost, don't assume that expensive makeup is better for your skin. Many inexpensive brands have far better product options when it comes to treatment-based makeup.
Next, despite claims to the contrary, not every type of makeup that claims to be "anti-aging" actually is. For example, mascara formulas won't make eyelashes younger, and the same is true for eyeliners, brow products, and any other makeup products packaged in a jar or compact that exposes the unstable ingredients, such as plant extracts and vitamins, to degrading light and air.
Lots of makeup is sold with anti-aging claims, but if the formula doesn't support those claims, you won't see the youthful results you want. Oftentimes, if they're included at all, the beneficial ingredients are present in such low amounts that they are merely window dressing. Look for fragrance-free makeup that's formulated with a cocktail of cell-communicating ingredients and antioxidants such as niacinamide and vitamin C.
Because separating the good anti-aging makeup from the bad anti-aging makeup is tricky, and because wasting money is never pretty, the Paula's Choice Research Team presents our top recommendations for what to toss and what to use.
Toss: Kiel's Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler ($39). Although this product contains hyaluronic acid as claimed, the amount is too small for it to effectively repair skin, and it absolutely does not work like the hyaluronic fillers dermatologists use to plump out wrinkles. Plus, it contains alcohol, which is irritating and pro-aging!
Use: philosophy Deep Fill Fix Instant Line Filler and Long-Term Wrinkle Smoother ($34). This fragrance-free wrinkle-filler pen has a silky, spackle-like texture that instantly smooths the appearance of lines. The formula also provides some very good skin-repairing ingredients, including a unique plant extract known to reduce inflammation.
Toss: Mary Kay TimeWise Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation ($20). While this is an okay option for dry skin, the "blend of vitamin E and peptides" likely isn't enough to produce an "age-fighting" effect—skin needs more than just these specialized ingredients to fight signs of aging. Also, the noticeably shiny finish may actually make wrinkles look more pronounced (that's what shine does to wrinkles and crepy skin), which won't help you attain the goal of younger-looking skin.
Use: Paula's Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Foundation ($24.95). The fragrance-free formula blends easily and creates a smooth, even skin tone, plus the unique blend of antioxidants, including resveratrol and retinol, soften fine lines and repair sun damage.
Toss: La Prairie Anti-Aging Concealer SPF 20 ($75). The anti-aging claims and sunscreen are intended to justify this product's steep price, but not so fast: The small amount of antioxidants is unlikely to have anti-aging benefits, and this concealer blends unevenly. Also, the synthetic sunscreen agents don't provide adequate UVA protection (which is critical for wrinkle reduction), and they can be irritating—especially around the eyes.
Use: L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Age-Reversing Concealer SPF 20 ($12.95). This fragrance-free, pen-style concealer provides mineral-based broad-spectrum sun protection, which is an essential anti-aging, anti-irritation benefit, especially around the eyes. Although it can't "visibly lift" your skin, the thin liquid texture provides lasting coverage of dark circles or discolorations, which automatically makes you look younger.
Toss: Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder ($59.00). This powder claims to fight against aging by using gold, but there is no research proving that gold has any benefit for skin. Even if gold were beneficial, only a minuscule amount is present in this product. Overall, this is a very basic powder, and the minerals offer no special benefit for skin.
Use: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder SPF 20 ($11.99). Sun damage causes most of the signs of aging, so it's a good idea to use powder with sunscreen for an additional measure of protection. This silky powder includes broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen and is a great add-on for extra sun protection in addition to your moisturizer with sunscreen. Another option is Paula's Choice Healthy Finish Powder SPF 15 ($14.95).
Toss: Clinique Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment ($27). This very thick lip balm has several emollients to condition the lips, and can temporarily fill in lines with film-forming agents and waxes. The problem is the inclusion of peppermint oil, which is especially irritating. Over time, this routine irritation can damage collagen, leading to thinner lips.
Use: Mary Kay TimeWise Age-Fighting Lip Primer ($22). This silicone- and wax-based primer fills in lines on the lips and around the mouth to help lipstick wear better, but what's particularly impressive is the amount of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. These ingredients help skin (and lips) repair itself over time and may help delay age-related thinning of lips.
Toss: Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Advanced Replenishing & Reshaping Lipcolor Pro Xylane SPF 12 ($30). Labeling this lipstick "advanced" is a joke—but not a very funny one considering the price tag. "Pro-Xylane" supposedly is a derivative of a sugar known as xylose, and while that may have some hydrating benefits, it certainly cannot "reshape" lips. The formula can't protect lips from sun damage, either, because it lacks sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients.
Use: Paula's Choice Sheer Cream Lipstick SPF 15 ($10.95). This creamy lipstick includes broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect the lips from sun damage, as well as antioxidants to repair previous damage. The modern, creamy-yet-lightweight formula smooths and soothes lips, while leaving a soft wash of color. If you prefer an opaque lipstick with sun protection, check out Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color SPF 16 Sunscreen ($9.99).
For more top-rated makeup products, check out our independent reviews on Beautypedia.
Get exclusive beauty advice delivered twice a month. Unsubscribe at any time.
Back to top
Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international TV including:
View Media Highlights
The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective.
Problem-Solving Products That Really Work! »
We respect your privacy and the information you provide will NOT be sold, shared, or disseminated in any way.
Read More →
Call us Mon–Fri 6am-6pm PT, Sat–Sun 8am-4:30pm PT
Connect with us:
© Copyright 2014 Paula's Choice. All rights reserved. Paula's Choice, Cosmetics Cop, and Paula's Choice RESIST are registered trademarks of Paula's Choice, LLC.
*Promotion expires 9pm PT, April 1, 2014. No cash value, applies to all retail customers.
**Promotion expires 9pm PT, April 1, 2014. No cash value, applies to U.S. and Canada only.
***Promotion expires 9pm PT, April 1, 2014. Choose any 3 from 10 available FREE samples. Minimum $5 order.
Please sign in and access your saved member information.
You will have the option to create an account after you have submitted your order.