I know we all love the idea of skipping steps when it comes to skincare, and that’s evident with the number of trending makeup products that claim to deliver these types of benefits. But being the beauty editor that I am, I have questions. First, do these types of products actually contain enough of said skincare ingredients to make a difference in your complexion? Personally, I don’t think so. Makeup with extra skin-nourishing ingredients can be great, but I don’t think it should replace a good old-fashioned skincare routine. Don’t take my word for it; just ask Marisa Garshick, MD, a board-certified dermatologist.
“While makeup can offer some skincare benefits, depending on the ingredients incorporated, it is important to remember that it will not necessarily replace what is needed in a traditional skincare routine,” she says. “For example, some makeup designed for acne-prone skin may contain ingredients to help reduce oil, but it’s unlikely that it will be enough to prevent breakouts from forming. Additionally, because these are cosmetics and available over the counter, there isn’t as much formal regulation and evidence regarding the long-term skincare benefits.” Trust me—I wish using makeup with skincare ingredients would allow me to chuck my serums and moisturizers, but I can at least rest easier knowing that some of my makeup does add a considerable boost to my routine.
No matter your skin type, there are a few things Garshick says you can look for in these types of products to bolster the results of your regimen. “Seek hydrating ingredients that help to boost moisture in the skin,” she shares. “As we age, we lose moisture, so using products containing humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to draw moisture in can help to not only give a dewy glow but also plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While sunscreen in makeup doesn’t replace a standard application of sunscreen, it can certainly help to provide additional protection, especially when on the go. For those with acne-prone skin, there are some products that contain salicylic acid, which can work to reduce oil on the skin and unclog the pores. Importantly, for those who are also dry, incorporating salicylic acid in makeup may be too drying on the skin and may be best to avoid.”
For a few makeup items that can truly act as an extension to your skincare routine, keep scrolling below—you’ll find a few options for every skin type.