A quick peek in any drugstore will show a number of cosmetic preparations being touted as anti aging cosmetics. These anti aging products range from foundations enhanced with antioxidants to lipsticks that promise to increase firmness in your pout.
But do these anti aging cosmetics work? Yes and no. Because these anti aging cosmetic items do not contain drugs they are not regulated by the FDA, Federal Drug Administration, so they may make much more elaborate claims then they live up to.
But at the same time, many of these anti aging products contains moisturizers, antioxidants, and other anti aging cosmetic ingredients that will give the appearance of younger looking skin. As we age we need to alter our cosmetic choices and how we use them.
Having smooth, even skin is the best way to prepare for any cosmetic application. As we age skin cell turn over time is slower and dead cells accumulate on the skin making it dull. Be sure to exfoliate to remove these cells.
Using a quality sunscreen such as La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen Lotion and a great anti wrinkle cream like LifeCell on a consistent basis will help give you great skin to start with before you use any anti aging cosmetics.
Choose your foundation and powder carefully. These cosmetics tend to collect in the lines of the skin accenting wrinkles and large pores. It is the same with eye shadow. Eye makeup tends to crease, so using a primer can help set the color. Stick with neutral shades. Bright, colorful shadow tends to look clownish on aging skin. Longer lashes can pull out the eye and there are many over the counter eyelash growth serums such as Rapidlash that can help you grow long, luxurious lashes.
When choosing lipstick, opt for colors that enhance your natural lip color. Warm rosy shades flatter most skin tones. Avoid dull dark shades that accent the lip lines. For lip ideas check out our article on lip makeup.
One type of makeup to consider is mineral makeup. Mineral makup tends to be lighter than traditional makeup and does not puddle in the crevices of the face. Lauren Hutton has a very nice line that is also very affordable. You can read about it here; Lauren Hutton Makeup. Airbrush makeup is another option. With airbrush makeup kits a fine spray of makeup goes on the face giving a natural look.