Cosmetics are known to make skin look more even. But what if the cosmetics you commonly use not only instantly improve the appearance of your skin, but also keep your skin healthy in the long run? Here’s the good news: there are some cosmetics that offer just that kind of skin care benefits.
These products can optimize your skincare routine in a time-saving and affordable way.
But do they really work? Here’s a breakdown of what makeup products with skincare benefits actually are and how they work.
What are makeup products with skincare benefits?
Skincare-makeup blends usually serve two purposes: to improve the health and appearance of the skin over time, and to provide the cosmetic benefits we get from makeup.Makeup products such as CC creams, concealers, foundations, lip balms, and blushes all have skincare ingredients added to them.
Skincare-makeup blends are designed to enhance makeup by providing skincare benefits to make it a more complete skincare product. The effects of makeup on the skin vary from product to product and from person to person, but it is important to pay attention to the ingredients in your products and know which ones are right for your skin type.
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require pre-market approval of cosmetic ingredients unless they are color additives. ¹ Instead, cosmetics labeled “organic” must comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations for organic products and FDA regulations for cosmetic labeling and safety requirements. ² The FDA also does not define “hypoallergenic” or “natural” cosmetics, nor does it require them to have an expiration date.
Do makeup products with skincare benefits work?
There are a variety of skincare makeup blends on the market, and what works for your skin may not necessarily work for others. But overall, these products may offer some benefits and are worth a try.
They are multi-beneficial: These products can address skincare concerns and improve your facial features at the same time, which means you spend less money on your skincare routine. They also reduce the amount of time you spend using multiple products.
They incorporate skincare science into makeup: Most makeup products only provide coverage and don’t provide long-term benefits to your skin. Therefore, skincare blends may be superior to regular makeup products.
⁴ They may replace makeup products that have negative effects: studies have shown that cosmetics can sometimes have harmful effects on your skin and body. ⁴ Metals in cosmetics can be toxic to your internal organs if absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin,⁵ while acne or pore-clogging products can cause breakouts,⁶ People tend to read the ingredient lists of skincare products more often than cosmetics, so it’s easy to be unaware of their potentially negative effects.
They may reduce your risk of skin cancer: We know that sun protection is an important step in your skincare routine, but it can sometimes be overlooked. It’s always better to use makeup products with SPF than none at all. Daily use of SPF sunscreen has been shown to reduce the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by up to 40% and significantly reduce the chances of developing invasive melanoma.
If you are interested in trying out makeup products that contain skin care ingredients, you may be curious about the potential drawbacks of using these products. Here are some things to consider:
Repeated use of skincare ingredients may irritate your skin: For example, if you use a serum containing retinol followed by a tinted moisturizer containing retinol, your skin may be irritated by an overdose of retinol. Try to make sure that there is no ingredient overlap between hybrid and regular skincare products.
They may not be as beneficial to your skin as regular skincare products: Since hybrid skincare products try to achieve both, the amount of skincare ingredients in them may not be enough to treat your skin.
They may not fully penetrate the skin: Most makeup products work by staying on the surface of the skin rather than being absorbed into the skin. Absorption of makeup depends on the ingredients and the permeability of the skin, and ingredients in skin care blends may not penetrate the skin sufficiently to treat certain skin problems.
What skin types can benefit from skincare-makeup blends?
A licensed dermatologist can help you understand which products are beneficial for your skin type. In general, these skin types may benefit the most from skincare-makeup blends
Acne-prone skin: Some cosmetics can clog pores and cause breakouts. For example, one study concluded that the D&C red dye commonly used in blushers is an acne-causing derivative of coal tar, which can cause pimples in the cheekbone area.
Skin Inflammation: Strong rubbing of the skin to remove makeup may aggravate the symptoms of conditions such as atopic dermatitis, including inflammation, irritation and redness.
Age spots and wrinkled skin: Makeup products containing SPF may help slow the further development of age spots and wrinkles. But if in doubt, always use a sunscreen that protects your skin without clogging your pores, like The Sunscreen.
What Ingredients to Look for in Skin Care and Makeup Blend Products
Again, there are a variety of makeup products on the market that contain skin care benefits, but there are some common ingredients that you can look for. You may find these skin-beneficial ingredients in many makeup products:
Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid: a moisturizing ingredient that has been shown to accelerate wound healing.
Ceramides: These lipids have been shown to help treat skin conditions that affect the skin barrier, such as atopic dermatitis.
⦁ Salicylic Acid: An FDA-approved ingredient for clearing acne.
⦁ Vitamin C: This ingredient has been shown to treat hyperpigmentation and reduce the signs of photoaging.
Vitamin E: Products with Vitamin E may have photoprotective properties that can help protect the skin from solar radiation.¹⁴
Squalene: An antioxidant that can hydrate the skin.¹⁵
Skin care ingredients are not usually found in mascara, eyeliner, lip liner, and other makeup products that are not applied directly to the skin. However, these types of makeup are the go-to products for skincare and makeup blends:
Lip balms also contain SPF, which is a big plus because there is evidence that sun protection for lips helps reduce the incidence of lip cancer. ¹⁶ In addition to moisturizing your lips with moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter and jojoba seed oil, lip balms with SPF 30 also protect your lips from the sun.
A Personalized Approach to Skin Care
It can be confusing to figure out which products are best for your skin. When you add cosmetics to the mix, it can be even more challenging to choose the right skincare for you, and Curology’s licensed dermatologists are here to help you navigate through the vast array of products to find the ingredients that will truly improve your skin.