5 Anti-Ageing Makeup Products To Add To Your Routine
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5 Anti-Ageing Makeup Products To Add To Your Routine

Plus, the ingredients to look out for

It won’t be surprising to hear that our skin changes as we age, with the most prominent signs of ageing taking shape as fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. If you’ve exhausted your skincare arsenal trying to keep these signs at bay, why not try seeing what your makeup can do? Below, we round up some of our favourite anti-ageing makeup products for creating youthful, glowing skin.

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6 Anti-Ageing Ingredients To Look Out For

1. Retinol

One of the most effective ingredients in skincare, retinol is a form of vitamin A that helps to even out skin texture, reduce wrinkles and even crack down on blemishes and enlarged pores. Dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Dendy Engelman explains that, ‘since retinol helps with overall textural and tone improvement, it can be beneficial for numerous different signs of ageing. It helps with cell turnover, making skin look more youthful. It also helps to support skin’s natural collagen and elastin, thus improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.’

Keen to know more about retinol? See our guide here. If retinol’s not your thing, you can see our list of gentler alternatives here

2. Peptides

Another skincare buzzword, peptides are short chains of amino acids that can stimulate collagen – improving your skin’s overall elasticity. In makeup, you’ll typically find peptides in foundations and creams.

3. Hyaluronic Acid

A powerful humectant that attracts and retains moisture in the skin, hyaluronic acid helps to plump up skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It also delivers a good hydration boost to stop your skin drying out. You’ll find this ingredient in foundations and concealers, mostly.

4. Antioxidants

While there are hundreds of different types of antioxidants, the most popular ones you’ll find in skincare are vitamins C and E. Antioxidants help to protect skin from free radicals (unstable molecules that damage skin cells) and environmental damage. Packed into foundations, concealers and primers, antioxidants can improve the overall look of your skin.

5. Niacinamide

With anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to improve the texture and tone of skin, niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) is another ingredient to look out for on your makeup labels. You can usually find niacinamide in foundations and tinted moisturisers.

6. Glycerine

Glycerine is a humectant (a water-absorbing substance) that can retain moisture in the skin, making it great for hydration and plumping. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and create a more supple appearance.

Anti-Ageing Makeup Products To Add To Your Routine

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Banana Lowlighter, £38


Why we love: Rodial’s lowlighter concealer is packed with ingredients that help to reduce the signs of ageing: think caffeine to reduce puffiness around the eyes, hyaluronic acid for hydration and plumping and vitamin E to soothe and moisturise skin. The banana lowlighter has been blended with a yellow undertone and helps to colour correct dark circles under the eyes and brighten the face.

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FlawLess EyeRetouch Serum, £38


Why we love: Transformulas brings makeup and skincare together with its two-in-one concealer, which contains eyeseryl (a tetrapeptide that helps reduce puffiness) and gatuline expression (a deep-impacting ingredient that stimulates collagen production) to eradicate blemishes and smooth out skin.

White bottle of primer

Charlotte Tilbury

Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer, £40


Why we love: Charlotte Tilbury is master both in skincare and makeup, so it’s no surprise the brand often marries the two. Its SPF primer tackles three goals: protection, hydration and, of course, priming skin. The formula contains SPF 50 (a preventative measure needed in everyone’s daily routine) and hyaluronic acid, and testers have shown that it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores while firming up skin.

Clear foundation bottle with black lid

Armani Beauty

Luminous Silk Foundation, £45


Why we love: This cult foundation is one of the friendliest for mature skin, with a lightweight application that has been applauded by makeup artists. It’s oil-free, and feature Micro-fil technology to help sculpt and retexture skin to blur fine lines. The inclusion of glycerine also gives a little hydration boost as a finishing touch.

Bottle of makeup in dark shade with white lid

Fenty Beauty

Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint, £29


Why we love: Fenty Beauty renowned for its wide range of shades when it comes to foundation and concealer. Its skin tint does one better also protecting a hydrating skin, through a combination of the antioxidant tocopherol (vitamin E), sodium hyaluronate (a derivative of hyaluronic acid) and glycerine. It also uses dimethicone, a silicone-based ingredient which can smooth out the skin’s surface and temporarily fill in fine lines and wrinkles.

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